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    Anthony Weston

    A Rulebook for Arguments (Fourth Edition)

    "This is the ultimate 'how-to' book for anyone who wants to use reasons and evidence in support of conclusions, to be clear instead of confusing, persuasive instead of dogmatic, and better at evaluating the arguments of others.  No one outgrows its forty-five timeless rules, all explained and illustrated with vivid examples.  The fourth edition, even more elegantly organized and concise than before, adds new material on oral presentations and Web sources that everyone needs."
         —Debra Nails, Michigan State University

  2. A Rulebook for Decision Making

    George Pullman

    A Rulebook for Decision Making

    "Pullman offers his readers essential insights into how humans reason and make decisions. Both concise and far-reaching, his work teaches us how to challenge intuitive logic and examine the processes for deliberative reasoning. This text will prove foundational for students in their intellectual journey toward the development of real skills in critical thinking. By pointing to simple yet profound examples, Pullman's text is both readable and provocative as it challenges us to consider the very mechanisms by which we understand our own cognitive biases."
         —Bradley A. Hammer, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  3. A Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking (Second Edition)

    David R. Morrow & Anthony Weston

    A Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking (Second Edition)

    A Workbook for Arguments builds on Anthony Weston's A Rulebook for Arguments to provide a complete textbook for a course in critical thinking or informal logic. The second edition adds: updated and improved homework exercises—nearly one third are new—to ensure that the examples continue to resonate with students, increased coverage of scientific reasoning, demonstrating how scientific reasoning dovetails with critical thinking more generally, and two new activities in which students analyze arguments in their original form, as provided in brief selections from the original texts. Companion website for Workbook for Arguments.

  4. Chodorow: Writing a Successful Research Paper   &   Harvey: Writing with Sources, (2nd Edition)

    Stanley Chodorow & Gordon Harvey

    Chodorow: Writing a Successful Research Paper & Harvey: Writing with Sources, (2nd Edition)

     Now available together as a set for a discounted price: Writing A Successful Research Paper: A Simple Approach, by Stanley Chodorow, with, Writing with Sources, (Second Edition): A Guide for Students, by Gordon Harvey.

  5. English in Blue & White

    Chris Giles and John Powell

    English in Blue & White

    Designed for middle school courses in English teaching a balance between grammar, composition and literature. Course Instructors: An electronic answer key (PDF only) is available for qualified instructors who have adopted this text for course use. Click here to request the PDF answer key.

  6. Gorgias (Zeyl Edition)

    Plato
    Translated by Donald J. Zeyl

    Gorgias (Zeyl Edition)

    “This is an excellent translation. It achieves a very high standard of accuracy and readability, two goals very difficult to attain in combination when it comes to such a master of prose and philosophical argument as Plato. Because of this the book is suitable for courses at all levels in philosophy, from introductory courses on Plato, or problems in Philosophy, to graduate seminars.”
         —Gerasimos Santas, Teaching Philosophy

  7. On Poetry and Style

    Aristotle
    Translated by G. M. A. Grube

    On Poetry and Style

    Contains the Poetics and the first twelve chapters of the Rhetoric, Book III.

  8. Persuasion: History, Theory, Practice

    George Pullman

    Persuasion: History, Theory, Practice

    George Pullman's lively and accessible introduction to the study of persuasion is an ideal text for use in courses where the understanding and practice of argumentation, rhetoric, and critical thinking are central.

  9. Phaedrus (Nehamas & Woodruff Edition)

    Plato
    Translated by Alexander Nehamas and Paul Woodruff

    Phaedrus (Nehamas & Woodruff Edition)

    "A superb translation that captures the rhetorical brilliance of the Greek. . . . The translation is faithful in the very best sense: it reflects both the meaning and the beauty of the Greek text. . . . The footnotes are always helpful, never obtrusive. A one-page outline is useful since there are no editorial additions to mark major divisions in the dialogue. An appendix containing fragments of early Greek love poetry helps the reader appreciate the rich, and perhaps elusive, meaning of eros. . . . The entire Introduction is crisply written, and the authors' erudition shines throughout, without a trace of pedantry. . . . this is an excellent book that deservedly should find wide circulation for many years to come."
         —Tim Mahoney, University of Texas at Arlington

  10. Plato: Gorgias & Aristotle: Rhetoric

    Plato & Aristotle
    Translated, with Introduction, by Joe Sachs

    Plato: Gorgias & Aristotle: Rhetoric

    By pairing translations of Gorgias and Rhetoric, along with an outstanding introductory essay, Joe Sachs demonstrates Aristotles response to Plato. If in the Gorgias Plato probes the question of what is problematic in rhetoric, in Rhetoric, Aristotle continues the thread by looking at what makes rhetoric useful. By juxtaposing the two texts, an interesting "conversation" is illuminated—one which students of philosophy and rhetoric will find key in their analytical pursuits.

