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Robert's Rules Of Order

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,142 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Originally published as a slim document in 1896, General Henry M. Robert's classic guide to smooth, orderly, and fairly conducted meetings has sold close to five million copies in nine editions. The only book containing the completely developed Robert's Rules of Order subject matter, this latest edition will continue the book's reputation as the gold standard of meeting pr ...more
Hardcover, 800 pages
Published November 16th 2000 by Da Capo Press (first published 1876)
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Amy Drew
hahaha! this is the book I used to "read" when I was 3 and couldn't actually read yet but wanted everyone to think I could. I carried it with me everywhere, and could often be found curled up in a corner, staring intently at the usually upside-down words.
Oct 20, 2008 Shanice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who need to learn about legal precedures
Very informational. I learned a alot. But, one of the most boring books I have ever laid eyes on
Erik Graff
Jan 10, 2015 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parliamentarians
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sciences, reference
Although exposed to Robert's Rules in high school I never really got down to studying and regularly employing them until the responsibilities of chairing Socialist Party meetings was thrust upon me in the early eighties. Then, particularly at contentious sessions of our national conventions, having a common guide was of great help in managing--and sometimes manipulating--disputes and digressions.
Jim Slaughter
There are lots of books with Robert’s Rules in the title. However, most of these books are earlier editions of Robert’s or knock-offs. If you are supposed to follow the "latest edition” of Robert's, this is your book--Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), published in 2011. Each new edition brings changes to procedure. The latest has 120.

While Robert's Rules may not seem like a "let's cozy up with a book" kind of read, the book is a wonderful resource for anyone who has to spend
Ernest Ialongo
May 16, 2012 Ernest Ialongo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is hardly something you would choose to read for fun. However, if you have any role in any sort of meeting that uses Robert's Rules of Order, start with this and realize just how simple, and at times complicated, these meetings can be. But, you should read this first and foremost for empowerment. Once you've figured out the mechanics of parliamentary procedure, then you can move on to the fun stuff--making change.
Oct 29, 2015 Celise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding bedtime reading -- guaranteed to put you to sleep in short order. For people who believe that organizational bylaws are to be "followed" and aren't just general guidelines to be followed or not as the mood beckons.Got this when searching how to "fire" an officer of an organization. It has the "how to" answers.
Sep 26, 2009 Jaime rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, reference
Great as a reference for understanding parliamentary procedure and organizational structure (hence the three stars), but dreadfully dull when assigned as required reading (chloroform in paperback).
Feb 27, 2012 Kiessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I vote this the most boring book ever to be penned by man..............zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...........
I learned a lot of things I had been doing incorrectly in the past. Always go to the source!
Warren Sibley
Mar 03, 2008 Warren Sibley is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Hope I can finish this sandpaper to my eyelids...
Apr 20, 2009 E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Handy reference on running meetings

In conference rooms and assembly halls around the world, people often lead and participate in meetings according to the processes detailed in Robert’s Rules of Order. The people at most sessions, however, need only about 20% of the rules and guidelines in the original book. That’s why Henry M. Robert III, William J. Evans, Daniel H. Honemann and Thomas J. Balch abbreviated the encyclopedic master text into this handy, easier-to-use version, focusing on the mor
Jim Slaughter
Robert's Rules of Order: The Standard Guide to Parliamentary Procedure is a 1982 reprint of the 1893 Robert's Rules of Order with added illustrations. While it may be of historical interest, it's not the current Robert's Rules of Order.

Robert's is regularly updated, and there have been many editions since the 1893 version. Each new edition brings changes to procedure (the latest has 120, with both new practices and names of motions). If you're supposed to follow the "most recent edition" of Robe
Feb 17, 2015 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I spent many years working with County Legislatures. If you don't have a solid grasp of Robert's Rules of Order, you will be run roughshod over by those who do. Also essential for self-selecting groups who vote on what the group is going to do. Like many rulebooks, this can be used for ill or good purpose, so if you are involved in any official or unofficial political movement, or anything that involves a Board of Directors, you absolutely need to know Robert's Rules.
Lee Paris
Modern Summary is wrong, wrong, wrong.

