The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-defense at Work

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Prentice Hall Press, 2000 - Business & Economics - 340 pages
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David Dyer's astonishing novel The Midnight Watchis based on the true story of the SS Californian, the ship that sawtheTitanic'sdistress rockets and yet, unfathomably, did nothing. A psychological thriller.

Sometimes the smallest of human failings can lead to the greatest of disasters

On a wretchedly cold night in the North Atlantic, a steamer stopped in an icefield sees the glow of another ship on the horizon. Just after midnight the first of eight distress rockets is fired. Why did theCalifornian look on while theTitanicsank?

As soon as Boston Americanreporter John Steadman lays eyes on the man who stood the midnight watch on the Californian, he knows there's another story lurking behind the official one. Herbert Stone must have seen something, and yet his ship did nothing while the calamity took place. Now Stone, under his captain's orders, must carry his secret in silence, while Steadman is determined to find it out.

So begins a strange dance around the truth by these three men. Haunted by the fifteen hundred who went to their deaths in those icy waters, and by the loss of his own baby son years earlier, Steadman must either find redemption in the Titanic's tragedy or lose himself.

Based on true events, The Midnight Watchis at once a heart-stopping mystery and a deeply knowing novel - about the frailty of men, the strength of women, the capriciousness of fate and the price of loyalty.

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    Promises were made in the first two chapters that were not kept in the remainder of the book, specifically that the reader would learn how to understand "language as traffic" as well as in terms of ... Read full review

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    Has some good tips for better communication in general. They just weren't the tips I was hoping for. Maybe I will change my mind after putting some of the skills into practice. Read full review


    Introduction Language the Power Source That Never Fails You
    Phony Power and Real Power
    Where Does It Come From?

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    About the author (2000)

    Suzette Haden Elgin, Ph.D., is Associate Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at San Diego State University.

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