• Thank You for Arguing, Third Edition

  • What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion
  • By: Jay Heinrichs
  • Narrated by: Jay Heinrichs
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (430 ratings)

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By: Jay Heinrichs
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Publisher's Summary

A master class in the art of persuasion, as taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill, newly revised and updated.

The time-tested secrets taught in this book include Cicero's three-step strategy for moving an audience to action and Honest Abe's Shameless Trick for lowering an audience's expectations. And it's also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians' use of code language to appeal to specific groups and an eye-opening assortment of persuasive tricks, including the Eddie Haskell Ploy, the Belushi Paradigm, Stalin's Timing Secret, and the Yoda Technique.

Whether you're an inveterate lover of language books or just want to win a lot more anger-free arguments on the page, at the podium, or over a beer, Thank You for Arguing is for you. Warm, witty, erudite, and truly enlightening, it teaches you not only how to recognize a paralipsis when you hear it but also how to wield the weapons of persuasion the next time you really, really want to get your own way.

©2007, 2017 Jay Heinrichs (P)2018 Random House Audio

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I'm on my second "listening" of this one!

Super entertaining, practical & fun look at how to be more persuasive, likeable and less gullible. The author narrating is great! I wish everyone I know would read or listen to this one.

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Not well presented, not for young audiences

Because of the nature of the book, heading, sub headings, quotes, sidebars - the reading is stilted and disconnected. He isn't the best audio presenter either.
As far as content goes - I purchased this to listen with my school age children. More talk about sex than I wanted them to listen to. We stopped at the chapter where he begins describing how to persuade someone to have sex with you.
While I am sure there is much to glean from the book, the audio resource hasn't been the best.

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the middle was great, the begining and ending not

I feel like this book is another victim of the publisher dictating a minimum amount of words. The book was a struggle for me and had a lot of what I perceive to be filler content to make it longer. I really liked the middle to end (but not the last chapter) where the meat of the content was. Everything else I could only make it through on 2.5 to 3 x speed.

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Decent content, TERRIBLE narration.

The content of this book is informative and there are some good strategies to take away BUT the narration is TERRIBLE. The book as printed has a lot of side notes and comments, lots of section titles, subtitles, quotes, and the like; the author reads them like a long run-on sentence, adding them wherever they fall on the printed page, even if that interrupts the logical flow of a passage. It is hard to tell where one concept ends and another begins because the author doesn't signal that. Also, the way he narrates dialogue is annoying: "Mom: blah blah blah. Me: blah, blah, blah. Mom: blah, blah, blah. Me: blah, blah, blah". The content needs to be adapted a bit to be suitable for narration. For example, instead of narrating: "the sky is blue Aristotle" he should narrate: "Aristotle said: the sky is blue", or "A quote attributed to Aristotle says that the sky is blue". This doesn't alter the content of the book, just makes it more listening-friendly.
That said, the book has good information, I just recommend getting the printed version instead of the audio one.

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I had to read/listen to it for school

I needed to read it for AP Language and Composition. It was very informative and was a helpful tool early on in the class. Although if you were to buy the paper copy there are activities and tests in the back of the book.

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prepare yourself

I can't even begin to prepare you for the amount of shock and sadness, coupled with ethical dissonance, you'll feel reading this. everything was beautiful and complicated.

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story and audio

the book of pretty good, he goes off a bit which is annoying when u have to do this for a project.

the voice, however, was rlly annoying. i had to put it in 1.3/4 speed cause how slow he was going, and his voice kept changing later on in the chapters. he went all over the place when i came to reading the side notes. once i figured a pattern, the next section reading broke the pattern. as well as his voice is not to my taste. the audio was very disappointing

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Great book!

This was the first book that I've listened to on the topic of rhetoric. It was a great introduction with a lot of useful material and current examples. I learned a lot and it really piqued my interest.

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Great addition to the Tool Box!

Loved it! Great tool for any occasion. Pretty dense material, but overall this is a tool to use to build future success. This book, won't just just equip you with the tools, it will teache you to use them.

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Kapernick example by author needs revision

Kapernick stated his reason for kneeling was
“Police Brutality.”
Overall terminology and subject interesting and
Informative

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