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  • Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, And Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jay Heinrichs
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. The time-tested secrets the book discloses include Cicero's three-step strategy for moving an audience to action as well as Honest Abe's shameless trick of lowering an audience's expectations by pretending to be unpolished. But it's also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians' use of “code” language to appeal to specific groups and an eye-opening assortment of popular-culture dodges.

    Julie Longpre says: "I love the concepts that are being discussed"
    "Enjoyed this and learned some things"
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    What did you love best about Thank You for Arguing?

    The material was not presented as a dry lecture, but was peppered with fun anecdotes, interesting asides, self-deprecating humor, and witty comments.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of good information about rhetoric and how to make a persuasive argument for what you want.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (1809)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (719)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "Great ideas, mixed presentation"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am glad I listened to this book because it was cited by a couple other authors whose work I enjoyed (Apparently this book is somewhat influential). But while the central ideas and themes were very interesting, the presentation frequently was not. The author does not have Malcolm Gladwell's gift for writing, and sometimes comes across as trying too hard to be like him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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