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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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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Great book but not a great value. March 21 2012
By Nick Adams - Published on
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The author does a great job of explaining things in a way that is easily readable and applicable. I do wish that the value of the book matched the content quality. At the price of $103.24 at the time of this review, the book is way overpriced. The book is 300 pages, but this is only because of 3 inch margins and many unnecessary pictures (see product pictures). In actuality, the content is about 150 pages. In summation, the quality is good, however the price truly diminishes the merit of the book. If, like me, you are required to purchase this, you may be better off buying it used or renting it. The book is a quick read, so you may consider purchasing it/renting it with a classmate so that the price is truly worth it. You will be able to share it and each read the whole thing in just a few days.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Overpriced July 24 2012
By Abigail MacKenzie - Published on
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This book was required for a college class. It's easy to understand but it should be because most of it is simply common sense. I agree with the previous review, too many photos, examples that may or may not be applicable in your class, and wide margins, this book could be reduced by two-thirds. A glossary would have been helpful. The quality of the cover is horrible. Once you begin to read this book, the covers curl open. My advice is buy a "used" copy and purchase access to 'Connect' from the publisher if required for your class. At the current price, over $100 for a new copy, what you actually get is lots of color photographs - nice, but of no value. It should be easy to find a used copy, as it is not worth keeping!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
DONT BUY FOR NEW Aug. 12 2014
By Mason Vetter - Published on
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For a new book, you think you would get an access code with it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A decent book on public speaking for anyone interesting in the topic Dec 29 2012
By Wolf Tombe - Published on
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I purchased this book for an undergraduate class on public speaking. I do a lot of public speaking and still found this book to be both interesting and helpful in that it provided some interesting points even for accomplished public speakers. I especially enjoyed the historical background on both the classic and modern approaches to public speaking. I also found the topics on specific methodologies for persuasive speaking to be thought provoking.

On the downside, the book isn’t inexpensive; but most university text books aren’t.

I decided to get the Kindle addition so I could search the book, book mark topics of importance and make electronic notes. One warning, if you need access to the website that has the associated video materials available with the hardbound copy the code to access these do NOT come with the kindle version! Luckily, my university had its own access to these materials for me.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Overpriced text for a speech class Jan. 1 2013
By Rehab Science Grad Student - Published on
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Buy used if you can, the text is over-priced for its value. Other than being mandated by the professor,its true use to the student was nominal except for mid-term exam.