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on 20 September 2016
Good for working with American style although the index isn't always user friendly - sometimes hard to know the right term to look up!
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on 18 July 2017
Essential handbook for worded document creators.
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on 23 October 2013
Consistency is key to style and with this book a writer can be sure of being consistent as it is clear and easy to understand and very comprehensive. I don't know how I did without it till now!
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on 14 November 2015
A must have!
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on 16 October 1998
This is an essential text for writers who write for publication. While it has a great amount of grammar and style content, it also a bunch of technical content of interest primarily to professional authors (e.g., the proper way to number pages in a book).
If you are a student or business writer, you may be better served by a usage guide such as Follet's Modern American Usage, Elements of Style by Stunk and White, etc.
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on 21 July 1999
The Manual may have its opponents (particularly those who prefer, as the gentleman from Florida pointed out, to not place a comma before an article prefacing an end of a series), but it remains the pinnacle of style guides for the professional and dedicated writer. For a more pedestrian or student writer, it may not be the best choice (I suggest The Scribner Handbook, DiYanni and Hoy), but for the high academic, there is no other choice.
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on 17 March 1999
Whatever advice you find here that is different from advice you might find in a conventional grammar book is mostly advice you should not follow. Get hold of a conventional grammar book, say, "The Elements of Grammar". Get hold of a good dictionary, an American Heritage first edition (if you can find it). Get hold of Strunk and White's "The Element of Style". Get hold of the second edition of Henry Fowler's "Modern English Usage" (edited by Ernest Gowers). You're set.
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on 26 November 2002
A really rich, melifluous book. Authoritative and simply indespensible for anyone wanting to do any serious writing. Okay, it looks pricey, but you'll still be reading it in years to come.
I first came across it as a technician writing technical manuals in the early nineties. It is simply indespensible.
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on 16 December 1996
"The Chicago Manual" goes into sometimes-excruciating detail
about the pickiest rules of punctuation, typesetting,
academic references, and spelling. If you are interested in
(or your readers care about) the differences between
hyphens, en-dashes, and em-dashes, or if you want to know
how to include Portuguese quotations in your writing, "The
Chicago Manual" is your best guide. You may not always agree
with it (you may prefer not to put a comma before the final
"and" of a list, for example), but at least it is a
definitive authority to disagree with.
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on 11 July 1997
Having English as a second language, I need an exhaustive style manual with a good index. I bought this book in a store, and I spent the better part of an hour comparing it to its competitors. Though pricy, The CMS consistently came out as a winner, and I haven't regretted the 40 bucks I coughed up. You believe what you read in this book, it gives you the whole story, and the excellent index makes sure you find what you're looking for. At $28, it's a bargain.
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