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Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, And Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion | [Jay Heinrichs]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • The Eddie Haskell Ploy
  • Eminem's Rules of Decorum
  • The Belushi Paradigm
  • Stalin's Timing Secret
  • The Yoda Technique

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

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Julie Longpre seattle, wa United States 01-27-13
    Julie Longpre seattle, wa United States 01-27-13
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    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jay Heinrichs? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Drummond?

    The author or someone who's personality and voice persona were like the voice of the writing


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Ormond Beach, FL, United States 06-27-12
    Timothy Ormond Beach, FL, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2004
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    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    arthur m ball ATLANTA, GA, US 10-13-14
    arthur m ball ATLANTA, GA, US 10-13-14 Member Since 2012

    Don't have time for reading, but audio books let me multi-task. I like that.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book that really teaches communication techniques and understanding very well. It uses real life situations and personal experiences from the author to illustrate what he is teaching.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The kinda goofy sense of humor by the author as well as the persuasion alerts he stops to explain to you throughout the book.


    Have you listened to any of David Drummond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope, but I will. He's a very good narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    OH GOD NO! It's long and you can't retain all the info in one shot. I listened to it over months and I'll most likely listen again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to talk to people, this book will help you do it better and help you understand others also.

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    M. R. Harrah 03-31-13 Member Since 2010
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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.

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