Spotlight on Current Events
Essays on Contemporary World Issues
by David E. Newton, Editor
April 2019, 265pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7062-0
$67, £52, 59€, A92
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7063-7
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Although Americans may appear divided about nearly everything in recent years, there are often not only two but multiple perspectives on controversial issues.

Comprising essays on a variety of topics such as immigration, gun control, abortion, race relations, the environment, and gender, and curated by a veteran scholar, this collection gives readers a go-to resource on multiple contemporary world issues.

This collection of perspective essays explores a variety of controversial topics, specifically current events and issues such as free speech, school violence, green energy, substance abuse, abortion, gun control, immigration, and more. A general introduction contextualizes the book in contemporary American discourse and shows why the essays that follow are important. Each chapter provides readers with a selection of persuasive and expository essays that they can cite in papers. Each chapter also has individual introductions, explaining how and why the essays were collected together and curated.

Readers of this volume will come away with an understanding of the key points of a variety of important perspectives. In a time when the country is so thoroughly polarized, it is vital to give voice to stakeholders on both sides of the proverbial aisle. This book will be a solid resource for libraries, as readers can explore one or more topics in one easy-to-understand volume.


  • Compiles a variety of essays that provide informed and educated perspectives on a wide variety of controversial issues
  • Contextualizes controversial current events with a volume introduction and specific chapter summaries
  • Reflects curation by a veteran scholar who has authored more than more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, resource books, research manuals, and more
  • Shows that there are often multiple voices about hot-button issues in today’s contemporary American discourse
David E. Newton holds a BA in chemistry, an MA in education from the University of Michigan, and an EdD in science education from Harvard University. He is author of more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, and other educational materials. He taught mathematics, chemistry, and physical science in Grand Rapids, MI, for 13 years; was professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College in Massachusetts, for 15 years; and was adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco for 10 years.
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