Excerpt from Actual Business English
For more than a generation, authors of text books on English have called their books by the title Business English. So far as I know, no one previous to Mr. Deffendall has dared actually to do what is implied in the title.
In Actual Business English every illustrative sentence is taken from business; every usage recommended is a business usage; every modern detail taught is a detail necessary to business letter writing; and every antiquated detail ignored is a detail that the business office of today also ignores.
The usual text labeled Business English begins with illustrations taken from the classics, and ends with them. This book is different. Mr. Deffendall's sentences and paragraphs come hot from Wanamaker, Packard, Goodyear, and others who pay men to do what Mr. Deffendall is trying to train the student to do. No such sentences as "The lowing herds wind slowly o'er the lea," appear in his work. This is not because such sentences are not beautiful and correct, but because "The growing company moved into a new building," suits Mr. Deffendall's purpose better, and has a stronger appeal to enthusiastic commercial students. That the author has actually done what his title promises, is the first thing that stands out from the pages of this book.
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