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, including:
Whether you're an inveterate lover of language books or just want to win a lot more anger-free arguments on the page, at the podium, or over a beer, Thank You for Arguing is for you. Written by one of today's most popular online language mavens, it's warm, witty, erudite, and truly enlightening. It not only teaches you how to recognize a paralipsis and a chiasmus when you hear them, but also how to wield such handy and persuasive weapons the next time you really, really want to get your own way.
©2011 Jay Heinrichs (P)2012 Tantor
"[Listeners] who want to terrify underlings into submission will learn from Heinrichs that speaking softly while letting your eyes betray cold fury does the trick handily." (Publishers Weekly)
The narrator is totally wrong and inappropriate for this book. He does not have the voice or persona of the author.
The concepts that Heinrichs is trying to convey are really interesting, but they are communicated in a very scattered and seemingly illogical fashion- maybe part of it is the distraction of the narrators off key persona.
Maybe if the author himself read it, everything would come together and the concepts would be evident and actionable.
The author or someone who's personality and voice persona were like the voice of the writing
The material was not presented as a dry lecture, but was peppered with fun anecdotes, interesting asides, self-deprecating humor, and witty comments.
A lot of good information about rhetoric and how to make a persuasive argument for what you want.
Fascinating topic - a look at rhetoric through modern day examples. I enjoyed the current cultural examples (i.e. Homer Simpson) to explain the rhetorical styling of Cicero.
This would have been a pretty dense book (there are a lot of examples and techniques to illustrate) had they not gotten a great reader. David Drummond is my favorite narrator to date, and he makes this material shine.
If you like this topic, check our Drout's "Way With Words." If you like the narrator, listen to "Talent is Overrated" (my favorite re-listened audible book ever)!
This is a great read ... if I had anything bad to say about "Thank you for Arguing," its that its a very BROAD topic, and this book skims along the surface without delving too deeply. I may have to buy the paper version to review it more slowly. This would make a GREAT introduction to rhetoric book in any college!
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