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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (1 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349119244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349119243
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 2 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A study of [UNSPEAK] is not just ttimely and welcome but (you'll feel once you've read this book) urgent. ...we should all be grateful to Steven Poole for his public spiritedness in undertaking it. Will someone please give him a medal, or a government office, or a slot on the radio with daily updates? (Claire Harman, EVENING STANDARD)

Poole has a sharp eye for hidden meanings and sub-texts. His account of politician s' addiction to the word "community" is a tour de force. By emphasising that one should always "look to the language", and going about his task with such forensic brio, Po (Francis Wheen, THE LIBERAL)

Steven Poole is to rhetorial doublespeak what the small boy was to the naked emperor: a pin to prick the speech bubbles (SUNDAY HERALD)

Steven Poole is to rhetorical doublespeak what the small boy was to the naked emperor: a pin to prick the speech bubbles . . . UNSPEAK sets out the case against, and also offers forensic analysis of, some of the most notorious examples he has found... UNSP (SCOTSMAN)

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* The language of everyday deception stripped bare

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