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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    J. Hull Chapel Hill, NC 03-29-09
    J. Hull Chapel Hill, NC 03-29-09 Member Since 2016

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    "What you should know, but didn't learn"

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

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Wailuku, HI, United States 11-10-11
    Eric Wailuku, HI, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great material"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-26-10 Member Since 2016
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Jason Modesto, CA, United States 10-15-11
    J. Jason Modesto, CA, United States 10-15-11 Member Since 2011

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mijin Seoul, Korea (South) 09-19-11
    Mijin Seoul, Korea (South) 09-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Absolutely Loved it!"

    His lecture was just amazing! I loved it!
    He transformed somewhat boring subject into an interesting stuff. I loved his narration, his enthusiasm and his lecture.
    This book will definitely help you with words, writing and grammar.
    And it is not hard to understand at all, he warns you before he even mentions about any jargons and he explains really really well. He definitely has way with words!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Excellent"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan Haines City, FL, United States 12-25-10
    Brendan Haines City, FL, United States 12-25-10

    Not A Misanthrope, But The One Where Everybody Hates You

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    "Interesting and Accessible"

    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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    Sudha Broxburn, United Kingdom 12-19-10
    Sudha Broxburn, United Kingdom 12-19-10
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    "Informative!!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 08-20-10
    Robert Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 08-20-10 Member Since 2013
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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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    "Best book I ever listened to"

    I am currently a Law student & this book is proving to be priceless to me. I am actively recommending it to all my friends. It has helped explain a lot of the stuffs I found confusing in Law School & broken it down to very basic terms.

    It isn't just for Lawyers I must add. It is for everyone & anyone. Your words are your must valuable asset in the modern world & this book helps you improve on it immensely.

    It is a must listen. & no I am not been paid to write this. I have only gotten to Chapter 8 & I am sooooo happy I bought it with my credit.

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  • Anne
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    "Way with words"

    Fascinating listening.

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    "Very helpful"

    Great reader, has a really nice voice to listen to. This book is very helpful, I find myself listening to this time and time again

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  • Heather
    Forneth, Perthshire
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    "Nice intro to rhetoric from an enthusiast"

    The speed of the intro rattles along, but the lecturer's enthusiasm keeps your attention and it's good fun.

    Highly recommended, but the speed means that you'll need to follow up with a little reading online or hard copy to fix the ideas.

    Drout has a strong US accent, but his love for the English language and Anglo Saxon makes his lectures delightful listening. Feed your brain!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
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    "Great introduction to rhetoric"

    Because I'm usually more interested in the subject of history, I was at first hesitant about buying this book. When I saw this was by professor Drout, however, I decided to give it a try. I'd listened to his course on the anglo-saxons before, so I figured this might be good. I wasn't disappointed!

    Professor Drout has an excellent way of teaching. He tells amusing stories, references geek culture, and his way of speaking clearly shows his enthausiasm for the subject. Teachers often try to be too funny and forget to actually teach you anything, or try to be too serious and fail to convey any enthausiasm. Drout manages to walk that fine line where the humour actually helps the learning process. Because you have to admit, it's easier to remember how a syllogism works (or rather, how it doesn't work) if you have a scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail as an example.

    As for the subject matter, it turned out to be very interesting indeed. Drout clearly sets out all the important parts of rhetoric, discussing each part in turn. He gives everything the attention it deserves, without losing sight of the big picture. And while I wish there'd been more time for the professor to explain some more logical fallacies and figures of speech, it is only an 8-hour course, and there's only so much you can cram into that amount of time. That said, if Drout were to make a course on either of those subjects, I'll definitely be buying it.

    Now excuse me while I go listen to the whole thing again for the third time in a row.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
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    1/7/12
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    "Genius"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    Donegal Town, Ireland
    7/12/12
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    "Not great"

    While some aspects were useful, the fact that the author appeared more concerned with telling us how really wonderful he is, spoiled what might have been a much better book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nic
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    "Has value."

    This course defiantly has value. But don't get me wrong. It might have value as far as buying the audio book. But not value summing too the cost of tuition for this.
    Listen or read it. Don't do a course in it.
    Do a course in something you can get a job in, if you are going to pay that kind of coin for education.

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  • Odwa
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    1/25/16
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    "Great lecturer; great orator."

    Retoric demystified. I am persuaded. Prof Drout is the reason that I enjoy audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justine
    7/15/15
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    "Completely Engaging"
    Would you listen to Way with Words again? Why?

    I downloaded this book when I wanted to up my game and become more adept at speaking to larger audiences of senior managers. In retrospect I should probably have been looking in the 'management' or 'leadership' section, but I am glad that this was my first download on communication. These lectures are unlike anything I have found in those topic sections, nothing really compares. This series of lectures is completely engaging, there was not one moment where I got bored, tuned out or turned off. I have listened to this series twice more since and each time I find myself completely enthralled.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am not going to give it away, you can listen for yourself, but you will find that Michael is an amazing story teller. He manages to convey passion for he subjects he lectures in, and he maintains that passion from start to finish. If it were a fiction novel it would be a real page turner one of those books that keeps you guessing, the fact it is of an educational nature makes it a treasure!


    Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Michaels style is brilliant, I have listened to the whole the 'A Way With Words' series and my favourite is part three 'Grammar'.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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