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A Brief Guide to Writing from Readings (4th Edition)

by Stephen Wilhoit

A Brief Guide to Writing from Readings teaches students how to write the most common papers assigned in college courses: source-based essays that summarize, analyze, critique, and synthesize. Comprehensive enough to serve as a primary text yet compact enough to serve as a supplement, this clear and concise writing guide teaches students how to critically read, clearly summarize, carefully respond to, and accurately quote or paraphrase texts. A Brief Guide to Writing from Readings, Fourth Edition, is a valuable teaching and reference tool that students of many disciplines will find useful for course work and for independent study. This text is an excellent teaching tool and reference guide to the most widely used documentation styles. NEW TO THIS EDITION · A new chapter, "Argumentative Synthesis" (Chapter 10), expands coverage of the definition and elements of an argument, including claims, grounds, and warrants. A new chapter, "Rhetorical Analysis" (Chapter 8), reinforces the rhetorical concepts, habituates students to reading and writing rhetorically, and features a rhetorical analysis of President Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address. An expanded chapter on response essays (Chapter 6) includes suggestions for writing thesis statements ("openings") and concluding paragraphs ("closings"), and features sample essays. Two new Appendices, "Peer Review Guidelines" and "Revision Guidelines," offer brief action steps for which A Brief Guide is well known.

A Brief History of Afghanistan

by Shaista Wahab Barry Youngerman

Wahab (Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection, U. Library, U. of Nebraska, Omaha) provides a clear, concise history of Afghanistan's historical and cultural heritage, from 3000 BCE to the present, for students, scholars, and general readers. Following an overview of the land and the people, subsequent chapters examine the country's early history, the rise of Islam, the birth of modern Afghanistan, 20th-century monarchy, the coup and revolution in the 1970s, the Soviet period of 1979-1989, the subsequent years of rebellion, mujahideen rule in the 1990s, the Taliban era, and the aftermath of the civil war. The main text is supplemented with an appendix of basic facts, a chronology, bibliography, and list of suggested reading materials for each chapter, and is illustrated throughout with b&w photographs, maps and charts. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

A Brief History of American Sports

by Warren Goldstein Elliott J. Gorn

How sports have changed! At the end of our century, a baseball player won a contract that paid him several million dollars a year; a boxer consistantly earns millions of dollars for a single fight; a television network pays billions and billions to broadcast our national pastime. Two distinguished cultural historians trace the evolution of American play from its English origins through the explosive and controversies of modern sports. From the eariest years, our attitudes about games have been played by major social and cultural forces, religious structures, industrialization, racial and gender discrimination, drug abuse, the growth of the cities, the power of money, and the rise of mass culture.

A Brief History of Analytic Philosophy: From Russell to Rawls

by Stephen P. Schwartz

A Brief History of Analytic Philosophy: From Russell to Rawls presents a comprehensive overview of the historical development of all major aspects of analytic philosophy, the dominant Anglo-American philosophical tradition in the twentieth century. Features coverage of all the major subject areas and figures in analytic philosophy - including Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, G.E. Moore, Gottlob Frege, Carnap, Quine, Davidson, Kripke, Putnam, and many othersContains explanatory background material to help make clear technical philosophical conceptsIncludes listings of suggested further readingsWritten in a clear, direct style that presupposes little previous knowledge of philosophy

A Brief History of Anxiety (Yours and Mine)

by Patricia Pearson

Patricia Pearson returns to non-fiction with a witty, insightful and highly personal look at recognizing and coping with fears and anxieties in our contemporary world.The millions of North Americans who silently cope with anxiety at last have a witty, articulate champion in Patricia Pearson, who shows that the anxious are hardly "nervous nellies" with "weak characters" who just need medicine and a pat on the head. Instead, Pearson questions what it is about today's culture that is making people anxious, and offers some surprising answers-as well as some inspiring solutions based on her own fierce battle to drive the beast away. Drawing on personal episodes of incapacitating dread as a vivid, often hilarious guide to her quest to understand this most ancient of human emotions, Pearson delves into the history and geography of anxiety. Why are North Americans so much more likely to suffer than Latin Americans? Why did Darwin treat hypochondria with sprays from a hose? Why have we forgotten the insights of some of our greatest philosophers, theologians and psychologists in favor of prescribing addictive drugs? In this blend of fascinating reportage and poignant memoir, Pearson ends with her struggle to withdraw from antidepressants and to find more self-aware and philosophically-grounded ways to strengthen the soul.From the Hardcover edition.

