Synopses & Reviews
Clear, concise writing style and friendly, unpretentious tone.
More than a million students have come to rely on easy-to-understand
explanations that come directly from the author's own classroom
experience. Diana Hacker explains concepts intelligently but briefly,
allowing students to find answers faster than they do with other
An indispensable reference text.
Trademark reference features such as hand-edited sentences, tutorials
demonstrating how to use the book, a simplified brief menu inside the
front cover, and a user-friendly index, with entries such as I vs. me,
help students find the information they need and then understand
what they find. And The Bedford Handbook's award-winning design, with
full color and lively icons, makes the pages easy to scan.
A thorough classroom text.
The Bedford Handbook includes all the topics covered in a composition
course, from composing and revising to grammar and mechanics to
research and documentation. Nine sample papers illustrate effective
writing and document design. Hundreds of exercises, some with answers,
allow students to test themselves.
Innovative charts and boxes.
In addition to providing the charts you expect to find in a handbook,
Diana Hacker has designed several flow charts for important topics such
as subject-verb agreement and run-on sentences. She has also written 20
Looking at Yourself as a Writer charts, which encourage
self-reflection, and 50 grammar checker boxes, which show students what
current grammar checkers can and cannot do.
Help for culturally diverse students.
The first handbook author to include such help, Diana Hacker offers
clear and simple advice for nonnative speakers in a separate ESL
section as well as in boxed tips throughout the book.