November 01, 2003

What’s Wrong with Long Sentences? (2003, 17:06)

What’s Wrong with Long Sentences?

Probate and Property, November/December 2003, Volume 17, Number 6

By Howard Darmstadter
Howard Darmstadter is an assistant general counsel with Citigroup in New York City.
This article previously appeared in Business Law Today, May/June 2003 .

A few weeks ago, I began reading Garrett Mattingly’s The Armada to my younger son. A 1960 Pulitzer Prize winner, The Armada is a riveting account of the defeat of the Spanish Armada, set against the background of the great-power diplomacy of the period. I first read it in my twenties, in a single sitting, and I’ve reread it several times since. My older boy read it with tremendous enjoyment in his early teens. I have occasionally wished that all of history could be so engagingly written.


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