A Brief History of Canada (2nd edition)

by Roger E. Riendeau

This is a new edition of a general history of Canada by Riendeau (U. of Toronto, Canada) that extends the treatment through 2007. It begins in the pre-European settlement era and gives an account of French colonial development, the transition to British rule, the development of the national constitution, and the emergence of the modern order. The focus of the volume is on political and economic developments. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

A Brief History of Christian Worship

by James F White

Most histories of Christian worship are written as if nothing significant in liturgical history ever happened in North America, as if cultural diversities were insignificant in the development of worship, and as if most of what mattered were words the priest or minister addressed to God. This book is a revisionist work, attempting to give new direction to liturgical history by treating the experience of worship of the people in the pews as the primary liturgical document. It means liturgical history written facing the other way--that is, looking into the chancel rather than out of it. Relishing the liturgical diversity of recent centuries as firm evidence of Chritianity's ability to adapt to a wide variety of peoples and places, Professor White shows that this tendency has been apparent in Chrisitian worship since its inception in the New Testament churches. Instead of imposing one tradition's criteria on worship, he tries to give a balanced and comprehensive approach to the development of the dozen or more traditions surviving in the modern world.

A Brief History of Computing

by Gerard O'Regan

This lively and fascinating text traces the key developments in computation - from 3000 B.C. to the present day - in an easy-to-follow and concise manner. Topics and features: ideal for self-study, offering many pedagogical features such as chapter-opening key topics, chapter introductions and summaries, exercises, and a glossary; presents detailed information on major figures in computing, such as Boole, Babbage, Shannon, Turing, Zuse and Von Neumann; reviews the history of software engineering and of programming languages, including syntax and semantics; discusses the progress of artificial intelligence, with extension to such key disciplines as philosophy, psychology, linguistics, neural networks and cybernetics; examines the impact on society of the introduction of the personal computer, the World Wide Web, and the development of mobile phone technology; follows the evolution of a number of major technology companies, including IBM, Microsoft and Apple.

A Brief History of Dog Guides for the Blind

by Nelson Coon

This small book originally an article written by the reference librarian at the Blindiana Library at Perkins School for the Blind highlights the varied and long history of dog guides for blind people. From Pompae, to Japan, from the 15th centure to biblical times the author depicts and writes about dogs guiding blind people. Illustrated with descriptive paintings and texts from various books, this book is a treasure for anyone who loves dogs, and or history.

A Brief History of Drugs: From the Stone Age to the Stoned Age

by Antonio Escohotado

This fascinating book examines the instrumental role drugs have played in our cultural, social, and spiritual development from antiquity to the present.

A Brief History of Everything (2nd edition)

by Ken Wilber

A Brief History of Everything sheds a very original light, not just on the cosmic questions in our lives, but on dozens of confusing and unsettling issues of our times--the changing roles of men and women; the continuing destruction of the environment; diversity and multiculturalism; repressed memory and childhood sexual abuse; and the role of the Internet in the information age--among many others.

A Brief History Of France

by Cecil Jenkins

A Brief History of France tells the story of the formation of this grand nation through its people, great events, and culture. When we think of France we often evoke images of fine food and wine, the elegant boulevards of Paris, and the chic beaches of St. Tropez, but the largest country in Europe has much more to offer than tourist attractions.

