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Thank You for Arguing, Third Edition

What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion
Narrated by: Jay Heinrichs
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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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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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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wow well put together

wow this is a must read if u want speaker tips a + highly recommended

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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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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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meh

It won't load. Its really making me sad. But i did by the paper back so lucky me.

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Amazing read, simplifies a complex topic

Disagree with someone while making them relaxed, not angry! Iwould recommended this book to anyone with a job involving speaking with others. It talks about short term argument tools, speech tools and persuasive essay writing. Useful for students too.

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An invitation to argue

This book teaches rhetoric in a way that is effortlessly absorbed into the brian. To pass up this opportunity would be a sign of indifference to those you love and the world.

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grate tips long talk

truly a book that breaks down a perfect argument, just so much to take in

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BORING!

A required reading for AP Language Arts, required because no sane person would choose to read this book for fun. Boring and creepy at times, the author narrates which is equally as bad as the attempt to add story to boring research and writing material.

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