A multicultural, thematic reader takes on thought-provoking, global issues.The New World Readerpresents first-year writing students with 66 timely essays by established writers on the most significant issues of the post-September 11th world. Working with recently published selections from well-known writers, students will have the opportunity to consider such strategic questions as the changing face of America, language as unifier or divider, changing gender roles across cultures, the challenges and consequences of globalization, the conflicts among cultures, the clash of civilizations, the just response to terror, the international digital revolution, and the fate of the global environment. Challenged by notable contemporary thinkers and writers, students will be encouraged--individually and as members of a community--to come to grips with a world that is now subject to complex transformations. Sixty-six lively selections by well-known writers, including both classic essays and selections written after September 11, 2001, feature such authors as Annie Dillard, Esther Dyson, Barbara Ehrenreich, Thomas L. Friedman, Francis Fukuyama, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, Mario Vargas Llosa, George Orwell, Andy Rooney, Arundhati Roy, and Amy Tan. Consistent editorial apparatus with a sequenced approach to exercises includes brief chapter introductions, author headnotes, and prereading questions that offer students a preview of the central issues raised by the writers in each section. Three thoughtful exercise sets (totaling ten questions) follow each essay, giving students the opportunity to respond to the form and content of the text in ways that promote reading, writing, discussion, group work, and Internet exploration. Carefully integrated visual materials--both in black-and-white and in a four-color insert-- enrich and enliven the issues raised in the written selections through relevant photographs, art work, cartoons, graphs, maps, and advertisements. These materials provide an added visual dimension that aids in students' comprehension and present questions for informed response and analysis. Dynamic, interactive web site provides instructors with prompts for teaching chapter material and essays, answers to questions, and additional questions and activities. For students, the site offers engaging visual and music portfolios, sample student essays, interactive guidelines for grammar and writing, and links to other sites.Muller, Gilbert H. is the author of 'New World Reader', published 2004 under ISBN 9780618395941 and ISBN 0618395946.