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This affordable new reader from best-selling author Gary Goshgarian provides a wide-ranging collection of contemporary readings—almost 80% written in the 21st century--designed to get today’s students talking—and writing.

With chapters focusing on complex, current issues like global warming, media influence, and immigration, Readings for Today offers a wide range of contemporary opinion by journalists, academics, and public figures like Peggy Orenstein, David Brooks, Charles Murray, and Al Gore.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205568567
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 12/13/2007
  • Series: Pearson English Value Textbook Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction: How to Read and Write Critically What is Critical Thinking? Why Read Critically? How to Read Critically What is Critical Writing? Strategies for Writing

Chapter 1: The Images We Project

Chapter Introduction

John Cloud, “Never Too Buff”

Garance Franke-Ruta, “The Natural Beauty Myth”

Niranjana Iyer, “Weight of the World”

Alisa Valdes, “My Hips, My Caderas”

VIEWPOINTS: Scott McKeen, “A Man’s Guide to Slimming Couture”

VIEWPOINTS: Catherine Lawson, “Why Do We Get to Laugh at Fat Guys?”

Chapter 2: Wanting It, Selling It

Chapter Introduction

Robert J. Samuelson, Shop ‘til We Drop?

Peggy Orenstein, What’s Wrong with Cinderella?

Douglas Rushkoff, “A Brand by Any Other Name”

James Twitchell, Lux Populi

VIEWPOINTS: William Lutz, “With These Words I Can Sell You Anything”

VIEWPOINTS: Charles A. O’Neill, “The Language of Advertising”

Chapter 3: The American Family in Flux

Chapter Introduction

Betty G. Farrell, “Family: Idea, Institution, and Controversy”

James Wilson, “The Decline of Marriage”

Stephanie Coontz, “For Better, For Worse”

David Popenoe & Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, The Cultural Devaluation of Child-Rearing

VIEWPOINTS: Andrew Sullivan, “Why The ‘M’ Word Matters to Me”

VIEWPOINTS: Margaret A. Somerville, “The Case Against Same Sex Marriage”

Chapter 4: Television’s Influence

Chapter Introduction

Jane Rosenzweig, “Can TV Improve Us?”

Andrew O'Hehir, The Myth of Media Violence

The Great TV Debate, Jason Kelly

Heather Havrilesky, Three Cheers for Reality TV

VIEWPOINTS: AAP Recommends No Television for Children

VIEWPOINTS: Ariel Gore, “TV Can Be a Good Parent”

Chapter 5: The Global Warming Debate

Chapter Introduction

Al Gore, Global Warming Is an Immediate Crisis

Richard S. Lindzen, Don't Believe the Hype

Pew Research Center, Global Warming: A Divide on Causes and Solutions

VIEWPOINTS: Ellen Goodman, No change in political climate

VIEWPOINTS: Dennis Prager, On Comparing Global Warming Denial to Holocaust Denial

Chapter6: Exploring the Gender Gap

Chapter Introduction

Madeleine Begun Kane, “My Most Attractive Adversary”

Scott Russell Sanders, “The Men We Carry in Our Minds”

Lyz Baranowski, “Girls, We Really Are Our Own Worst Enemies”

Lindsay Johns, In Search of Notorious PhDs

VIEWPOINTS: Linda Hirshman, Homeward Bound

VIEWPOINTS: David Brooks, The Year of Domesticity

Chapter 7: The University System

Chapter Introduction

Jeffrey Hart, How to Get a College Education

Alicia C. Shepard, A’s for Everyone!

John H. McWhorter, Who Should Get into College?

Charles Murray, What’s Wrong with Vocational School?

VIEWPOINTS: Charles Lawrence III, Regulating Racist Speech on Campus (Charles Lawrence III)

VIEWPOINTS: Harvey Silverglate, Muzzling Free Speech

Chapter 8: Race and Ethnicity

Chapter Introduction

Alan Jenkins, Inequality, Race and Remedy

David Brooks, “People Like Us”

Jordan Lite, “Please Ask Me ‘Who,’ Not ‘What’ I Am”

Don Terry, Getting Under My Skin

VIEWPOINTS: Steve Chapman, The Racial Profiling Myth Lives On

VIEWPOINTS: Eugene Robinson, “You have the right to remain a target of racial profiling”

Chapter 9: The Immigration Debate:

Chapter Introduction

Gregory Rodriguez, Forging a New Vision for America’s Meltingpot

Victor Davis Hanson, Do We Want Mexifornia?

David M. Kennedy, Can We Still Afford to be a Nation of Immigrants?

Tomás R. Jiménez, The Next Americans

VIEWPOINTS: James Crawford, A Nation Divided by One Language

VIEWPOINTS:Gabriella Kuntz, My Spanish Standoff

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