Ideas across Time / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 75%)
Est. Return Date: 05/30/2015
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 34%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 98%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (30) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $76.02   
  • Used (26) from $1.99   


Ideas Across Time gives depth to students' writing by helping them make connections between their contemporary world and the important ideas that have shaped it. Beginning with a contemporary selection that ties the chapter's idea to the student's experience, each chapter proceeds to introduce students to significant and influential writers and thinkers. Thoughtful and provoking reading apparatus helps students understand challenging concepts, encourages them to develop ideas in their writing, and prompts them to research new questions.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072882612
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/18/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 669,732
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents



Joel L. Swerdlow, Changing America (Keynote)

St. John De Crevecoeur, What is an American?

James Baldwin, The Discovery of What It Means To Be An American

Mary Gordon, The Ghosts of Ellis Island

Judith Ortiz Cofer, Silent Dancing

Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

The American Effect: Global Perspectives on the United States, 1990-2003


Gregory Rodriguez, Catholic Confession (Keynote)

Selections from the King James Bible

Selections from the Qur’an

Selections from the Analects of Confucius

Selections from the Rig Veda and the Upanishads

Tom Paine, What I Believe

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The Book of Genesis

Friedrich Nietzsche, God is Dead

William James, The Will to Believe

Paul Tillich, The Lost Dimension in Religion

Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness

Karen Armstrong, History and Religion

Images of Divinity


Rosie Mestel, Of Mice and Men: We’re Quite Similar, Genetically (Keynote)

Francis Bacon, Sphinx, or science

Mary Shelley, from Frankenstein

Charles Darwin, from The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man

Stephen Jay Gould, Introduction to Darwin

Luther Standing Bear, Nature

Albert Einstein, Letters to and From Children

Richard Feynman, The Value of Science

Annie Dillard, Life on the Rocks: The Galapagos

Sherry Turkle, How Computers Change The Way We Think

Photo, Qafzeh skull in Times Square


Craig S. Smith, China Juggles the Conflicting Pressures of a Society in Transition (Keynote)

Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

Louisa May Alcott, How I Went Out to Service

Album: Money Matters.

Six brief passages about money from Christopher Columbus, Henry Mayhew, W.H. Auden, Gertrude Stein, Edward Bellamy, and Dana Gioia.

Studs Terkle, Mike Lefevre

Peter Singer, The Singer Solution to World Poverty

Barbara Ehrenreich, Selling in Minnesota

Bertolt Brecht, A Worker Reads History

“American Values” (advertisement) and “Signs of the Times” (photo)


Fareed Zakaria, The Democratic Age (Keynote)

Niccolo Machiavelli, On the Exercise of Power

John Locke, from The Second Treatise of Civil Government

Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

Mary Wollstonecraft, The Rights and Involved Duties of Mankind Considered

Henry Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

Thomas Babington Macaulay, Letter on Democracy

Daniel J. Boorstin, Technology and Democracy

Vaclav Havel, The Power of the Powerless

Benjamin Barber, Jihad Vs. McWorld

Gish Jen, In the American Society

David Hume Kennerly, Photographs Across America


Gloria Goodale, Black and White (Keynote)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Origin of Inequality

Alexis de Tocqueville, Equality and Individualism

Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

W.E.B. DuBois, Of Our Spiritual Strivings

Simone de Beauvoir, What is a Woman?

Betty Friedan, The Problem Without a Name

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

bell hooks, Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression

Richard Rodriguez, Brown

Jamaica Kincaid, Girl

Nostalgic Barbie


Dan Barry and Carol Vogel, Guiliani Vows To Cut Subsidy Over ‘Sick’ Art (Keynote)

Plato, from The Republic

Aristotle, from Poetics

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Art

Oscar Wilde, Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray

Meyer Schapiro, The Introduction of Modern Art in America: The Armory Show

Illustration: Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase

Susan Sontag, A Century of Cinema

N. Scott Momaday, The Arrowmaker

Sandra Cisneros, Little Miracles, Kept Promises


Studs Terkel, Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Keynote)

Socrates, Apology

Marcus Aurelius, from The Meditations

Virginia Woolf, The Death of a Moth

Album: “Where are the snows of Yesteryear?”: Some Thoughts on Death and Dying (1450-2001)

Francois Villon, The Ballad of Dead Ladies

Emily Dickinson, The Last Night That She Lived

Emily Dickinson, Because I Could Not Stop For Death

Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Anne Sexton, Imitations of Drowning

Angelina Rossi, Mothers and Sons

Rick Rundle, The Stranger

Carlos Cortez, The Day of the Dead

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, On the Fear of Death

Yukio Mishima, from The Way of the Samurai

Leslie Marmon Silko, From A High Arid Plateau in New Mexico Death among the Pueblo People

Sherwin B. Nuland, Suicide and Euthanasia

Photos from the Paris Catacombs
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)