From Library Journal
Organized in dictionary form, with entries ranging from "abbreviations" to "word processing," this valuable business handbook gives a wide range of guidelines for composition, organization, punctuation, style, and spelling?all the essentials of effective writing. This book is thus useful for the working businessperson who needs to find answers quickly to specific business-writing problems. Possible exceptions to and adaptations of rules are noted, though the book's basics should underlie all written communication. Examples are included, as are sample forms and memos: budget forms, budget documentations, budget variance summaries, forecasts, balance sheets, income statements, statements of cash flow, letter formats, long-range planning documents, memorandums, and procedures manuals. Recommended for public, academic, and special libraries.?Nancy Patterson Shires, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, N.C.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
It's neither the Associated Press nor the Modern Language Association style guide; in fact, it's not truly a writer's guide. The AMACOM editors have produced a composite of communication tips, suggestions, and general how-tos. Sixty-two alphabetically arranged subjects range from simple to complex. A recommendation under "Abbreviations," for instance, advises users to spell out the abbreviation the first time. The category "Photographs" tells readers that "subjects should be framed well." Each definition is arranged with numbered guidelines and plenty of examples. Of best use to nonprofessional business writers. Barbara Jacobs