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.
©2006 Michael D.C. Drout; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
I downloaded this book last minute just to entertain me on a plane trip. However, I found myself getting into what he was saying, and now I'm downloading part three. Well spoken and put together.
Professor Drout has to be one of the most gifted lecturers I have come accross in the Modern Scholar series, he makes the boring subjects (grammar) interesting, funny and lively.
Use your money to buy something else. Completely useless book. Highfalutin language. Total loss. The author comes across as a bigot.
This book had absolutely nothing to say. It is waste of money and time. Think twice before trusting any of the positive reviews.
After reading the reviews on this book, I must admit that, obviously, I am the problem because nobody else brought this up in their reviews. So what is the problem? He talks too fast. Don't get me wrong, he is enthusiastic and knowledgeable in his reading, But there were large sections that I didn't hear clearly enough. This causes me to have to work at understanding his words and thus it is no fun to listen to. For me, it was like a chore and the reading of the book became aggravating. This may be a regional thing (?) as I am from Texas with a little bit of a drawl. I am aware that many audiobooks are read fast. The portion to listen to before you buy was not read as fast as the other parts of the book. For that reason, I believe the example review was misleading. I was very disappointed because I need help to put into words questions that are asked during a job interview. I am all over the place with my answers and want to make my response short and sweet.
Boring. Used poor rhetoric to get his point across. In fact, I literally fell asleep listening to it. It's like being in some pompous professors 7 hour lecture. He cares more about his tenure than his students remembering what he has to say. I couldn't remember that word he just "taught" me that "means" that... He uses useless and unknown vocabulary. Don't expect to be able to talk to people about rhetoric in this prof's terms without getting a blank look with sleepy eyes as a response. In fact, now that I'm thinking about it this guy and most profs need to listen to Made to Stick: Why some Ideas Survive and Others Die. (I) Actually learned more about "rhetoric" there. No wonder I was so happy to be done with college; I have a renewed appreciation for not spending time and money being lectured with poor rhetoric. The day people stop caring about "degrees" and other B.S. paper is a day to rejoice. Listen to well edited books/productions on Audible. I want my money back for this one...
this book spoke way way way over the average persons head. unless you can maintain a 3.5 or better gpa at harvard your not going to understand it
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