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Understanding Human Communication Paperback – Abridged, January 10, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0199747382 ISBN-10: 0199747385 Edition: 11th

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Product Details

  • Series: Understanding Human Communication
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 11 edition (January 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199747385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199747382
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


Ronald B. Adler is Professor of Communication Emeritus at Santa Barbara City College. He is coauthor of Interplay: The Process of Interpersonal Communication, Eleventh Edition (OUP, 2009), Looking Out, Looking In (2011), and Communicating at Work: Principles and Practices for Business and the Professions (2011).

George Rodman is a professor in the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, where he founded the graduate media studies program. He is author of Mass Media in a Changing World, Fourth Edition (2011), Making Sense of Media (2001), and several books on public speaking.

Carrie Cropley Hutchinson is a professor in the Department of Communication at Santa Barbara City College, where she directs the Interpersonal Communication and Business Communication programs. She also teaches Intercultural Communication for the college's study abroad program. Professor Cropley is the author of Interpersonal Communication: Navigating Relationships in a Changing World (2010).

Customer Reviews

It was easy and simple.
Iqra
I hate the subject, because it is not a hard science, and the information in this book is all theory, and circumstantial.
Becky
If I didn't *have* to read this book for class, I definitely would never read it.
ninat03

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By avidreader on August 25, 2012
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I like this text because it addresses many of the current and emerging forms of communication as well as the usual stuff one would expect to find in a communication book. This book also has a great appendix that offers specific interview and employment strategies as well as communication tips for career advancement. There's some helpful information pertaining to resume building, and I found the suggestions relating to preparing for interview questions to be especially helpful. Great book for the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on August 19, 2013
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It's an okay book. This book does provide some of the essential concepts in understanding how communication works, but lacks any real depth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By david talbott on January 15, 2014
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if there was a condensed version I still don't think i would read it. I passed my course by taking notes in class this book is long winded and by the time it gets to the point I lost the plot.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ninat03 on March 21, 2013
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The tone of this book is either very condescending or is actually written for 12 year olds. Some of the sentences are constructed in such an obtuse way it is almost painful to read. If I didn't *have* to read this book for class, I definitely would never read it. The way that key terms are in italics instead of in bold/contrasting color/underlined makes it difficult to know what exactly one is supposed to glean from the work. Also, textbooks are extremely expensive and this one contains comic strips which I am sure are not free to use, making it that much frustrating to read. I really don't think that a "Cathy" comic strip is going to teach me anything about communication that isn't possible to just explain in plain text. It's not cute.
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Moderately well-written and only beginning to be relevant, this textbook does well enough. I am using it in my Communications 101 course in college. It's somewhat dry and wordy sometimes, as text books are wont to be, and some of the theories expressed in it can come off as a little rigid, one-sided and some as downright quackery. Parts of it are quite interesting though - definitely recommended if you're wanting to go into something like social sciences or psychology at some point, but as somebody who is looking for practicality in a professional business environment, there isn't much here to interest or pertain to you. At least it's nice and cheap.
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By Jose A. Alvarez on July 13, 2014
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Fast and depenable service.
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By Clawtail on July 10, 2014
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It's weird to rate a text book, regardless of subject, it's a good book. However, 12th edition just came out so...
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