Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters by Harold EvansDo I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters by Harold Evans

Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters

byHarold Evans

Hardcover | May 16, 2017

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*New York Times Bestseller *

One of NPR's Best Books of 2017

A wise and entertaining guide to writing English the proper way by one of the greatest newspaper editors of our time.

Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger. He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. In DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?, he brings his indispensable insight to us all in his definite guide to writing well.

The right words are oxygen to our ideas, but the digital era, with all of its TTYL, LMK, and WTF, has been cutting off that oxygen flow. The compulsion to be precise has vanished from our culture, and in writing of every kind we see a trend towards more--more speed and more information but far less clarity.

Evans provides practical examples of how editing and rewriting can make for better communication, even in the digital age. DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR? is an essential text, and one that will provide every writer an editor at his shoulder.
Harold Evans is a British-born journalist and writer who was editor of the Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981. A graduate of Durham University, he has written a number of bestselling histories. He followed the late Alistair Cooke in commentaries on America for the BBC. An American citizen since 1993, he has held positions as editor-in-chie...
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Title:Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well MattersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:May 16, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316277177

ISBN - 13:9780316277174

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"Clarity and wit have something in common, and it's Harry Evans. He clears a path through the thorny underbrush that stands between us and meaning, and he does it with cutting humor and graceful charm. He certainly does make himself clear, and us, too."-Alan Alda, Actor and Writer