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U. S. Government Printing Office Style Manual: An Official Guide to the Form and Style of Federal Government Printing, 2008 (Hardcover) Hardcover – March 27, 2009

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ISBN-13: 978-0160818110 ISBN-10: 0160818117 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 467 pages
  • Publisher: US Government Printing Office; 1 edition (March 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0160818117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0160818110
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,052,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. R. Sperling on June 24, 2010
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The U. S. Government Printing Office Style Manual (GPO) is used in many Government agencies and as well as companies that support the Government. I work for a defense contractor that develops Technical Manuals (TMs) for the U.S. Military and the GPO has been an excellent tool. This review is for anyone who works with Military TMs and is thinking of purchasing the GPO for that purpose.

I have been using the GPO for over 25 years. The first edition I used was a 1973 paperback edition that was owned by the company, then in 1992 I purchased a 1984 hardcover edition, then later the 2004 hardcover edition, and I recently purchased the 2008 hardcover edition.

The TMs my company develops for the Army are written in accordance with MIL-STD-40051 for content, style, and format. However, it is stated on page 22 of MIL-STD-40051 that "the GPO shall be used as a general guide for capitalization, punctuation, compounding of words, numerals in text, and spelling of nontechnical words." That's a tall order to fill, and the GPO fills it quite well.

The GPO consists of 20 chapters and an index. I will point out some highlights, points of interest, and useful areas of the GPO specific to Military TMs. Keep in mind the GPO provides guidance for style and format, not technical content.

Chapter 5, Spelling. This chapter includes a very useful alphabetized list of words. If the word you are looking for is not included in this list, interestingly the GPO specifies that your next source is Webster's Third New International Dictionary, known as the W3. The W3 was produced by Merriam-Webster, so if you do not have access to the W3, you can use Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, which is fine for most of the words you will need to look up.
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The GPO Style Manual is a long-time friend of mine. I have always used it as a back-up to Chicago's Manual of Style and as a primary when I write for the government. The new edition (I've been using the GPO since the 70s!) I just ordered covers the virtual world--not as nicely as some others, but nice enough. I find it important that GPO covers things like military ranks and rates, how to address diplomats, and even how the US wants us to hyphenate (sparingly) compound words. I love connecting words into one...and hate it when folks insist upon connecting Latin and Greek prefixes with hyphens. GPO gives me a reference for editing those babies out and closing the words as they should be. It's a good book and one that editors and technical editors should have on their ref shelf!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Kabitzke on July 19, 2010
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The book is good for what I need.
The condition it arrived in was not the best.
The UPS man should have rang the beel, but he did not, so I did not find it until the next morning, after a rain storm.
I had to put a lot of weight on top of it to tray and get the wrinkles out of the pages from the dampness.
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