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Although we have recently been made aware of the nation's poor reading habits and constructive measures have been taken toward remedying the situation, it is the authors' complaint that we have been sadly remiss, too, in our listening habits but relatively little has been done to alleviate the malady. Since we spend most of our time listening it behooves us to do it in the right way. This takes concentration and effort and the authors have a multitude of suggestions and helpful pointers for better listening. The effects of poor listening are most easily seen in schools and industry but it is here that the greatest strides have been made, in listening-development programs and instruction and these efforts are included as illustrations of what can be done along this line. The best listeners are ""those who listen for whole ideas rather than pieces of what is said"". But the authors take too long in making this observation and although the text is well interspersed with anecdotes and examples, the length of the book is ill-suited to the topic. But if one hasn't had enough, an ample bibliography can fill in any gaps.

Publisher: McGraw-Hill