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sub-titleHow to Edit Your Own Writing
authorClaire Kehrwald Cook
date reviewed2008.12.05

This book, unlike others I've bought on copy writing, is packed with examples that highlight how to write clearly and concisely. However I didn't find anything about it terribly revelatory - I never had the sense that my copy writing had made the next level. Which was a pity because I was very much a beginner. Copy writing is as hard as anything I've done, and I've written manuals, policies, novels, short stories, unhappy reports, an industry standard, and funeral speeches.

The book contains a useful section on English grammar at the end. Which is good, because as a product of the public education system in Alberta in the '80s, I didn't get that.

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A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance.

—Antoine de Saint-Exupery