- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Harvest Original; First edition (January 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156482401
- ISBN-13: 978-0156482400
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 109 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Born in Montreal, Robert MacNeil grew up in Halifax, attended Dalhousie University and graduated from Carleton in Ottawa. After early work as a CBC announcer, he was a journalist for forty years with Reuters News Agency, NBC News and the BBC, culminating in twenty years as Executive Editor of the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour on PBS. His bestselling novel, Burden of Desire, won rave reviews in Canada and the U.S. He is also the author of two other novels, The Voyage and Breaking News; three memoirs, The Right Place at the Right Time, Wordstruck, and Looking For My Country; and co-author of The Story of English and its sequel, Do You Speak American? He divides his time between New York and Nova Scotia.
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In reading reviews here, I noticed that many miss the earlier editions of this book, feeling that something has been lost in translation in the latest edition. I was curious and wondered if I could ever find an older edition in order to see for myself. It appears that the Kindle version here IS the original text. I'm very happy to have access to it for comparison purposes. And what a price! (I feared that buying a physical copy of a first edition at a used book store might set me back a pretty penny.)
That said, be aware that the books are significantly different. Just alerting any first-time buyer to select with care.
Another note: I love the introduction to the 5th edition by Robert MacNeil (of MacNeil/Leherer fame) but this Amazon listing erroneously gives his biography information as that of the "author". That is confusing to say the least! Dear Amazon: please correct.
Some of the low-rated reviews I noticed have an academically philosophical bent. But this book is highly pragmatic: you can do something with what you learn on a day to day basis. Observing others gripped in "two-valued orientation", for instance, enables you to help them "see" a third possibility - and beyond - in life where they might be stopped or gripped because of the two-valued orientation.
This book is not simply an exposition about semantics. It offers the reader pragmatic new ways to "listen" to what is being said/read; to distinguish empty rhetoric from purposeful speech. If you are a CIO, analyst, or a knowledge professional dealing with large amounts of information, ambiguity, and diversified sources (people who speak different professional languages), the book offers various categories and distinctions to think with in order to act effectively in challenging situations and offer value in tough communication. It surely helped me with my work, business, and career.
I highly recommend reading, then studying, then keeping this book as reference for anyone whose profession and success depends on virtuosity in language: Writers, business analysts, executives, business owners, marketing professionals, screenwriters ...
To understand this is to live a better "sane" life.
I bought these two copies as gifts for two friends who are attending seminary.
I think Language in Thought and Action should be required reading for everyone. It explores, deconstructs and explains how we communicate.
It helps us to better understand others and others to better understand us through better communication.
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