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The Art of Public Speaking with Connect Lucas Paperback – Nov 3 2008

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About the Author


Stephen E. Lucas is Professor of Communication Arts and Evjue-Bascom Professor in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has taught since 1972. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his master's and doctorate degrees from Penn State University.

Professor Lucas has been recognized for his work as both a scholar and a teacher. His first book, Portents of Rebellion: Rhetoric and Revolution in Philadelphia, 1765-1776, received the Golden Anniversary Award of the National Communication Association in 1977 and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His major articles include "The Schism in Rhetorical Scholarship" (1981), "The Renaissance of American Public Address: Text and Context in Rhetorical Criticism" (1988), "The Stylistic Artistry of the Declaration of Independence” (1990), and “The Rhetorical Ancestry of the Declaration of Independence” (1998), for which he received the Golden Anniversary Monograph Award of the National Communication Association. His most recent book is Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999 (2009).

Professor Lucas has received a number of teaching awards, including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Wisconsin and the National Communication Association’s Donald Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education. His lecture course on "The Rhetoric of Campaigns and Revolutions" is among the most popular on campus and has twice been selected for statewide broadcast in its entirety by Wisconsin Public Radio. Professor Lucas is featured in the Educational Video Group’s program on the history of American public address, and he has appeared on the History Channel’s documentary on the Declaration of Independence.

Professor Lucas has directed the introductory public speaking course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1973. Over the years he has been responsible for numerous teaching innovations and has supervised the training of hundreds of graduate assistants. In addition to participating in public speaking workshops and colloquia at schools throughout the United States, he has served as a judge for the major national English-language public speaking competitions in China, has lectured at numerous Chinese universities, and has conducted workshops for Chinese instructors on teaching public speaking.

Stephen Lucas and his wife, Patty, live in Madison, Wisconsin, and have two sons, Jeff and Ryan. His interests include travel, sports, art, and photography.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
There is no Connect Lucas Aug. 17 2013
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The selling point of this product is the possibility to access online resources about the subject. The book comes with an access code and pages explaining how much you can get from Connect Lucas. But once you try to register on the web site you discover that the access for 10th edition is no longer existent and only students with a instructor can get the benefits of the online data base. It is totally frustrating for a self-study customer and a great mislead for people spending over 100$ on it. McGraw-Hill does not care and Amazon keep promoting it "with Connect Lucas". Besides the introduction mention a free DVD included but there is nothing actually.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
great book Oct. 5 2010
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this is a great book, i've really enjoyed reading it. i had to buy this for my public speaking class, but its not like a textbook. it reads like a regular informational book, and has a lot of useful information. recommended for anyone who wants some professional advise on how to improve on your public speaking.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Trouble Accessing Online Website Speeches That Come With Book Purchase Dec 21 2012
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The book itself was delivered quickly and in new condition. However, I am unable to access the online component which is supposed to provide access to speeches that are referenced in the book. I've registered using the code supplied in the book and even contacted the customer service department of the publisher that was given online and in the book to no avail. Will keep trying. I find this very disappointing since actually viewing and hearing the delivery of speeches is key to this course.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good read! July 2 2010
By M. MacKenzie - Published on
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I bought this book brand new due to the online access code. The book is really an easy and educational read (for being a text book). I usually find textbooks difficult to read, but this has been good. I haven't used the online access code because I want to be able to resell it with the code intact, but I can see where it would be good to have. This book was exactly what I needed for my summer class, and I received it promptly. Thanks Amazon.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Was great! Aug. 16 2013
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My class was using the newer version, but this one did just fine! The newest version had a few statistical changes and different page numbers.