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)
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!
Don't have time for reading, but audio books let me multi-task. I like that.
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.
The kinda goofy sense of humor by the author as well as the persuasion alerts he stops to explain to you throughout the book.
Nope, but I will. He's a very good narrator.
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.
If you want to talk to people, this book will help you do it better and help you understand others also.
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.
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
I was looking for a book on persuasion, but this one was only about rhetoric. I found myself disenchanted with the author's "correct rhetorical response" to a variety of arguments. I did learn some useful information abut how the tense (past, present or future) influences argument, but overall I found the book very dry and boring, perhaps especially in audio format where you can't easily skip the mind numbing chapter summaries. It gets two stars because I did make it to the end and there was some useful information.
The author uses rhetoric to manipulate you into thinking he's clever for writing a book which uses rhetoric that makes him sound clever.
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