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The Art of Public Speaking Paperback – December 30, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0071280259 ISBN-10: 0071280251 Edition: 10th

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill Higher Education; 10th edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071280251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071280259
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen E. Lucas is Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin where he has coordinated the introductory public speaking course for almost 25 years. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and is the author of several books, including "Portents of Rebellion" which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Professor Lucas lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two sons.s.

Customer Reviews

The book is like new and has the code on it, I am very happy with the product!!
Leito
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to improve their public speaking skills.
chrisogren
The book is easy to understand and has good examples of speech formats and outlines.
G. J. Kosterman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GUARANHA JOSE ROBERTO on August 17, 2013
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The selling point of this product is the possibility to access online resources about the subject. The book comes with an access code and pages explaining how much you can get from Connect Lucas. But once you try to register on the web site you discover that the access for 10th edition is no longer existent and only students with a instructor can get the benefits of the online data base. It is totally frustrating for a self-study customer and a great mislead for people spending over 100$ on it. McGraw-Hill does not care and Amazon keep promoting it "with Connect Lucas". Besides the introduction mention a free DVD included but there is nothing actually.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Julie on October 5, 2010
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this is a great book, i've really enjoyed reading it. i had to buy this for my public speaking class, but its not like a textbook. it reads like a regular informational book, and has a lot of useful information. recommended for anyone who wants some professional advise on how to improve on your public speaking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 21, 2012
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The book itself was delivered quickly and in new condition. However, I am unable to access the online component which is supposed to provide access to speeches that are referenced in the book. I've registered using the code supplied in the book and even contacted the customer service department of the publisher that was given online and in the book to no avail. Will keep trying. I find this very disappointing since actually viewing and hearing the delivery of speeches is key to this course.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. MacKenzie on July 2, 2010
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I bought this book brand new due to the online access code. The book is really an easy and educational read (for being a text book). I usually find textbooks difficult to read, but this has been good. I haven't used the online access code because I want to be able to resell it with the code intact, but I can see where it would be good to have. This book was exactly what I needed for my summer class, and I received it promptly. Thanks Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R B on April 24, 2012
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I would love to see the authors have more tolerance for differing views in future releases of this book.

I think that a book printed for students about public speaking should strive to be somewhat politically neutral.

I wish the publisher would allow Amazon customers to preview inside this book. Because just about anyone looking through it would be able to see what I'm referring to. The first chapter starts out with a glowing review of the White House Green Job adviser Van Jones. Who after this book was printed resigned from his position at the White House over controversy. Now, I don't have a issue with Van Jones. Just tell me MORE about what makes Van Jones a great public speaker and LESS about his political messages. It's very easy to love a public speaker who's saying things that you agree with. And very easy to dislike someone who is a great speaker and saying things that you disagree with.

Who is the greatest speaker that you can think of? I'll take a guess and say that you're in agreement with what that person has said. Right? Since we live in a diverse society where people have different opinions I think the book should have been more tolerant to messages that the authors may not agree with. And focused more on the persons speaking ability. If you have similar political views to the authors the book will be great for you. If you have different political views the book will be very frustrating and read like propaganda. And if you don't know much about politics you will be indoctrinated with another persons political views.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Simpson on August 16, 2013
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My class was using the newer version, but this one did just fine! The newest version had a few statistical changes and different page numbers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn B. on October 19, 2013
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This text was required for a public speaking course. My first impression was that it was written for sixth grade students. However, it actually proved to be very helpful. For example, there is discussion about body language and gestures for public speakers. The book gives students the most concise direction without a lot of unnecessary elaboration, which is more helpful than wasting time reading when the actual speech/ PowerPoint / handout(s) should be the focus. While the book appears to have somewhat of a political agenda, it didn't prove to be part of the course I took. Also, if a public speaking course does not require Connect Lucas, this edition is almost identical to the newer edition, which allowed me to save some money as well. Although, I suspect Connect Lucas can be helpful for those courses that utilize it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yipiri on July 24, 2011
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I bought this book for a Speech class. I really liked it because it was very clear, with easy and practical examples. I learned a lot from the book.
However, some of the examples are not updated, but you still get the author's point.
Also, in each chapter, the author highlights key concepts and in one side of the pages, he writes a short definition of the key concepts, which makes easier to study and memorize them.
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