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Robert's Rules of Order (Newly Revised, 10th Edition) [Paperback]

Henry M. Robert III , William J. Evans , Daniel H. Honemann , Thomas J. Balch
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November 14, 2000 0738203076 978-0738203072 Tenth Edition
Originally published as a slim document in 1896, General Henry M. Robert's classic guide to smooth, orderly, and fairly conducted meetings has sold close to five million copies in nine editions. The only book containing the completely developed Robert's Rules of Order subject matter, this latest edition will continue the book's reputation as the gold standard of meeting procedure for parliamentarians and novice club presidents and members alike. Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the past decade's technological advances and usage, this tenth edition contains new information on how to conduct meetings over the Internet, on phone and video conference calls, and with members in absentia. The best book from which to learn all about running and taking an effective part in meetings, General Robert's gift of order is as indispensable now as it was a century ago.

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"A powerful brand name and an American classic." -- New York Times Book Review, 5/20/07 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Henry M. Robert III is co-author of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 10th Edition, the current and official manual adopted by most organizations to govern their meetings.

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  • Series: Robert's Rules of Order
  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Tenth Edition edition (November 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738203076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738203072
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 4.3 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally comprehensive July 15, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I first came into contact with this book during the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of high school. I was going to be participating in something called Student Congress in the fall, and although I had never heard of it before, all of my teachers and teamates told me to get a copy of Robert's Rules. Not knowing of any of the "watered down" versions that existed, I simply purchased the official copy. Having cut my teeth on that copy (dutifully reading the entire book that summer) I have little sympathy for people who shy away from it because it's too complicated :-) But honestly, this book has become a source of pride to me. Although I have been criticized for perhaps too zealously insisting on adhering to the rules in the book, I am also accepted as a Parliamentary expert and some have remarked I know more than the Parliamentarians who run our exercise (although I would be loathe to admit that, they are very intelligent people). Anyway, given a proper forum Robert's Rules of Order have been a very rewarding thing for me, as they have given me something to study and learn and be recognized at, and I intend on buying all future editions of the text to make sure I stay on top of any developments. Truly the best book of its kind!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood April 2, 2002
Format:Paperback
Many people will recommed other parliamentary authorities whose primary benefit is that of being shorter. Other authorities I've read ("21st Century Robert's Rules" and "Riddick's Rules of Procedure") are shorter because they've left out substantial parts, or don't include useful examples.
Some other authorities, like Ray Keesey's "Modern Parliamentary Procedure" do not actually reflect current (or past) parliamentary practice, but attempt to redefine procedure based on the author's own bias. Robert's Rules are more obviously the result of centuries of practice, and use.
This book will not get you up and running overnight, but it is indispensable to anyone with a desire for a comprehensive understanding of parliamentary law. And even though it is a more massive work, part of the extra material is instructive on shortening your meetings by acting more efficiently without abridging anyone's rights.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only current and COMPLETE guide to parliamentary procedure September 26, 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Do not be put off by the size of this book. It is large because it is complete. As you can see by the table of contents, everything is covered-- all the motions , how to write bylaws, boards and committees, conventions, forming new organizations, etc. Nevertheless, it is easy to read and you certainly do not need to read it cover to cover. Read the first 5 chapters (119 pages, ~ 1/5 of the book) straight through, then skim the rest so you know where to find the answers, and also look over the tables in the back. If you are in a big hurry, just read pages 21-78 (as recommended on the books web site: [...])
You need this book.
You need to learn what is in this book to be an effective member of any organization where members have the right to vote. Do you know how to get your idea considered by your organization? Do you know how to make a change to an idea that someone else had? Did you change your mind about what happened at the last meeting and want to rescind it? Well, its all in this book.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Robert's' Is Important To Know March 8, 2002
Format:Paperback
While there certainly are other options to understanding parliamentary procedure, "Robert's Rules of Order" is a traditional key to knowing the ways things are done.

True, true, this isn't exactly the sort of book you bring to a coffeehouse on a Saturday. However, it is also true that if you are part of an organization that has organized meetings, 'Robert's Rules' is a great place to start. The liturgy of meeting procedure starts and finishes with the rules set forth in 'Robert's Rules.'

Get this book, but consider getting one of the plain English versions as well. If you are new to parliamentary procedure, you'll find both books in tandem quite helpful.

I fully recommend, "Robert's Rules of Order" by Henry M. Robert III.

Anthony Trendl
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate July 3, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the definitive authority on parliamentary procedure I've been studying for over a year. The majority of the 700+ pages will never be used by the average member of an average organization. However, the fact that virtually every situation IS covered, is the reason to have the whole book. Because when it comes to meetings it's like Forrest Gump said "You never know what you're gonna get." Used in conjunction with the forum on their official website (robertsrules), this book can answer almost any question you can come up with.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Cover Is No Coincidence December 26, 2006
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I find it appropriate that this book has a gold cover. Following the old cliché, it's worth its weight in gold.

Having been involved at all levels in various organizations operating in various venues, I have found that 98% of the headaches that arise are due to someone's ignorance of the rules of how to "play nice with others" who are also on a given committee, board, or panel.

People who don't take the time to learn Robert's Rules of Order have no business serving on a committee, board, or panel. Such people do more harm than good. They hurt people's feelings and propagate misunderstandings. They create rework, pointless discussion, and inefficiencies. All of these problems would have been prevented by applying the basics of Robert's Rules of Order.

A person can choose to learn the basic rules by observing, but such learning would occur over too much time for that approach to work well. It's much better to just buy your own copy of Robert's Rules of Order and study selected parts for a few minutes a day over the course of a week or so.

Some folks object to using Robert's Rules of Order on the grounds the rules are too formal or too hard to learn. These objections are not valid, because the rules are not overly formal and are fairly easy to learn.

Another objection is the rules create too much of an administrative burden. Again, not true. The reality is the rules facilitate communication and reduce administrative burdens. The rules provide a flexible structure that any organization is free to modify, but less modification means less of a learning curve for people new to the organization.
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I bought this for my husband who is a little rusty on conducting a business meeting, he has a tendency to stumble when he shouldn't, so this is a cheat book for him.
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Book looks unused, fast shipper excellent dealer, will buy again. Thanks for your great service, this book will help me keep my meetings running smoothly.
Published 2 months ago by Mike Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars all people conducting meetings should have this.
is very useful in formal meetings conducted per Roberts rules of order. all meetings conducted usually are conducted per the rules of Roberts, good small, useful book, complete an... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ernest G. Irelan
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the 11the Edition!
This edition is out of date. Unless you want it for your archives, get the newer 11th edition, especially if your organization is constitutionally required to use the current (or... Read more
Published 4 months ago by HENRY M MOODY JR
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As a chairwoman for a local group, I did not live up to obligation to make sure our parliamentarian had the tools he needed... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Darcey
5.0 out of 5 stars Required for proper meetings.
I am required to use these rules of order in conducting business meetings. They are difficult but are quite complete.
Published 5 months ago by Robert F. James
5.0 out of 5 stars served me well
As the recording secretary of a union local this served me well. Would highly recommend to everyone who attends any kind of meeting!
Published 6 months ago by Carol A. Chisholm
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, in very good condition. Great Seller.
Anyone having responsibility to preside over meetings in a variety of settings should have a copy of this book. Read more
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This book was listed as used; but frankly I could not tell anyone had even opened it. It is the perfect size for my needs.
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