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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; 10th Revised edition edition (13 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250004411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250004413
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.7 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I love the accessibility, brevity of entries, and layout of this book. Many of my students keep the text long after the course is over to have a handy and accurate reference on the shelf at work."--Nancy Schneider, University of Maine - Augusta "I have found this book to be an excellent resource for finding answers to a variety of technical writing questions both simply and quickly. The wide range of topics covered also makes the handbook useful as a general reference across many disciplines."--Cynthia Raisor, Texas A&M University "This handbook has kept up with the increasing focus on technology and electronic research and with the typical components of a variety of professional documents. Once students discover this book's usefulness, they consult it in conjunction with every writing assignment, saving me time and encouraging them to participate more fully in their own learning."--Karen Welch, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire "I choose the "Handbook of Technical Writing" because I want students to have a single, reliable, versatile and broad-ranging text that will serve them well in a variety of circumstances."--Ralph Batie, Oregon Institute of Technology "The Handbook of Technical Writing is written clearly and the information in it is accessible. It's a valuable companion in any technical writing classroom."--Natalie D. Segal, University of Hartford

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Gerald J. Alred is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where he teaches courses in professional writing and directs the Graduate Certificate Program in International Technical Communication. He received the 2004 Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication from the Society for Technical Communication. He is also the author of the annotated bibliography "Essential Works on Technical Communication," which appeared in the 50th anniversary issue of "Technical Communication."Charles T. Brusaw is a business-writing consultant for corporations worldwide. He worked for twenty years as a technical writer for the NCR Corporation and has also worked in advertising, public relations, and curriculum development. Walter E. Oliu until recently served as Chief of the Publishing Services Branch at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is a communications consultant in the Washington, D.C., area and has taught at Miami University of Ohio, Slippery Rock State University, and Montgomery College. All three are co-authors of "The Business Writer's Handbook, Eighth Edition" (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006); "The Business Writer's Companion, Fourth Edition" (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005); "Writing That""Works, Eighth Edition" (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004); and "The Technical Writer's Companion, Third Edition" (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002).

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Very informative book, great investment for Technical Writers.
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Amazing writing resource 10 Mar. 2012
By Todd Hawley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've enjoyed having this book around since I first encountered it almost three decades ago now. It really is
the technical writer's "Swiss army knife" because of everything that the book talks about. Countless writing-related topics are discussed, some in great detail and as always in alphabetical order. Among the topics discussed are grammatical and punctuation issues, writing style tips, definitions of some terms, along with similar sounding words, as well as topics related to tech writing like grant writing, white papers, proposals and other types of formal reports. As with previous editions, there are sections on writing a cover letter, resume and how to handle yourself on a job interview and/or conducting a presentation or meeting.

I liked the book's "web links," which are URLs describing helpful web sites related to the just described topic that are in small boxes. Another feature I liked were the "Writer's Checklists" also listed after various topics. These checklists call attention to important points not covered previously. Some important topics contain their own small 'Table of Contents,' which let you refer to a specific mini-topic.

A short review like this does not do justice to this book. Suffice to say if you're a technical writer at any level you should have this book on your bookshelf.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The most helpful book on technical writing ever written 22 Feb. 2012
By Thomas R. Ulrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As Director of Software Engineering at a medical device manufacturer, I write and review a lot of technical documents. No other book on technical writing even comes close to this book in terms of being helpful and specific. I've been using and recommending this book since I first encountered it in 1997 (5th edition). If you're involved in writing and/or reviewing technical documents, buy this book and you'll thank me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Worth Reading 11 Dec. 2012
By JL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I ordered this because it's a textbook for my technical and professional writing class. The book contains very useful sample documents and defines even the most basic terms. I'd be able to use this for almost any writing class in the future. I only wish the pages didn't jump around so much--turn to page xx for more on this, then turn to page xx for more on this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's got what I need 3 Feb. 2013
By rmand - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I rented this book in college when I did my internship. Whenever I had a question on how I should word a paragraph or how I should use proofreader's marks, the answer was in the book. When I graduated realized that I needed this book again so I ordered it from Amazon. I couldn't be happier wit my purchase.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reference book 10 May 2013
By JS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a well-organized reference book. It is organized alphabetically, which I find useful and effective. I will be using this book for my future endeavors in technical writing. From writing letters, to formal reports, email correspondence and much, much more, this book will be by my side throughout my career. I recommend this book.
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