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Applies critical thinking to the written word. Analyzes the difference between clear writing and sentence structures that obscure information. Included are plenty examples of the quagmires that writers fall into. For this reason, this book is also useful for dyslexics: some of their comprehension problems are caused by murky writing.
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Early on, the author is very focused on rules and concepts to help readers write and communicate well. There’s plenty to benefit from. The latter half of the book, however, spends too much time on examples of bad writing by lawyers and government officials. Not only does it seem these sections are designed to simply add heft to the book, but most of the examples used are conspicuously ones written by "diabolical" Conservatives or corporations. The shortcomings of Liberals and others are mentioned a few times, but quickly glossed over in favor of dissecting the unforgivable crimes of Conservatives and corporate executives. By the end, it’s clear the book’s purpose is as much to drag Conservatives and their supporters through the mud as it is to teach readers how to write more clearly.
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