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The Art of Public Speaking with Connect Access Card 11th Edition

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ISBN-10: 007760170X
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephen E. Lucas is Professor of Communication Arts and Evjue-Bascom Professor in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has taught since 1972. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his master's and doctorate degrees from Penn State University.

Professor Lucas has been recognized for his work as both a scholar and a teacher. His first book, Portents of Rebellion: Rhetoric and Revolution in Philadelphia, 1765-1776, received the Golden Anniversary Award of the National Communication Association in 1977 and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His major articles include "The Schism in Rhetorical Scholarship" (1981), "The Renaissance of American Public Address: Text and Context in Rhetorical Criticism" (1988), "The Stylistic Artistry of the Declaration of Independence” (1990), and “The Rhetorical Ancestry of the Declaration of Independence” (1998), for which he received the Golden Anniversary Monograph Award of the National Communication Association. His most recent book is Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999 (2009).

Professor Lucas has received a number of teaching awards, including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Wisconsin and the National Communication Association’s Donald Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education. His lecture course on "The Rhetoric of Campaigns and Revolutions" is among the most popular on campus and has twice been selected for statewide broadcast in its entirety by Wisconsin Public Radio. Professor Lucas is featured in the Educational Video Group’s program on the history of American public address, and he has appeared on the History Channel’s documentary on the Declaration of Independence.

Professor Lucas has directed the introductory public speaking course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1973. Over the years he has been responsible for numerous teaching innovations and has supervised the training of hundreds of graduate assistants. In addition to participating in public speaking workshops and colloquia at schools throughout the United States, he has served as a judge for the major national English-language public speaking competitions in China, has lectured at numerous Chinese universities, and has conducted workshops for Chinese instructors on teaching public speaking.

Stephen Lucas and his wife, Patty, live in Madison, Wisconsin, and have two sons, Jeff and Ryan. His interests include travel, sports, art, and photography.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 11 edition (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007760170X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077601706
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is ok. I did not get the access card and later learned that because it was a used book I had to purchase the card seperate. It was advertised "with Connect Plus Access Card" but no card came with it. This threw me behind in my class work.
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The book seems to be reasonably informative, but if you rent this title make sure your instructor isn't using Connect Lucas access features. Used titles may not have the access card and Rentals won't have it for sure (even though the title says with card). The card alone goes for $60-$80 (I got mine for $40 secondhand, but it's not guaranteed). You may only save $10 in the long run buying used (if you need the card) and in some cases you could pay more than the new copy with card.
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I purchased the instructors edition by accident but at a lower price and it was the same exact book.

The only difference is that you can't send it in for a trade in or anything.

But you can save $ and still get a good grade in public speaking.
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By Liz D on February 2, 2016
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Got a used version, which is what I asked for. I don't think it came with the access code as such, which was fine for me anyway. No marks, only a bit scuffed on the cover and some dog-eared pages but nothing very distracting at all. All of the pages seemed to be present and I passed my class with an A with this book. I paid ~$20 for this previous edition as opposed to ~$120 for a new copy of the newer edition, and you really can't beat that.
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I rented this book for $20 with the connect card included! The book in new condition. The return was easy. I just printed out the UPS label, put it back in the same package it came in and dropped it in the UPS drop box. No one should ever buy a book again.
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The book is well written and organized. Unlike most of the contemporary texts that are filled with biased examples meant to influence ones political mindset in one direction or another, this one has a comparatively minimal amount. At least there's a token effort appear to present alternative views. A complete and total lack of bias in a textbook would be refreshing but in a book that discusses critical thinking skills it should be manadatory.
Overall, the text is an easy read that's filled with good information -- it's current iteration forms a solid introductory text on public speaking.
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By Julio Hernandez on September 19, 2014
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Bought this for my girlfriend. The book is well infomative, but her professor was not useful in explaining the proper use for the book. Helpful for anyone consoderong in majoring in speech, well its a basic class that everyone needs to take.
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The seller sold me the instructor's version. If you plan on having it in class, don't buy from this seller! I saw the instructor's version available but did not buy it because you can't re-sell the instructor's version. They sent me the instructor's version anyway. Getting a degree is expensive enough without getting ripped off by dishonest seller. By the way, it is a violation of copywright laws to sell instructor's versions. So I'm stuck using this version and because I discovered it was the wrong version 15 days past the return date, the seller refuses to let me return it.
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