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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2012
Now that I have read numerous textbooks used in English 101 classes, I feel I can safely say that Rereading America is the best one out there. I was going to swtich to another book to use in my classes, but no other book was as good a spring board for students to write about. While some students loved it or hated it, the book provided a good jumping off point for students to write. One negative though is that the 6th edition is better than the 8th edition. It is longer and has slightly better essays.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2011
i had to buy this book for an english course in college, but i have to say i definitely fell in love with all the stories and articles in this book. definitely makes you think about things in a different way and makes you re-evaluate some of your beliefs. it's a great learning tool.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2011
First off, keep in mind that I criticize radical conservative books probably even more harshly than Rereading America. Extremists on both sides are just two different brands of fools.

Like myself, most of you are buying this book because it is mandatory for your college English class. If you are buying this for another reason, I can sum up the book pretty quickly and save you the effort.

Here are the main topics that this radical leftist persuasion piece focuses on:

-Straight white men are the devil and responsible for all your woes
-The traditional family model is dysfunctional and irrelevant
-The only people that get ahead in a capitalist system are those already in the upper class
-Women are oppressed, objectified creatures that have been tricked by men to serve them
-And in case your forgot, straight white men are the devil and responsible for all the problems in the world.

The authors of these short stories, essays, and poems can obsess about skin color and the type of genitals a person happens to be equipped with if they wish to do so. My personal problem with this book is that it is not a good choice for a college writing class. It does not draw upon information from different perspectives.

The conservative equivalent of Rereading America would be essays written by creationists!
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on May 29, 2015
How this passes as a Composition 1 textbook I have no idea. I can only imagine that this book is widely chosen by professors who care more about agenda and propaganda than instruction. It makes me sad that the author of this book seems so one sided and terrified of differing opinions. Hopefully other college students will figure that out by the time they've browsed through the table of contents.
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on July 1, 2015
Got this book for an English class, and thought I'd never read any chapters outside of what I'd be assigned for the class. I was pleasantly surprised to randomly open the pages to a few sections that were actually pretty interesting. It's very informative and for a college text, easy to read and understand. I was planning on reselling this book, but I think I'll keep it for my collection.
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on September 29, 2012
I love this book. It contains quite a few classic works and offers a new spin on certain recent events. It comes with an online feature that I thought was kind of nice and could be useful to some people. The books not too thick and contains pretty decent quality pictures. I was glad to have bought this book instead of renting or buying used.
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on January 26, 2013
The book is made up of many different essays on a wide variety of topics. The best way to read it is in small group settings so you can discuss the material. Authors are from all generations past and present. I highly recommend. After my class I will be keeping this one on my personal library shelf.
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on September 25, 2011
This was the correct item, my english 112 proffesor told us to buy this for the online assess code. But its already a month in class and she havent even use the code yet. But the price was reasonable, and i receieved it in 3 days, Thanks again
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on January 21, 2013
The book "Rereading America" is great to learn how to read and write critically.
And then writing is the hardest part in the four skills in English, so this book can give a new
idea for writers how to use it.
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on October 30, 2013
This is a must have for people who are interested in the "good old days" (1950's) Was life better then, or just simpler?
Great book, easy to read.....highly recommend it.
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