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With over 25 years of working together, Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell join forces once again to present university and college students with a market leading resource in their textbook Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology, ISBN 9780312570927. This text provides a simplified study of argument through a clear-cut, full-color presentation of...
With over 25 years of working together, Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell join forces once again to present university and college students with a market leading resource in their textbook Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology, ISBN 9780312570927. This text provides a simplified study of argument through a clear-cut, full-color presentation of concepts while offering an exercise-centered, step-by-step approach to explore the ins and outs of the art. Boasting easy-to-understand, straightforward vernacular, this book presents the foundational principles of traditional argument while also introducing students to unconventional strategies used in argumentation. The inclusion of reading selections from renowned writers and speakers is a major highlight of this text bringing to light the major attributes of good argument pieces. Outside of their collaboration on Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology, Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell together have published numerous best-selling college texts including Foundations First: Sentences and Paragraphs, Writing First: Practice in Context, Focus on Writing, and Patterns for College Writing. Currently, Laurie G. Kirszner teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia while Stephen R. Mandell is the founder and former director of the basic writing program at Drexel University, where he now teaches composition, literature, and technical and business writing. Effective organization is boasted of this book with the inclusion of six comprehensive sections and 28 chapters. Part 1 begins this book with a look at 'Understanding Argument.' Writings from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Zak Moore, and Tom Standage are included in this section. Part II offers strategies for 'Reading and Responding to Arguments' with selections from people such as Gerard Jones, John Leo, Rob Rogers, and Chantee Steele. Part III delves into 'Writing an Argumentative Essay.' Selections featured in these chapters come from the likes of Daniel Halperin and Shawn Holton. 'Using Sources to Support Your Argument' is the topic of choice in part IV with the spotlight on writings from Michael Gregoris, Lew McCreary, Kim Hart, Erin Blaine, and Carol Foster Segal. Part V delves into 'Patterns and Purposes' with the inclusion of selections from Adam Kennedy, Neil Waters, Robert Voas, and Carlie Webber. The final section of the book is that of part VI devoted to 'Readings' including debates asking such questions as 'Do we still need newspapers?' and 'What rights should the homeless have?' 'Casebooks' are also included in this section with questions posed such as 'Should the U.S. drill for oil in environmentally sensitive areas?' and 'Do workers still need unions?'
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