Disappointing–Useful if You Didn’t Learn English Well,
May 30, 2004
I was very disappointed by this book, which came highly recommended. The other book recommended by the same source, Revising Business Prose by Richard Lanham, is much more suited to helping an already educated (and the over-educated) person focus their writing.This book is essentially a double-spaced simpleton’s dictionary. It lost me right away when I happened upon the entry “bullion Gold of silver in bar form. Do not confuse with boullion, a clear broth with seasoning.” Good heavens. If you do not know the difference, this is the book for you. It has hundreds of other similarly inane examples, as I found in going over it as carefully as possible, trying to understand why on earth it had been recommended to me.