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The Modern Scholar: Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion | [Michael D. C. Drout]

The Modern Scholar: Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion

Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world.
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Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world.

The study of rhetoric not only leads to a greater understanding of how personages such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Winston Churchill elevated the power of speech to majestic heights, but also to a stronger proficiency in using rhetoric in anyone's day-to-day life.

Professor Drout examines the types of rhetoric and their effects, the structure of effective arguments, and how subtleties of language can be employed to engage in more successful rhetoric. Drout also ponders the role of rhetoric in our world and the age-old question of whether it is just a tool for convincing people of things that aren't true, or whether it is indeed a force for good that will ultimately lead to truth.

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©2006 Michael D.C. Drout; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Informative, entertaining, and useful. Absolutely worth listening to.

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    Jeff Strathroy, ON, Canada 10-26-10
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    "Fantastic"

    Who would think a subject like this could be so interesting and enjoyable. It is full and interesting from start to finish. The author/narrator is clear, cheerful and very interesting to listen to. I found it will help not only in writing but also speaking.
    Very highly recommended for anyone whether writing, in sales, public speaking or just plain communicating.

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    A. Yoshida Pasadena, CA USA 08-04-13
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    Professor Drout provides a foundation on writing and rhetoric in an amazing conversational format, as if he's talking to you directly and explaining things that you didn't understand in English 101. He explains terminologies well and provides plenty of examples to allow you to slowly absorb the concepts. I'm starting on volume 2, which is more technical. I don't remember all the information after the first listen through. I expect I will be listening to these audio books again.

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    Eric Wailuku, HI, United States 11-10-11
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    I am a trial lawyer so rhetoric is an essential skill that pervades my practice. Ironically, it is not something that is typically taught in law school. I found this audiobook enjoyable and immensely useful as it is applicable to almost everything I do as a lawyer. From the writing of briefs, oral presentations at hearings and trial, to the frequent conversations with adversaries on the phone Drout's insights have helped me be more effective. But the truth is that we are all engaged in rhetoric because we all communicate. As a result, Drout's insights and suggestions for clear and persuasive communication are applicable and useful for all. I highly recommend this audio book.

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    "GREAT APPITIZER"

    The topic needs a couple of semesters, not just 8 hours. Dr. Drout is terrific and has my utmost respect. But this is a elaborate sales presentation for his classes. And I truly wish I had the time to enroll.

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    Practical, entertaining and required listening for people who want to use words to change the world.

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    Drout is a great professor. He'd have to be to make that many allusions to The Simpsons in his lecture series. The series is more interesting than any english course I took in college.

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    This book is very informative and Great Read. I wished many times, that I heard/read this book during/before taking my degree. It is never late.

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    "WIsh I'd known then..."

    While listening to Dr. Drout's lectures I found myself wishing I'd taken his course in college or, even better, in high school. It would have made my writing assignments much less painful and probably much better.

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    "Just what the others said."

    I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. A book about rhetoric seemed a bit academic to me. Boy was I wrong. I tried it thanks to several of the reviews and the fact that I have taken several Modern Scholar books and liked them. Although he talks about a lot of theory, I believe it is so well grounded in reality that it was very usefull. The Author/Narrator sounds great and is enjoyable to listen too. Good book.

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    This is a great introduction to rhetoric! Interesting, easy-going and at times quite funny. Michael Drout was very easy to listen to and I will certainly listen to some of his other lectures.

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    There are any number of books out there which purport to transform the reader into into a master of persuasion. The joy of Prof Drout's book is his personal charm as a lecturer and the rigour of his approach which mixes medieval rhetorical theory, modern research into logic and communication alongside great examples from modern masters of the art like Martin Luther King. In addition to this his qualififcations in journalism offer additional insights into the various ways in which the written as well as the spoken word can be used to persuade. Invaluable to anyone who needs to communicate for a living but also a thoroughly pleasurable listen. Buy this book.

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