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The New World Reader 4th Edition

Gilbert H. Muller

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2011, 2008, 2005
  • 480 Pages


With compelling selections by some of the world's most respected and critically acclaimed writers, THE NEW WORLD READER, Fourth Edition, encourages exploration of the significant global challenges of the 21st century. Students gain a deeper understanding of the topics that affect their lives, such as the challenges and consequences of globalization, global warming, bilingual education, and redefined gender roles. Challenged by such notable contemporary thinkers and writers as Elie Wiesel, Fareed Zakaria, Richard Rodriguez, Edwidge Danticat, and Jane Goodall, students develop their reading and critical-thinking skills. A consistent pedagogical apparatus includes brief chapter introductions, author headnotes, and pre-reading questions that offer students a preview of the central theme in each section. Exercise sets follow each essay, providing for deeper writing, reading, and discussion opportunities.

Gilbert H. Muller, The City University of New York, LaGuardia College

Gilbert H. Muller is a Professor Emeritus of English at LaGuardia Community College and the author of several college textbooks as well as scholarly books on William Cullen Bryant and Flannery O'Connor.
  • The fourth edition features a strengthened emphasis on contemporary global issues with essays on very recent topics and trends such as the super-rich, the Tiger Mom syndrome, the Arab Spring, social networking, climate change, and the rights of women.
  • Twenty-six new selections include provocative and compelling essays by such well-known authors, commentators, and public advocates and intellectuals as Richard Rodriguez, Fareed Zakaria, Elie Wiesel, David Sedaris, Al Gore, and Edwidge Danticat.
  • To introduce students to emerging writers with fresh ideas and perspectives---and also to established professionals who might not be well-known---we present Ellis Cose on the changing demographics of the United States; Ted Gup on the Asian-American superiority complex; Elaine Sciolino on the controversy over wearing the veil in France; Randa Faroohar on the rise of the global woman as a force in economics; and other compelling new authors.
  • An updated and expanded research appendix consists of extensive research assistance, including information on locating and evaluating resources, the most recent 2009 MLA style guidelines, and research methodology.
  • Two different 4-color photo inserts enhance the text's integrated materials and address visual literacy.
  • All art in the text, including photographs, artwork, cartoons, graphs, maps, and advertisements, is accompanied by questions for informed response and analysis.
  • The Companion Website provides instructors with prompts for teaching chapter material, additional questions and activities, and a password-protected Instructor's Resource Manual.
1. Thinking, Reading, and Writing about the New Global Era.
Critical Thinking. Narration and Description. Exposition. Argument and Persuasion. Thinking About an Essay: Nicholas D. Kristof, "China: The Educated Giant". Reading Critically. Steps to Reading Critically. Reading Visual Texts. Reading an Essay Critically: Susan Bordo, "The Globalization of Eating Disorders". Reading and Responding to an Essay. Prewriting. Drafting. Revision. Writing in Response to an Essay: Chrystia Freeland, "The Rich Are Different from You and Me".
2. New American Mosaic: Are We Becoming a Universal Nation?
Ellis Cose, "Red, Brown, and Blue".
Bharati Mukherjee, "American Dreamer".
Lee C. Bollinger, "Why Diversity Matters".
Ted Gup, "Who Is a Whiz Kid?".
Dwight N. Hopkins, "Beyond Black and White: The Hawaiian President".
Randa Jarrar, "Deportation Order".
Richard Rodriguez, "The ''Great Wall of America''".
3. America and the World: How Do Others Perceive Us?
Mehdi Hasan, "Why I Could Never Hate America".
Sam Ginden, "Avatar: Politics Made Easy--Too Easy".
Fareed Zakaria, "A New Middle East".
Elie Wiesel, "The America I Love".
Alkman Granitsas, "Americans Are Tuning Out the World".
Sasha Abramsky, "Waking Up from the American Dream".
4. Speaking in Tongues: Does Language Unify or Divide Us?
