Seventh Edition   ©2016

Everything's an Argument with Readings with 2016 MLA Update

Andrea A. Lunsford (Stanford University) , John J. Ruszkiewicz (The University of Texas at Austin) , Keith Walters (Portland State University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-08574-1; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-08574-2; Format: Paper Text, 864 pages

A clear guide establishes the founding principles of argumentation, including classical and visual rhetoric, logic and fallacies, the syllogism, induction and deduction, Toulmin and Rogerian argument, rhetorical analysis, presentation, and style.

An anthology of five readings chapters provides engrossing and diverse models. Topics such as cultural stereotypes, sustainability, and diversity on campus immerse students in complex arguments with real consequences. Helpful cross-references link the guide to the readings.

Readings on current issues encourage students to analyze the world around them.
  • From Twitter feeds and blog posts to journal articles and Supreme Court rulings, readings represent a wide range of genres and media.
  • Selections such as Amy Zimmerman’s media review, “It Ain’t Easy Being Bisexual on TV,” and David H. Freedman’s magazine article, “Are Engineered Foods Evil?” tackle controversial topics.

A realistic, full-color design presents each reading in the context of its original publication.  Students can consider how the genre and design of the various selections—among them, blog posts, op-eds, and scholarly articles—contribute to an argument’s effectiveness.