A Brief History of Iraq

by Hala Fattah Hala Mundhir Fattah Frank Caso

Fattah (world history, American Community School, Jordan) and Caso (writer and editor) offer a comprehensive view of Iraq, a region once far from the minds of almost everyone but its residents, and now a daily source of news and debate. The book begins with Iraq's Mesopotamian origins and concludes with the 2003 U.S. invasion and the end of Saddam Hussein. It explores the country in terms of its ethnicities, religions and sects, national groups, adaptation, acculturation, interaction, and growth. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

A Brief History of Ireland

by Paul E. State

A Brief History of Ireland provides a broad narrative of the central events that have shaped the country, from the arrival of the Celts to recent economic developments that have brought booming prosperity and social change. The geographical proximity of Great Britain and a strained relationship between the peoples of the two isles had a profound impact on Irish development, culminating in the forced absorption of Ireland into Great Britain in 1801. The Irish struggled to retain their separate ethnic identity defined by a distinctive language and cultural traditions and their Roman Catholic faith-and resolved to win independence. For more than a century, Ireland became hostage to the religious discord, outbreaks of armed rebellion, social and political instability, and famines that plagued the nation and its people. The Irish managed to survive, and, ultimately, they succeeded in securing their dream of national self-identity. Now a democratic and prosperous nation open to the world, modern Ireland is a synthesis of both Irish and English heritages.

A Brief History of Montmaray

by Michelle Cooper

"There's a fine line between gossip and history, when one is talking about kings. " Sophie Fitzosborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her eccentric and impoverished royal family. When she receives a journal for her sixteenth birthday, Sophie decides to chronicle day-to-day life on the island. But this is 1936, and the news that trickles in from the mainland reveals a world on the brink of war. The politics of Europe seem far away from their remote island--until two German officers land a boat on Montmaray. And then suddenly politics become very personal indeed. A Brief History of Montmarayis a heart-stopping tale of loyalty, love, and loss, and of fighting to hold on to home when the world is exploding all around you. "Once in a while, a special book will cross our paths and make us grateful for life and the ability to read. I'm talking aboutA Brief History of Montmarayby Michelle Cooper. I'm calling her Australia's next stroke of literary brilliance. "--Viewpoint From the Hardcover edition.

A Brief History of Neoliberalism

by David Harvey

Neoliberalism - the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action - has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Its spread has depended upon a reconstitution of state powers such that privatization, finance, and market processes are emphasized. State interventions in the economy are minimized, while the obligations of the state to provide for the welfare of its citizens are diminished. David Harvey, author of 'The New Imperialism' and 'The Condition of Postmodernity', here tells the political-economic story of where neoliberalization came from and how it proliferated on the world stage. While Thatcher and Reagan are often cited as primary authors of this neoliberal turn, Harvey shows how a complex of forces, from Chile to China and from New York City to Mexico City, have also played their part. In addition he explores the continuities and contrasts between neoliberalism of the Clinton sort and the recent turn towards neoconservative imperialism of George W. Bush. Finally, through critical engagement with this history, Harvey constructs a framework not only for analyzing the political and economic dangers that now surround us, but also for assessing the prospects for the more socially just alternatives being advocated by many oppositional movements.

A Brief History of Netherlands

by Paul F. State

Arranged chronologically, this history describes Dutch urban development during the middle ages, Holland's economic growth after independence from Spain, the establishment of a parliamentary government, its role during the world wars, and the country's reconstruction after World War II. Recommended for public and college libraries. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

A Brief History of Pakistan

by James Wynbrandt

Wynbrandt, a writer and journalist, explores the historical precedents and events that have placed Pakistan firmly in the center of the global war on terror, an ideological conflict between dictatorship and democracy, and between secular and Islamic rule. This brief account touches on a number of topics, including the young country's people, its tumultuous past, the Islamization of Pakistan, Pakistan during the rule of Pervez Musharraf, the country's nuclear weapons program, and its relations with the United States, Afghanistan, and India. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

A Brief History of Pirates and Buccaneers

by Tom Bowling

From Stevenson's Treasure Island to Pirates of the Caribbean, the romantic image of pirates in popular culture has long been with us. But pirates are not all as charming as Johnny Depp. In ancient times Thracians, Cilicians and Illyrians terrorised traders in the Mediterranean, while the Barbary pirates of North Africa instilled fear wherever they went from the Holy Lands to the coast of Ireland. It was not until the age of Discovery, when ships began to cross the Atlantic carrying unimaginable riches from the New World that the traditional image of the buccaneering pirate was created. In England, heroes such as Sir Francis Drake were feted for their exploits against the Spanish fleet in which piracy was little more than state-sponsored terrorism. Tom Bowling's lively history explores many of the myths and true stories about the notorious outlaws of the oceans: including Captain Kidd, Blackbeard as well as Mary Read and other famous female pirates.

