am 23. August 1998
Zissner entices the reader to write, write, write! It is one of the best guides to aid professors, high school teachers, and every day people to write for everything. His chapters on writing for math, science and other fields where writing is sometimes difficult for students, are practical and full of examples. Great for first-time college students.
am 14. Juni 2000
Though his book is extremely well written, Bill Z. (Billsy :-) tends to overvalue "standard" English. In fact, he's downright arrogant.
Here's an example of what Billsy writes in his book: "I can't handle an A-plus mind expressing itself in C-minus sentences." The mind and sentences being those of Richard Feynman.
Ultimately, Zinsser unwittingly makes the statement of how very-very far we must go before educated people in positions of de facto power who spout things such as "writing to learn"/ "learning to write" and people doing hard core intellectual work, yet maintain their humanity, understand each other.
In short, arrogant "Fellas" like Bill should simply have a have bongo-drums smashed on their heads...just kidding.
For less arrogance and better understanding read Rudolph Flesch's "How to Write, Speak and Think More Effectively."