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A World of Ideas: Essential Readings for College Writers

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  169 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The most successful reader of its kind, A World of Ideas is ideal for composition instructors who want to introduce their students to some of the world's most important thinkers and their ideas: for example, Niccolo Machiavelli on government, Sigmund Freud on the mind, and Virginia Woolf on feminism. Because students perceive writers such as these as serious and important, ...more
Paperback, Seventh Edition, 857 pages
Published December 31st 2006 by Bedford Books (first published 1893)
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Lisa Greer
Jan 10, 2008 Lisa Greer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: professors and students
If you are an English prof., this is a great book for your classes. If you are teaching an intro. to philosophy course, likewise, it's a great book. Students will engage with Machiavelli, Rousseau, Jefferson, Montaigne, Plato, Aristotle, MLK Jr., DeBeauvoir, Galbraith, and so many other thinkers of all time periods. It's challenging and fun for classes. I'm using it currently in a composition class and have used it in the past as well.
Phillip Gallegos
Feb 28, 2010 Phillip Gallegos is currently reading it
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Excellent book thus far. The selections are great, the areas covered are broad, and the ideas always intriguing. Even if writing is not your thing, I would still recommend this for the ideas and writers presented. I was far too lucky to find this at the public library bookstore for only a couple of dollars...
Was not a big fan of this book in high school, but it really did prepare me for college level readings
Eventhough, I read this book for school and would not pick it to read on my own accord, I did find a few essays worth the read. I really enjoyed Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter to Birmingham Jail, Frederick Douglass' From the Narrative, and Rachel Carson's The Sunless Sea. I personally found the information the author provided before each new section and touching on the writing style very helpful and informative.
Work is done, class is complete. There is only so far a classroom can offer to inspire a perpetual reader but the authors are notable and the writing is...influential... it was just a little too much of a structured reading though, not for the entertainment.
It had a lot of good pieces in it that were very helpful in english class. As far as english textbooks go this was one of the best
Sep 23, 2014 Anna marked it as ref-english  ·  review of another edition
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Looks like I picked this up at the UC bookstore. It's the third edition with a 1990 date. Some underlining. Hmm.
A grad school textbook with collection of writings and critiques of their styles.
Julia Simpson-Urrutia
I have used this book in my class for years. I find nothing matches its quality.
Looks like a well rounded book I can read when I want to feel smart.
A must for every college student!!! Very good lectures!!
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Collection of excerpts good for reading list references.
For the most part, the readings were okay.
Great Rhetoric resource!
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