A Brief History of Seven Killings

by Marlon James

"No book this fall is more impressive than A Brief History of Seven Killings." (Publishers Weekly) From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes one of the year's most anticipated novels, a lyrical, masterfully written epic that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s. On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years. Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters--assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts--A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the '70s, to the crack wars in '80s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the '90s. Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious, this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James' place among the great literary talents of his generation.

A Brief History of Seven Killings

by Marlon James

On 3 December 1976, just weeks before the general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play The Smile Jamaica concert to ease political tensions, seven gunmen from West Kingston stormed his house with machine guns blazing. Marley survived and went on to perform at the free concert, but the next day he left the country, and didn't return for two years. Not much was recorded about the fate of the seven gunmen, but much has been said, whispered and sung about in the streets of West Kingston, with information surfacing at odd times, only to sink into rumour and misinformation. . . Inspired by this near-mythic event, A Brief History of Seven Killings takes the form of an imagined oral biography, told by ghosts, slum children, killers, members of parliament, conmen, beauty queens, FBI and CIA agents, reporters, journalists, and even Keith Richards' drug dealer. Marlon James's bold undertaking takes you deep into the slums of Kingston, traversing strange landscapes and shady characters, as motivations are examined - and questions asked - in this compelling novel of monumental scope and ambition.

The Brief History of the Dead

by Kevin Brockmeier

From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation's most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between. The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. They will reside in this afterlife until they are completely forgotten. But the City is shrinking, and the residents clearing out. Some of the holdouts, like Luka Sims, who produces the City's only newspaper, are wondering what exactly is going on. Others, like Coleman Kinzler, believe it is the beginning of the end. Meanwhile, Laura Byrd is trapped in an Antarctic research station, her supplies are running low, her radio finds only static, and the power is failing. With little choice, Laura sets out across the ice to look for help, but time is running out. Kevin Brockmeier alternates these two storylines to create a lyrical and haunting story about love, loss and the power of memory.

A Brief History of the Future

by Jeremy Leggatt Jacques Attali

What will planet Earth be like in twenty years? At mid-century? In the year 2100? Prescient and convincing, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future. Never has the world offered more promise for the future and been more fraught with dangers. Attali anticipates an unraveling of American hegemony as transnational corporations sever the ties linking free enterprise to democracy. World tensions will be primed for horrific warfare for resources and dominance. The ultimate question is: Will we leave our children and grandchildren a world that is not only viable but better, or in this nuclear world bequeath to them a planet that will be a living hell? Either way, he warns, the time to act is now.

A Brief History of the Middle East (Second Edition)

by Christopher Catherwood

For over a millennium, the Islamic empires were ahead of the West in learning, technology, and medicine, and were militarily far more powerful. It took another three hundred years for the West to catch up and overtake the Middle East. In this fully updated and revised edition, historian Christopher Catherwood brings the account up to the present day and places in context the continuing friction between Israel and Palestine, the aftermath of the Iraq conflict, and the rising threat of Iran.

A Brief History of the Presbyterians

by James H. Smylie

A Brief History of the Presbyterians offers laity and clergy a succinct and thorough introduction to the history of Presbyterianism. James Smylie reaches into the past and vividly recounts the story of a faithful people known as Presbyterians. He chronicles the origins of the Reformed tradition and carries the saga through each subsequent era up to the eve of the twenty-first century, focusing on Presbyterianism in North America. All the major figures in the history of Presbyterianism such as John Calvin, Francis Makemie, and John Witherspoon are included, as well as a host of others. Smylie provides a fresh look at the uniquely Presbyterian contribution to American history and culture. Contemporary insights from ecumenists, laity, women, and minorities that reflect recent changes in the Presbyterian family are included.

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