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Addressing the continuing interest in liberal arts issues, interdisciplinary themes, multicultural perspectives, and critical thinking, The McGraw-Hill Reader provides students with a full range of quality prose works spanning various ages, cultures, and subjects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072465525
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/8/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 792
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert H. Muller, who received a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Stanford University, is currently professor of English and Special Assistant to the President at the LaGuardia campus of the City University of New York. He has also taught at Stanford University, Vassar College, and several universities overseas. Dr. Muller is the author of the award-winning Nightmares and Visions: Flannery O’Connor and the Catholic Grotesque, Chester Himes , and other critical studies. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation, The Sewanee Review, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. He is also a noted author and editor of textbooks in English and composition, including The Short Prose Reader with Harvey Wiener, and with John A Williams, The McGraw-Hill Introduction to Literature, Bridges: Literature across Cultures, and Ways In: Reading and Writing about Literature. Among Dr. Muller’s awards are National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship.
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Table of Contents

* New to this edition

1. Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing

Preparing to Read

Critical Reading

Beyond Content: Focusing on Structure

Paraphrasing, Summarizing, Quoting

Reading and Analyzing Visual Texts

* Classic and Contemporary Images: How Do We Communicate?

Amos Bad Heart, View of Chief Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull

Thomas E. Franklin, Fire Fighters Raising the Flag at Ground Zero



Student Essay (Jamie Taylor), Cultist Behavior or Doltish Behavior?

Readings for Critical Response and for Writing

Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Cult of Ethnicity

Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

* Peter Elbow, Freewriting

* Donald M. Murray, The Maker’s Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscripts

2. Reading and Writing Effective Arguments

The Purpose of Argumentation

The Test of Justification

The Language of Argument

Appeals to Reason, Emotion, and Ethics

Thinking Critically About Argument

Writing Powerful Arguments

Readings for Critical Response and Writing

Classic and Contemporary Essays: How Do We Argue?

H.L. Mencken, The Penalty of Death

* Coretta Scott King, The Death Penalty Is a Step Back

* Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address

* Classic and Contemporary Images: What Is an Argument?

Francisco de Goya, The Third of May, 1808

Eddie Adams, Police Chief Brigadier General Nguyen Ngoc Loan Executes a Viet Cong Officer

Two Argumentative Essays for Analysis

* Barbara Lawrence, Four-Letter Words Can Hurt You

* Molly Ivins, Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns

3. Education

* Classic and Contemporary Images: Does EducationChange Over Time?

Zoology Lab, Oberlin College during the 1890s

Tom Stewart, Food Science Lab, University of Maine during the 1990s

Classic and Contemporary Essays: What Is the Value of Education?

Fredrick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write

Richard Rodriguez, The Lonely, Good Company of Books

Maya Angelou, Graduation

* Santha Rama Rau, By Any Other Name

Anna Quindlen, Sex Ed

* David Gelernter, Unplugged: The Myth of Computers in the Classroom

Susan Jacoby, When Bright Girls Decide That Math is "a Waste of Time"

E. D.Hirsch, Jr., Why America’s Universities Are Better than Its Schools

Gloria Steinem, The Good News Is: These Are Not the Best Years of Your Life

Benjamin R. Barber, America Skips School

4. Family Roles and Gender Roles: How Do We Become Who We Are?

* Classic and Contemporary Images: How Do We Respond to Social Events?

Pieter Brueghel the younger, Rustic Wedding

Vanessa Vick, Photograph from a Contemporary Wedding Reception

Classic and Contemporary Essays: How Much Do Families Matter?

* E.B. White, Once More to the Lake

Barbara Kingsolver, Stone Soup

Annie Dillard, An American Childhood

* Richard Rodriguez, Family Values

Amitai Etzioni, Parenting as an Industry

Francis Fukuyama, Immigrants and Family Values

Margaret Atwood, The Female Body

Paul Theroux, Being a Man

* Natalie Angier, Why Men Don’t Last

Deborah Tannen, Sex, Lies, and Conversation: Why Is It So Hard For Men and Women to Talk to Each Other?

5. History, Culture, and Civilization: Are We Citizens of the World?

* Classic and Contemporary Images: How Do We Become Americans?

Alice Austin, Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island

Associated Press, Illegal Immigrants Crossing the Border Between Guatemala and Mexico, 1999

Classic and Contemporary Essays: Are We Heading Toward a World Culture?

Oliver Goldsmith, National Prejudices

* Ishmael Reed, America: The Multinational Society

Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria

N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain

Langston Hughes, Salvation

Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

Edward T. Hall, The Arab World

* Barbara Tuchman, This Is the End of the World: The Black Death

* Ronald Takaki, Strangers From a Distant Shore

* Jessica Mitford, The American Way of Death

6. Government, Politics, and Social Justice: How Do We Decide What Is Fair?

* Classic and Contemporary Images: Is There Too Much Money in Politics?

