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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.

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

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  • Jose
  • TORONTO, ON, Canada
  • 11-19-11

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

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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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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  • Brian
  • Fraser, MI, USA
  • 05-12-10

Interesting.

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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Fancy words 0 content

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



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  • anmj
  • GILBERT, AZ, United States
  • 10-11-11

Skip this one

Use your money to buy something else. Completely useless book. Highfalutin language. Total loss. The author comes across as a bigot.

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Waste of money

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This book had absolutely nothing to say. It is waste of money and time. Think twice before trusting any of the positive reviews.

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  • Cynthia
  • Dallas, Oklahoma City
  • 07-02-11

Difficult to understand

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.

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