The Business Writer's Handbook

Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, and Walter E. Oliu

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Now in its ninth edition, this classic book remains the complete business-writing reference for students and professionals alike. Alphabetically organized and easy to use, its nearly 400 entries provide guidance for the most common types of business documents and correspondence, from brochures, press releases, and résumés, to executive summaries, proposals, and reports. Abundant sample documents and visuals throughout the book demonstrate effective business communication, reflecting current practices for formatting documents and using e-mail. In addition, advice on organizing, researching, writing, and revising complements thorough treatment of grammar, usage, style, and punctuation to provide comprehensive help with writing skills. This edition has been thoroughly revised to include expanded advice for analyzing the context of different writing situations, using and integrating visuals, and dealing with ethical concerns in business writing, including plagiarism. Entries throughout have been revised, updated, consolidated, and streamlined to provide the most accurate and accessible information. Comprehensive yet concise, The Business Writer’s Handbook remains the quick reference faithful users have come to appreciate.

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Praise for The Business Writer's Handbook

The Business Writer’s Handbook is a ‘keeper.’ Students can use it for years after they graduate, and I think that many of them do.”
--Linda Van Buskirk, Cornell University

The Business Writer’s Handbook is an excellent reference that students can use throughout their academic career and beyond. I intend to recommend this text to my students and to the executives I work with as a consultant.”
--Anne Greenhalgh, University of Pennsylvania

“This is the best business writing handbook that I have seen. Ever since a colleague showed me The Business Writer’s Handbook, I have not even been tempted by another handbook.”
--William Allegrezza, Indiana University Northwest

The Business Writer’s Handbook is by far the best on the market.”
--Stuart Brown, New Mexico State University

“The concise grammar explanations are very useful. The Business Writer’s Handbook provides excellent examples and walks students through some difficult concepts.”
--Lesley Baker, Tulane University

The Business Writer’s Handbook meets the skill level and needs of my students. It is a source I encourage them to keep as part of their professional libraries…This is the only handbook I’ve ever considered using, and I’ve been using it since the first edition.”
--James R. Stull, San Jose State University


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About the Author

Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, and Walter E. Oliu

Gerald J. Alred is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where he teaches business and technical writing. He is also the coauthor of Writing That Works, Seventh Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001), and the author of The St. Martin's Bibliography of Business and Technical Communication (St. Martin's Press, 1997).

Charles T. Brusaw is presently a business writing consultant for corporations worldwide. He retired from NCR Corporation after working for twenty years as a technical writer. He has also worked in advertising, public relations, and curriculum development. He is also the coauthor of Writing That Works, Seventh Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001).

Walter E. Oliu is Acting Director of the Division of Freedom of Information and Publications Services at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and has taught at Miami University of Ohio and Slippery Rock State University. He is the coauthor of Writing That Works, Seventh Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001).

Gerald J. Alred
Charles T. Brusaw
Walter E. Oliu

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The Business Writer's Handbook
Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, and Walter E. Oliu

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
November 2008
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312575106
ISBN10: 0312575106
5 1/2 x 8 3/16 inches, 624 pages
$44.95
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