Thomas Nast, The ‘Brains’ That Achieved the Tammany Victory at the Rochester Democratic Convention

Ann Telnaes, Soft Money Raised

Classic and Contemporary Essays: What Is the American Dream?

Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence: In Congress, July 4, 1776

Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream

* George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant

* Esther Dyson, Cyberspace: If You Don’t Love It, Leave It

Niccolo Machiavelli, The Circle of Governments

Bruce Catton, Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrast

* Bharati Mukherjee, American Dreamer

Martin Luther King, Jr., The World House

James Baldwin, Stranger in the Village

Alexis de Tocqueville, Some Reflections on American Manners

7. Business and Economics: How Do We Earn Our Keep?

* Classic and Contemporary Images: Will Workers Be Displaced by Machines?

Diego Rivera, Portion of a mural from the Detroit Institute of Arts

George Haling, Photograph of a Chrysler Assembly Line

Classic and Contemporary Essays: Does Equal Opportunity Exist?

Virginia Woolf, Professions for Woman

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Delusions of Grandeur

Anna Quindlen, Men at Work

Perri Klass, Ambition

* Chang Rae Lee, Uncle Chul Gets Rich

* Benjamin Franklin, The Way to Wealth

Richard Rodriguez, Los Pobres

Robert Reich, Why the Rich are Getting Richer, and the Poor, Poorer

* Harvey Cox, The Market as God

Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal

8. Philosophy, Ethics, and Religion: What Do We Believe?

* Classic and Contemporary Images: How Do We View Angels and Devils?

Islamic art from India, Angel and Mortal

Jacob Epstein, St. Michael and the Devil, Coventry Cathedral

Classic and Contemporary Essays: Is Superstition a Sign of Weakness or Strength?

* Margaret Mead, New Superstitions for Old

* Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Superstitious Minds

Robert Coles, I Listen to My Parents and I Wonder What They Believe

William J. Bennett, What Really Ails America

Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth

Plato, The Allegory of the Cave

John Donne, No Man Is an Island

Gilbert Highet, The Mystery of Zen

Stephen L. Carter, The Culture of Disbelief

C.S. Lewis, The Rival Conceptions of God

*9. Communication, Film, and Media: How Do We Express Ourselves?

* Classic and Contemporary Images: What Do Gangster Films Reveal about Us?

Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar, 1930

Al Pacino in The Godfather, Part III, 1990

Classic and Contemporary Essays: Why Are We Fascinated by Outlaws?

* Robert Warshow, The Gangster as Tragic Hero

* Roger Ebert, Review of Goodfellas

* Amy Tan, The Language of Discretion

Rita Dove, Loose Ends

Marie Winn, Television Addiction

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 2 Live Crew, Decoded

* Stephen King, My Creature from the Black Lagoon

Dave Barry, Red, White, and Beer

George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

Casey Miller and Kate Swift, Who’s in Charge of the English Language?

10. Science and Technology: What Can Science Teach Us?

* Classic and Contemporary Images: Where Is Science Taking Us?

Flemish School, The Movements of the Sun and Moon, Fifteenth Century

J. Hester and P. Scowen, Photograph of Gaseous Pillars taken from the Hubble Space Telescope, 1995

*Classic and Contemporary Essays: What Is Technological Progress?

Lewis Mumford, The Monastery and the Clock

Jeremy Rifkin, The Age of SimulationCharles Darwin, Natural Selection

* Richard Selzer, Sarcophagus

Carl Sagan, Can We Know the Universe? Reflections on a Grain of Sand

Perri Klass, Macho

* Lewis Thomas, The Technology of Medicine

* Loren Eiseley, The Bird and the Machine

Stephen J. Gould, The Terrifying Normalcy of AIDS

Terry Tempest Williams, The Clan of One-breasted Women

11. Nature and the Environment: How Do We Relate to the Natural World?

* Classic and Contemporary Images: Are We Destroying Our Natural World?

John Frederick Kensett, Along the Hudson

Michael Brophy, Powerline

Classic and Contemporary Essays: Do We Own Nature?

Chief Seattle, Letter to President Pierce, 1855

* Barry Lopez, The Stone Horse

Rachel Carson, The Obligation to Endure

* Alice Walker, Am I Blue?

* Noel Perrin, The Greenest Campuses: An Idiosyncratic Guide

Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces

Mark Twain, Two Views of The Mississippi

Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson

Henry David Thoreau, Economy

John Steinbeck, Americans and the Land

12. A Guide to Research and Documentation

Research Writing: Preconceptions and Practice

The Research Process

Phases in the Research Process

Phase 1: Defining Your Objective

Phase 2: Locating Your Sources

Phase 3: Gathering and Organizing Data

Phase 4: Writing and Submitting the Paper

Documenting Sources

Sample Student Paper

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