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December 28, 2007

America's Great Gun Game

McDowell, E. E. (2007). America’s great gun game : gun ownership vs. Americans’ safety : an outline of the need for increased federal gun legislation. New York : iUniverse.

mcdowell_bk.jpgMore than 30,000 American deaths are caused each year by firearms, and more than 230,000,000 guns exist in the United States today. America's Great Gun Game: Gun Ownership vs. Americans' Safety presents two sides of the gun issue- the gun control advocates, the silent majority; and the gun rights supporters, the vocal minority. Author Earl E. McDowell urges the silent majority to become the vocal majority as he tackles the controversial topics of gun control and concealed carry laws.

Unlike other volumes on the gun issue, America's Great Gun Game challenges the National Rifle Association's interpretation of the Second Amendment by citing the opinions of Supreme Court justices, the president of the American Bar Association, state and federal legislators, and former U.S. presidents. McDowell traces attempted presidential assassinations and presents a detailed account of the gun movements from 1922 through 2000, assessing which side won the gun game for each movement. Gun Game is unique, as it also reports statistics on how guns affect women and children and which women's and children's organizations support gun control.

America's Great Gun Game presents McDowell's thoroughly researched argument in favor of stopping the proliferation of guns throughout the United States and the increasing need for federal gun control legislation.

Profits from the book will be contributed to women’s and children’s pro-gun control organizations.


Earl E. McDowell, Ph.D., is a professor of scientific and technical communication and was the director of graduate studies for the MS program in Scientific and Technical Communication from 1991 to 2005 at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of the awarding winning textbook: Interviewing Practices for Technical Writers, Baywood Press. His book Research Methods in Scientific and Technical Communication, Burgess Publishing, focuses on experimental and survey research. He also has published over 50 articles in communication journals.

The Scientific Literature: A Guided Tour

Harmon, J. E., & Gross, A. G. (2007). The scientific literature a guided tour. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

gross_book.gifThe scientific article has been a hallmark of the career of every important western scientist since the seventeenth century. Yet its role in the history of science has not been fully explored. Joseph E. Harmon and Alan G. Gross remedy this oversight with The Scientific Literature, a collection of writings—excerpts from scientific articles, letters, memoirs, proceedings, transactions, and magazines—that illustrates the origin of the scientific article in 1665 and its evolution over the next three and a half centuries.

Featuring articles—as well as sixty tables and illustrations, tools vital to scientific communication—that represent the broad sweep of modern science, The Scientific Literature is a historical tour through both the rhetorical strategies that scientists employ to share their discoveries and the methods that scientists use to argue claims of new knowledge. Commentaries that explain each excerpt’s scientific and historical context and analyze its communication strategy accompany each entry.

A unique anthology, The Scientific Literature will allow both the scholar and the general reader to experience first hand the development of modern science.

[From the University of Chicago Press]