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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 10 edition (Oct. 31 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073385158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073385150
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 0.1 x 25.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,866,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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HASH(0xa3f21018) out of 5 stars Good Beginner Book Feb. 10 2012
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This book is a good introduction to speaking publicly for beginners. The language is very clear and informative regarding how to speak in front of people and how to improve yourself. There are things like techniques mentioned such as exercises to prepare yourself for public speeches. If you're looking for a good beginner book, this is for you; I'd recommend it; a lot of step by step explanations of what speech is and how to prepare yourself.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f21264) out of 5 stars Perfect for Introductory Public Speaking March 21 2010
By Sarah Kim - Published on
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This book explains thoroughly step by step the process of understanding what public speaking is, and how to approach it. It provides a lot of suggestions to improve your game in public speaking, which is helpful for someone like me, who is terrified of it. I would recommend it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f21228) out of 5 stars Great book for introductory speaking Nov. 5 2011
By S. Bouaphachanh - Published on
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Public speaking was my most feared class. I stressed about what I would write in my speeches so much and the class hadn't even started yet. After reading the book, it relieved some of the stress. It had a lot of examples, do's and don'ts etc. This book is worth buying.
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HASH(0xa3f21720) out of 5 stars I'm glad I bought this book. April 1 2014
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Great book that still has the formula for public communication covering a variety of settings. Easy to read and informative.
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HASH(0xa3f215b8) out of 5 stars Pretty good for an Art College Student May 15 2014
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Had to take a public speaking class at my Art College. This was the required text and it has some good examples and pointers. There are some interesting articles in here. I suggest this for anyone new to public speaking. I should have taken this class as a Freshman but somehow avoided it until I was a Senior, so by the time I got the class, I was use to public speaking. Great for freshmen to buy, good for seniors to rent from the library.