Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. The time-tested secrets the book discloses include Cicero's three-step strategy for moving an audience to action as well as Honest Abe's shameless trick of lowering an audience's expectations by pretending to be unpolished. But 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 popular-culture dodges, including:
The Eddie Haskell Ploy
Eminem's Rules of Decorum
The Belushi Paradigm
Stalin's Timing Secret
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. Written by one of today's most popular online language mavens, it's warm, witty, erudite, and truly enlightening. It not only teaches you how to recognize a paralipsis and a chiasmus when you hear them, but also how to wield such handy and persuasive weapons the next time you really, really want to get your own way.
"[Listeners] who want to terrify underlings into submission will learn from Heinrichs that speaking softly while letting your eyes betray cold fury does the trick handily." (Publishers Weekly)
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Interesting topic and super narrator
Fascinating topic - a look at rhetoric through modern day examples. I enjoyed the current cultural examples (i.e. Homer Simpson) to explain the rhetorical styling of Cicero.
This would have been a pretty dense book (there are a lot of examples and techniques to illustrate) had they not gotten a great reader. David Drummond is my favorite narrator to date, and he makes this material shine.
If you like this topic, check our Drout's "Way With Words." If you like the narrator, listen to "Talent is Overrated" (my favorite re-listened audible book ever)!
This is a great read ... if I had anything bad to say about "Thank you for Arguing," its that its a very BROAD topic, and this book skims along the surface without delving too deeply. I may have to buy the paper version to review it more slowly. This would make a GREAT introduction to rhetoric book in any college!
- R Oskoui