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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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    "LOVED IT!"

    I gained so much from this lecture series.
    I intend to listen to it again and make better notes as the first time I was so carried away listening to the content that I just let myself enjoy it.
    The lecturer is interesting and his joy at sharing knowledge on the subject shines through.
    Its a brilliant series of lectures that has deepened my knowledge and respect for the Rhetoric and skilled Rhetoricians.
    And I learned lots of other things, like the origin of the word 'daughter' (I have 3 water fetchers) and what parts of grammar really matter, versus the false rules enforced by irritating people!
    And I feel confident starting sentences with 'AND'!

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    The second book I bought from this lecturer and again I'm very satisfied. Enthusiastic and insighful. Very nice to listen to.

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    "From boring to interesting"

    Initially I felt listening to it boring and too high level, but when I reached half way, I felt it interesting and fun.

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    Jose TORONTO, ON, Canada 11-19-11
    Jose TORONTO, ON, Canada 11-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining but not educational"

    It was an entertaining audiobook - the type of dialogue you would like over dinner and wine -but not educational for me though - which is why I intended in getting this audiobook

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    "Absolutely Fantastic!"

    Just fantastic!
    I loved the way Prof. Michael read it. It was really a joyful and knowledge expanding listen.
    I'm using it now as a reference, I bookmarked the parts that I listen to repeatedly :)

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    Justin New Kensington, PA, United States 06-11-11
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    "Necessary basics"

    I only know scattered pieces of rhetoric, which is why I got the book and it seems to me that this is a good intro to rhetoric. It seems that it would have to be since the topic is so huge. I had hoped that this would get into frame control a little bit, which is, I suppose, a bit more advanced. Tactics such as ignoring questions, and reframing arguments. But on the whole, enjoyable and a good investment.

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    Alyssa 02-28-11
    Alyssa 02-28-11 Member Since 2009

    I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.

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    "Drout is a hero"

    I remember my grammar school rhetoric lessons. Every few years the state curriculum would require the students to give a speech. So the English teacher would hand out the same list of accepted ways to start a speech and explain how you shouldn't wave your hands while speaking then give you a time limit. Then you'd have to speak for however many minutes in front of the class and then she (it was always a she in the schools I went to) would have the students count how many times you said "umm..." or moved your hands and in less than a month it would all be over for the next four or five years. This is teaching by mechanics; if such a pathetic and inadequate series of non-explanations can be dubbed such.

    Drout does what he always does and explains the reasons for the mechanics and that old list of 6 accepted speech openings as well as providing history and analysis of actual speeches. It is wonderfully refreshing and enlightening. If more teachers bothered to teach rhetoric this way the political sphere might be a very different place.

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    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.

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    "Great lecture"

    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.

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    Michael D. C. Drout is a lonely English teacher that loves hearing himself talk but clearly has nothing to say ....



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