Political Writing A Guide to the Essentials

ISBN-10: 0765631245

ISBN-13: 9780765631244

Edition: 2012

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Writing well, and persuasively, is a discipline that can be learned. This book introduces the essential skills, rules, and steps for producing effective political prose appropriate to many contexts, from the editorial, the op-ed, and the polemical essay to other forms both weighty and seemingly slight. Drafting commission reports, policy memoranda, and press releases requires skill. Writing speeches or ghosting essays for a principal calls upon special sensitivities. There are rules for ceremonial remarks, letters, and toasts; blogging is best done with some discipline; and the editorial arts are both various and undervalued. Author Adam Garfinkle, founding editor of The American Interest, with long experience as a political prose writer in many venues, developed a course in political writing for interns working in government and think tank offices in Washington, DC. This book makes that course, along with a sprinkling of the author's trademark wit and wisdom, widely available.
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.

Foreword
Introduction: How This Book Came to Be
Fundamentals of Rhetoric and Polemic
Becoming a Better Writer
Writing Better Still
The Essay
The Review
The Op-Ed
Speechwriting
Letters, Toasts, and Ceremonials
Memoranda
Commission Reports
Blogs
A Philosophy of Editing
Some Parting Words
Index
About the Author
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