Kevin Clarke, "Tweet Like an Egyptian".
Manuel Munoz, "Leave Your Name at the Border".
Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue".
Chang-rae Lee, "Mute in an English-Only World".
Robin Tolmach Lakoff, "The Power of Words in Wartime".
David Sedaris, "Easy, Tiger".
Isabel Allende, "Reading the History of the World".
5. Global Relationships: Are Sex and Gender Roles Changing?
Lizette Alvarez, "Arranged Marriages Get a Little Reshuffling".
Kofi A. Annan, "In Africa, AIDS Has a Woman''s Face".
Elaine Sciolino, "The French, the Veil, and the Look".
Jose Contreras, "Legal in Unlikely Places".
Mike Ceaser, "A Dark Window on Human Trafficking".
Rana Foroohar, "Hear Her Roar".
Barbara Ehrenreich and Annette Fuentes, "Life on the Global Assembly Line".
6. The Challenge of Globalization: What Are the Consequences?
Thomas L. Friedman, "Prologue: The Super-Story".
Dennis McCafferty, "Brave New Social World".
Lisa Miller, "How to Raise a Global Kid".
Johan Norberg, "The Noble Feat of Nike".
Jared Diamond, "Globalization Rocked the Ancient World Too".
Robert Koehler, "Slumdog Millionaire".
Joseph S. Nye Jr., "Fear Not Globalization".
7. Culture Wars: Whose Culture Is It, Anyway?
Diana Wagman, "First, They''ll Come for the Burkas".
Henry Louis Gates Jr., "Whose Culture Is It, Anyway?".
Amy Chua, "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior".
Patricia J. Williams, "The Tiger Mama Syndrome".
Mac Margolis, "It''s a Mall World After All".
Richard Pells, "Does the World Still Care About American Culture?".
Jamaica Kincaid, "On Seeing England for the First Time" .
8. The Clash of Civilizations: Is Conflict Avoidable?
K. Oanh Ha, "American Dream Boat".
Samuel P. Huntington, "The West and the Rest: Intercivilizational Issues".
Hisham Matar, "The Light".
Margaret Atwood, "When Afghanistan Was at Peace".
Karen Armstrong, "Fundamentalism Is Here to Stay".
Amartya Sen, "A World Not Neatly Divided".
9. The Age of Terror: What Is the Just Response?
Suzanne Berne, "Where Nothing Says Everything".
Shirin Ebadi, "Reading a Death Warrant in Tehran".
Naomi Shihab Nye, "To Any Would-Be Terrorists".
Ahmed Rashid, "How to Break the al-Qaeda Franchise".
Reza Aslan, "Losing the ''War''".
Anne Applebaum, "Homeland Security Hasn''t Made Us Safer".
Arundhati Roy, "The Algebra of Infinite Justice".
10. Global Aid: Can We Reduce Disease and Poverty?
Jeffrey Sachs, "What I Did on My Summer Vacation".
Edwidge Danticat, "A Year and a Day".
Peter Singer, "The Singer Solution to World Poverty".
Norman E. Borlaug, "Science vs. Hysteria".
Anuradha Mittal, "Technology Won''t Feed the World''s Hungry".
Kenneth Rogoff, "A Development Nightmare".
11. The Fate of the Earth: Can We Preserve the Global Environment?
Rachel Carson, "The Obligation to Endure".
Andy Rooney, "Talking Trash".
Albert Gore, "We Can''t Wish Away Climate Change".
Daniel Botkin, "Global Warming Delusions".
Jane Goodall, "To Save Chimps".
Bill McKibben, "A Place That Makes Sense".
Jonathan Schell, "A Hole in the World".
APPENDIX A. Conducting Research in the Global Era. Introduction .The Research Process. The Writing Process. Documentation. Sample Professional Essay (MLA Style).
APPENDIX B. Glossary of Rhetorical Terms.
APPENDIX C. Glossary of Globalization Terms.

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"THE NEW WORLD READER is very appealing to college students because of the wide range of relevant, concise, and readable essays by influential contemporary voices. The variety of questions for discussion and writing build rhetorical strategies and challenge students to think critically about the rapidly changing world in which they are coming of age."

"This is an anthology which pushes students not only to think about their identities as Americans, but also as global citizens - and to encourage us not to fall into isolationism or self-absorption as a nation. It does this by exposing and discussing the positive and negative aspects of our (inter)national identity, without either demonizing or sugar-coating America."

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Instructor's Companion Website with Instructor's Resource Manual

ISBN: 9781305645486
This downloadable manual provides suggested responses to the reading questions in the text to assist instructors in teaching the course.