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

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Is this a pleasurable read or a textbook? It veers between the two. Either way, it would have been a damn sight more useful if the publishers had bothered with an index.
-Financial Times

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*New York Times Bestseller *
A wise and entertaining look at the struggle for clarity in modern journalism 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.
 

About Harold Evans

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From 1997 to 1999, Harold Evans was Editorial Director and Vice Chairman of U.S. News and World Report, the New York Daily News, and Fast Company. He was President and Publisher of the Random House Trade Group from 1990 to 1997. He lives in New York City.
 
Published May 16, 2017 by Little, Brown and Company. 404 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jan 18 2017

Thoughtful ruminations about current language mixed with praise for clarity and disdain for murkiness.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Jim Holt on May 17 2017

As a master editor and distinguished author, Evans is well qualified to instruct us on how to write well. But can he delight us in the process? After reading this book, I can affirm that the answer is yes. For the most part. Up to a point.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Matthew Engel on May 05 2017

Is this a pleasurable read or a textbook? It veers between the two. Either way, it would have been a damn sight more useful if the publishers had bothered with an index.

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