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Well-crafted Argument

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The Well-Crafted Argument guides students through the process of writing effective argumentative essays across the disciplines. The two-part structure of this rhetoric/reader includes a complete pedagogical apparatus--with coverage of reading, writing, and researching a topic--and an anthology of readings grouped into eight thematic clusters. In-depth instruction, combined ...more
Paperback, 3rd edition, 940 pages
Published January 16th 2008 by Cengage Learning (first published December 5th 2001)
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Hilary
May 31, 2011 Hilary rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, for me this book really failed to deliver.

It didn't go very in-depth into how to craft an argument and often left rather broad and vague instructions as to just what to do. The text itself was sterile, rarely engaging the reader and entertaining them. It lacked a cadence, and as such ended up being unbearably boring to get through.

I've heard it said that everything one needs to know about writing can be learned from three sources: The Elements of Style, On Writing by Stephen Ki
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Stephen Simpson
Disappointing. Although it gives a good overview on three different approaches (Classical, Toulmin, Rogerian) and delves into some of the common errors of reasoning, it fails to really offer much in how to actually craft a good argument. Writing is, ironically, difficult to learn from a book but this attempt does not add much beyond fairly sterile directions and axioms.
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