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Was not exactly what my daughter was looking for to prepare for her senior thesis. There was some helpful information. Great condition and arrived in a timely fashion.Published 5 months ago by 5paddlers
First of all I think this book is too long and a bit repetitive at times. I think the editors could have trimmed to half the pages and still keep its contents. Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by FERNANDO CASSIA
This book is about the distinction between spoken and written language. McWhorter shows that, whenever Americans wrote things before about 1965, they tried to do so in language... Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by Ronald Kozar
From an author clearly intelligent and knowledgeable, and with a command not just of English but of who knows how many other languages as well, this is one disjointed and, at... Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by J. C Clark
Cleverly written though it may be, any book bemoaning current trends in the language in which it is written will ultimately become precisely what the author decries for one simple... Read morePublished on October 13, 2009 by A. Holt
Was a WHOLE BOOK made out *this* topic?
1. Clever, subtle insights. Read more
The previous reviewer casually accuses McWhorter of being a cultural elitist, and to some extent that is the case. Read morePublished on February 12, 2008 by A. Quince
Here is McWhorter's argument supporting the superiority of, effectively, all art:
Look at this passage of Longfellow! Listen to this Mozart aria! Read more
Through tracing the simplification of American speech and music over the last century (in some cases, longer), McWhorter demonstrates the loss of complexity, and with it, a love... Read morePublished on October 28, 2005 by Book Inhaler