The "plain and simple English" part of this book is poorly written and full of inaccuracies which will be obvious to the reader who goes on to read the text of the 1915 edition of ROR, which is included. Good thing the copyright on that edition recently expired, or the poor reader would have just enough inaccurate information to embarrass him at a meeting.
Pedro Cabiya
Jan 16, 2016 Pedro Cabiya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, reference
If you, like me, preside over a secret society, then you know how chaotic the meetings can be. Buy a gavel and this book, and say goodbye to all your problems. Everybody will have his or her say, issues will be discussed, decided upon and CLOSED, and in general everything will move so much more swiftly.
Rashelle Isip
The one, the only...THE book on parliamentary procedure. This is a must-have if you want to know how to run productive and successful meetings and gatherings. It may sound hard to believe, but I begged my dad to read this to me as a child. Yep, that's how much I love order...
Dec 09, 2015 Sylvester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, law
Robert's Rules of Orders is a guide to conduct meetings in a civilized manner, it contains all the basics that you need to know and it offers explanations for all the jargon. Well worth a read, this edition also features Will Eisner's drawings so his fans would enjoy this too.
Mar 17, 2016 Jef rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This version of Robert's Rules of Order will further deepen one's understanding of how the framework of western fraternalism is structured.
Sharon Vannan

Not what I hoped for, thought it would be an overview of more than just making a motion. Wouldn't recommend
Sep 30, 2015 SHARON WEAVER rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good reference point for easy-to-find items. It was purchased for my husband's use as commander of the local DAV.
I attended a conference a week ago. During it, some parliamentary procedures were reviewed. That kindled an interest in delving into Robert's Rules.

This book was okay. It is an abbreviated version and constantly states it is not to be used as an authority for meetings. It makes me wish I had purchased the unabridged version.

It was a quick read. Most of it will be familiar to anyone who has worked in a business environment. Even so, there is clarification to be found here. I do think this is a mu
Julie Brock
Jul 01, 2014 Julie Brock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
necessary, I suppose. thankful for the "in brief" bit. :)
I'm always "re-reading" this book for details!
Lisa (Harmonybites)
These are the rules of parliamentary procedure used everywhere from club meetings to the United States Senate. So if you're running a meeting--or want to make sure others are keeping to the rules--this is an essential reference to not just have on your shelves, but take with you--so a pocket-sized guide like mine helps. The one thing to be aware of in purchasing is that this book has gone through several revisions and editions, so you want to make sure you get the latest one.
Jan 26, 2014 Kisholi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. So dry. But essential. If you know what I mean.
Jan 06, 2015 Obsurdity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert's Rules of Order in Brief seems to be considered the same book as the full rules of Order... why...?
Ginger Anderson
Excellent resource for any ordinary society/organization to refer to for meeting procedure, duties of officers, rights and responsibilities of members, and the organization of the society itself.

Not a book great for just reading cover to cover, but a reference book.
Aug 14, 2009 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone conducting a business meeting or participating in business or governmental meeting as a member with voting rights or desiring to participate in discussion (debate) should at least scan this book to be apprised of his/her rights and the parlimentary procedure in general.
Desiree Finkbeiner
This book is what it is. Not the most exciting read, but definitely a book to skim for anyone who plans on joining committees and attending meetings where rules of order are used. I found it at a yardsale for a dime and snatched it up. A good one to have in a personal library.
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U.S. Army Colonel Henry Martyn Robert (1837–1923)

In 1863 when Robert was chosen to preside over a church meeting and, although he accepted the task, felt that he did not have the necessary knowledge of proper procedure.

In his later work as an active member of several organizations, Robert discovered that members from different areas of the country had very different views regarding what the prop
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