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There is absolutely no substance to this book, only a catchy title!
Yet "Death Sentences," which does a good job of trotting out a shoebox full of mangled bureaucratese, only shows why clear writing is not the same as clear thinking.
In the beginning I thought the book was a 4; by page 58 I was thinking 3 stars; and by chapter 3 it was in freefall.
Any serious or semi-serious thinking, speaking, writing person must read. A masterpiece of insight, commentary and wit on the abduction and torture of the English language!Published 14 months ago by lois v harrison
Don Watson, Death Sentences: How Clichés, Weasel Words, and Management-speak Are Strangling Public Language (Gotham, 2005)
Are you sick of the idiocy that seems... Read more
If enough people read Don Watson's book, maybe we'll all be able to speak normal once again.
As a ccommunication coach and corporate trainer, I fly all over the U.S. Read more
Clear writing takes the Tux off the bull and reveals it for what it is. No one can say that often enough.Published on September 8, 2006 by Philip E. Nast
Anyone whose job requires that they write clearly and compellingly should read this book.Published on August 23, 2006 by F. Leigh Branham
I cannot believe that publisher accepted to bring this book to market. This is a terrible & pointless critic of the language. Read morePublished on October 4, 2005 by jean-marc
Does someone else see the flaw in comparing Annual reports with Shakespeare?
I agree that jargon is a strangler of communication. Read more
The English language is in a sorry state, with clichés, bad wording, and doublespeak phrases abounding. Read morePublished on September 5, 2005 by Midwest Book Review
Don Watson's book makes a significant contribution to fighting one of the great intellectual plagues of our time: the corruption of language by spinspeak and the resultant... Read morePublished on July 13, 2005 by James Baar