John J. Ruszkiewicz


Everything’s an Argument is arguably the best book in the field for the teaching of writing.”
—Kolawole Olaiya, Anderson University
A complete package of argument, style, sourcing, and relevant readings that will keep students interested as they grow in their own writing and research.”
—Jeanne Bohannon, Kennesaw State University
“Everything’s an Argument is so thoughtful about how it presents concepts and definitions to students, and it goes on to use relevant examples (that are sometimes entertaining, sometimes eye-opening, sometimes emotional) to demonstrate the way concepts look and work in the world. I have really been blown away by the various examples, from cartoons to the readings.” –Cassandra Woody, University of Oklahoma
“This text does the best job (in my almost 8 years of teaching) of designing a visually appealing balance of written text and visuals.” –Jennifer Boyle, Davidson County Community College
“Everything's an Argument takes an intelligent approach to teaching argument writing and rhetoric. [It] challenges students while introducing rhetoric and writing concepts in a semester-long model.” –Peter Wegner, Arizona State University

"I was concerned it might be too general, trying to be all things to all disciplines. How to Write Anything? But, students tell me they use it to help with assignments in other classes. I had a remarkable number who told me that they were going to hang onto their books, not sell them back to the bookstore." -Karin Rhodes, Salem State University

"How to Write Anything has completely surpassed my expectations. It is visually appealing, nicely organized, and covers a wide variety of modes and topics, which is important to professors in my department for planning purposes. Students have commented that they enjoy reading it." - Hailey Sheets, Southwestern Michigan College

“The most comprehensive, universally applicable composition book I've found.” --Lorena Williams, Duquense University

Everything’s an Argument is a smart and reliable text on argumentation, brilliantly blending the classic tropes with contemporary issues. It does not patronize and offers a wealth of model essays for discussion, prompts, and illustrations. Students will love this book while learning the qualities of effective argument. Most pleasing to me is that the text discusses not just reasoning and logic, but also the style, in all its forms, of the well-wrought argument.” –Timothy Shonk, Eastern Illinois University

Everything's An Argument is an excellent and comprehensive introduction to argumentation; with more material than you could possibly use in a single class, it has all that one might need to successfully teach argumentative writing.” –Matthew Davis, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

“A smart, currently relevant text that demonstrates the spectrum of argumentation from pop-culture to academia.” --Sarah Duerden, Arizona State University

“Everything's an Argument is a thorough and thoroughly engaging text rooted in classical rhetoric while, at the same time, cutting edge in its attention to contemporary writing practice, presentation, and production. Its style is colorful, witty, and pedagogically motivated to help students grasp the complexities of written, oral, and visual argument.” --William Taylor, University of Alabama, Huntsville

“I think Everything’s an Argument is well organized, fantastically written, and designed beautifully. It achieves the right tone for the students and offers a good range of examples. I also enjoy the way the text utilizes sophisticated rhetorical and analytical tools without making them seem so. The opening chapters on ethos, pathos, and logos in particular provide the foundation for the following chapters and, for me, the course.” --Kevin Petersen, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

"It's great to have a textbook that illustrates quality writing. It is a textbook that sounds good read aloud."

—Cathy Decker, Chaffey College, about the author’s work in How to Write Anything


John J. Ruszkiewicz

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