Eighth Edition   ©2019

Everything's an Argument

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

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-05627-X; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-05627-8; Format: Paper Text, 608 pages

New attention in Chapter 1 to critical reading and rhetorical listening.  A new section, “Why Listen to Arguments Rhetorically and Respectfully,” teaches students how to listen openly and constructively--an essential skill at school, in the workplace, in politics, and online.  Authors Andrea Lunsford and John Ruszkiewicz argue passionately that we benefit from escaping our “echo chambers,” respectfully consider all viewpoints, and find common ground.
Eightnew model arguments by noted writers exemplify current, real-world arguments by type:

  • Legal scholar Stephen L. Carter presents a Toulmin argument addressing whether racial epithets should be allowed as free speech
  • Nicholas Kristof’s New York Times op-ed in defense of public wilderness is paired with a student rhetorical analysis, demonstrating how to perform a careful, close reading of all elements of the rhetorical situation.
  • Community college professor Rob Jenkins offers an argument of definition focused on the professor-student relationship.

Five new student essays offer relatable examples on topics students care about, such as millennials’ love of food, choosing to be single, and breaking social media addiction. Helpful annotations point out how the student writers develop and support their arguments.