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"This book is pretty ambitious in a 'good way.' It challenges the students to apply course concepts in real world situations where answers are not always obvious. The NG "inserts" do a really nice job here."
"I believe this text provides a unique perspective, utilizing fantastic examples of how varying successful individuals utilize communication. Very exciting text!"
"A pretty traditional hybrid text with a unique emphasis on civility and diversity which is sorely needed in our society."
"....From what I see so far the examples are a real strength of the writing and certainly enhance the interest of the reading and engage the reader at a very visceral level."
"This chapter (Chapter 10: Developing Your Speech Topic and Purpose) takes students on a clear path to help them determine speech topics. The steps in the process of choosing a topic are articulated well. These pages on selecting a topic, narrowing the purpose, and developing a thesis statement are done very well. Finally, a textbook that explains this in such clear, step by step language, as opposed to textbooks that gloss over the process, leaving out the important connecting steps! I love the connection the author makes between purpose statements and thesis statements to guide students in developing a well-directed speech. In addition, the author does an excellent job discussing intro and conclusion techniques. Students can read this chapter and truly get it on their own."