  11. Socrates and the Sophists

    Plato
    Translated, with Introductory Essay, by Joe Sachs

    Socrates and the Sophists

    This is an English translation of four of Plato’s dialogues (ProtagorasEuthydemusHippias Major, and Cratylus) that explores the topic of sophistry and philosophy, a key concept at the source of Western thought. Includes notes and an introductory essay.

  12. Sophist (Brann, Kalkavage, & Salem Edition)

    Plato
    Translated, with Introduction and Glossary, by Eva Brann, Peter Kalkavage, and Eric Salem

    Sophist (Brann, Kalkavage, & Salem Edition)

    This is an English translation of Plato presenting a new conception of the Theory of Forms. Socrates and others discuss the epistemological and metaphysical puzzles of the Parmenides, with aims to define the meaning of the Sophist. The glossary of key terms is a unique addition to Platonic literature by which concepts central to each dialogue are discussed and cross-referenced as to their occurrences throughout the work. In such a way students are encouraged to see beyond the words into concepts.

  13. Technical and Professional Communication, (Edition 1.1)

    Dolores Lehr

    Technical and Professional Communication, (Edition 1.1)

    Technical and Professional Communication encourages readers to view both text and visuals as an integral part of an overall document rather than as separate entities. To achieve this end, each of the fifteen chapters focuses on some aspect of text and graphics while discussing one or the other more extensively. The book is divided into four parts. The first three parts focus on planning documents, composing text or generating graphics, and the applications: definitions, technical descriptions, instructions, proposals, reports, correspondences, promotional materials, and oral presentations. The last part serves as a reference for correcting writing errors and documenting sources. Edition 1.1 includes a number of minor improvements as well as updates reflecting changes in technology.

  14. The English Language

    Jack Lynch

    The English Language

    Updated and expanded from one of the most popular grammar sites on the web, this book provides a modern guide to English usage for the 21st century. With topics arranged alphabetically and written in an enjoyable and readable tone, The English Language: A User's Guide will help students and writers understand the nature of the language, explaining the "why" of the rules as well as what constitutes good grammar and style. Going beyond the prescriptive wrong /right examples, Jack Lynch includes examples of weak/strong, good/better, disputed/preferred, and informal/formal usage.

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    Michael Harvey

    The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing (Second Edition)

    "This wonderful little book has helped improve the level of writing in all the courses I teach. No one should graduate from college without having used it."
         —Gonzalo Munevar, Lawrence Technological University

  16. Writing a Successful Research Paper: A Simple Approach

    Stanley Chodorow

    Writing a Successful Research Paper: A Simple Approach

    "Writing a successful research paper is not easy, but Stanley Chodorow's book is so lucid and well organized that, with it as an aid, students will find the process less daunting—and perhaps even satisfying. The sixth chapter, on using evidence, is the best and most helpful thing I've ever read on that crucial topic."
       —Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English, Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House, and Director of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania

  17. Writing Online: Rhetoric for the Digital Age

    George Pullman

    Writing Online: Rhetoric for the Digital Age

    "Contrary to the old adage about finding new names for old things, Writing Online: Rhetoric for the Digital Age gives new life and new meaning to old names. The book and its companion website transform ancient rhetoric as a process of oral composition—invention, arrangement, memory, style, and delivery—into a digital rhetoric, a dynamic process of writing for the World Wide Web: dynamic because it shows not only how to write in a Web-based medium but, more importantly, how to learn and adapt to a medium that is constantly evolving and changing. Unlike conventional books that provide specific solutions to specific problems, Writing Online reenacts the process of solving Web-based writing problems, explaining everything from how to create a simple web page to how to develop a sophisticated content management system and everything in between: HTML, HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and much more. . . ."    —James P. Zappen, Professor, Department of Communication and Media, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Companion website: www.digital-rhetor.com

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    Gordon Harvey

    Writing with Sources (2nd Edition)

    "The best little book for college writers. Harvey understands the writer's position—and plight—when composing essays that must respond to texts yet make independent assertions. Writing with Sources not only provides clear rules of citation for papers in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, but it also shows how writers can incorporate and advance ideas learned from other writers, while avoiding the bad habits of composition that can lead to plagiarism. It's the one book to keep on your desk."
         —David Gewanter, English Department, Georgetown University

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