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The AMA Style Guide for Business Writing Hardcover – June 10, 1996


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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.

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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
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (June 10, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814402976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814402979
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,354,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By PBurcham on June 19, 2001
This book contains too many errors to blame some quirk. It is poorly conceived and written. Spellcheck may have been run, but this book was apparently not proofread by anyone familiar with the English language. The errors are inexcusable in what purports to be a style guide.
Instead of this waste, you might well enjoy such excellent guides as Plain Style, The Associated Press Stylebook, and The Craft of Scientific Writing.
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I'm in PT school and learning to write in a whole new style is tough...this manual will come in handy
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