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How anyone could give this book a bad review is beyond me -- they likely cannot read well enough to comprehend Bryan A. Garner's genius.
A sensible and useful book. I cannot tout the greatness of this book enough except that if you want to succeed as an attorney and if you take pride in your work you will want to read this book. Nay, you will long to read this book.
On a more practical note, Legal Writing in Plain English has all the tools to help make an average writer better and bring a good writer up to the level of naturally talented. Amazingly constructed with examples, explanations, and exercises, I don't know how Bryan Garner was able to construct such a masterpiece and still have more to teach in other books.
Let it not be a surprise that many law schools use this as a text for their legal-writing courses. And would it be surprising for anyone to find out that many of the largest law firms in the U.S. hire Bryan Garner to teach this book to their lawyers -- both associates and partners alike. But unlike those lucky few that had their firms bring Garner into their offices to teach their lawyers, I had to find out about this book the hard way and later than I should have.
I encourage you to read this book even if you just borrow it from the library. But you really do need your own copy for your notes to fill the pages and also as a desk-reference book that should find company among other Garner books that seem to be permanently stacked on my desk, both at home and at work. When this book is thoroughly read and worked through along with Garner's The Redbook and The Winning Brief, you have all the tools that a third party can give you to make you an incredible writer. But only you can give the dedication needed to transform your writing into something that sings. I agree with the great professor David Foster Wallace, Bryan A. Garner is truly a genius.
Buying this book is the first step to choosing to be a better professional. And how could you not look to the editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary and the only U.S. Supreme Court Justices co-author (with Justice Antonin Scalia in Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges) to help you succeed in legal writing?
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Posted October 27, 2013
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