This brief version of the bestselling crosscurricular classic retains its hallmark coverage of sourcebased writing skills combined with five popular readings chapters. This portable version represents a carefullychosen selection from the original edition, with five (of the original seven) readings chapters included in their entirety. The abbreviated rhetoric section still covers the skills of summary, critique, and synthesis, taking students stepbystep through the process of writing papers based on source material. Students then put these skills to practice on thematicallylinked essays on provocative topics in the disciplinespecific readings chapters. A stronger focus on argumentation addresses the trend found in today's composition classrooms. Individuals interested in writing from sources and academic writing in different disciplines.