Everything's an Argument

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-10-05
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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This best-selling brief text shows students how to analyze all kinds of argument — not just essays and editorials, but clothes, cars, ads, and even website designs — and then how to use what they learn to write effective arguments.

Author Biography

Andrea A. Lunsford is professor of English at Stanford University and also teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English. A past chair of CCCC, she has won the major publication awards in both the CCCC and MLA. For Bedford/St. Martin’s she is the author of The St. Martin's Handbook, Seventh Edition, The Presence of Others, Fifth Edition, and The Everyday Writer, Fifth Edition, as well as the Sixth Edition of both Everything’s an Argument books.

John J. Ruszkiewicz is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin where he has taught literature, rhetoric, and writing for more than thirty years. A winner of the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, he was instrumental in creating the Department of Rhetoric and Writing in 1993 and directed the unit from 2001-05. He has also served as president of the Conference of College Teachers of English (CCTE) of Texas. For Bedford/St. Martin's, he is coauthor, with Andrea Lunsford, of The Presence of Others (2008) and Everything’s An Argument  (2007), and coauthor, with Andrea Lunsford and Keith Walters, of Everything's An Argument with Readings (2007).
Keith Walters is professor of applied linguistics at Portland State University. Much of his research focuses on language and identity in North Africa, especially Tunisia, and the United States. He has also taught freshman composition and English as a second/foreign language.

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Fast Shipping November 5, 2014
Took less time than I expected to arrive. No issues with the actual book.
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Great book for all walks of life April 11, 2014
As a self-employed business owner for the past ten years you learn that dealing with customers can sometimes be extremely challenging. It is often that we come across clients and customers that tend to be very argumentative and always wanting their way. They say the customer is always right and for the most part as a business owner you have to conform to this theory. I was always fascinated by arguments and how to argue effectively and not just blowing up on someone with no thought behind it. Smart, insightful looks at the craft of arguing is what the book “Everything’s an Argument” teaches everyone. Whether you are a business owner, husband, wife, brother or sister this book brings a relatable subject matter to all forms of life and personality traits. It dissects all types of arguments and it’s not just essays and editorials but everything from clothes, cars, ads, web design and the list goes on. I was often torn when dealing with customers of how to relate when they became quite agitated and angry. This book made it easier for me to put myself in their shoes and relate to why they were angry. It also helped me with putting arguments at ease and stopping them before they escalated into something bigger than they needed to be. Everything’s an Argument shines a great deal of light on how to deal with even your most annoying enemy’s. It’s smart and really makes you think. It has definitely helped me in all of my recent business endeavors.
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