Economical Writing, Third Edition: Thirty-Five Rules for Clear and Persuasive Prose

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University of Chicago Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Deirdre N. McCloskey is distinguished professor of economics, history, English, and communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Among her many books are The Bourgeois Virtues, Bourgeois Dignity, Bourgeois Equality, Crossing: A Memoir; The Secret Sins of Economics, and If You're So Smart: The Narrative of Economic Expertise, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

"The book delights because it demonstrates--clearly, persuasively, enjoyably--the importance of paying attention to rules and rhythms in one's writing. . . . Style guides that succeed in encouraging writers to rethink approaches, to try something new, or to disrupt staid routines are style guides we need. Writers should check out Economical Writing, and editors should recommend it. Your future readers will be thankful."-- "Journal of Scholarly Publishing"
"You don't have to be an economist to benefit from the book, but it will certainly help many economists - we are not famed for clarity and elegance of expression. . . . [McCloskey] is always a model of clarity. . . . Highly recommended for all who write as part of their work or for pleasure. Pretty much everybody?"--Diane Coyle "Enlightened Economist"
"This slim volume should be required reading for all professionals and students, and its audience need not be limited to economists. . . . McCloskey has written a provocative book that has led me to re-think my own approach to writing. If more economists were to spend the short time necessary to read this book, both the writing and the reading of economics might become a more pleasurable experience."-- "Southern Economic Journal"
"If you want to be read (and who doesn't) and be remembered (better yet), Economical Writing is for you. This entertaining volume will teach you how to write meaningful and joyful economics. A dose of McCloskey banishes the dismal from the 'dismal science.' McCloskey is the Strunk and White of economics, and Economical Writing should be required reading for all economists."--Claudia Goldin, Harvard University
"McCloskey has written the best short guide to academic prose in the language. Is this language English and not the Academic Official Style? Does McCloskey write with a sense that is also a sense of humor? All true. Buy and believe."--Richard Lanham, University of California, Los Angeles
"McCloskey tells economists to say what they have to say clearly and economically, and then shows them how. Students can learn to write so that the professor will know what they mean and, more important, professors can learn to write so that the rest of the world will know what they mean."--Howard S. Becker, University of Washington
"This slim book is packed with practical, necessary information, delivered succinctly and with just enough humor to make the reader forget it's good for them."-- "Publishing Research Quarterly"