A lively and accessible guide to understanding rhetoric by the world-class English and law professor and best-selling author of How to Write a Sentence.
Filled with the wit and observational prowess that shaped Stanley Fish's acclaimed best seller, How to Write a Sentence, Winning Arguments guides listeners through the "greatest hits" of rhetoric. In this clever and engaging guide, Fish offers insight and outlines the crucial keys you need to win any debate, anywhere, anytime - drawn from landmark legal cases, politics, his own career, and even popular film and television.
A celebration of clashing minds and viewpoints, Winning Arguments is sure to become a classic.
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Too much academia
Not what I was expecting...
I was hoping that this would be a book about a practical system of argumentation (i.e., a practical book on how to win arguments). That is, I was expecting a book that distilled classical and modern argumentation theory into a simplified practical system for the layman on how to win arguments.
This was not such a work, in my opinion. This books seems to be comprised of some disparate tips scattered throughout. Personally, I did not find the tips helpful, and I found them to be few in number.To give an example - regarding one of the chapters - there are a few useful tips for someone who has little or no background in constructive communication, these tips can be found for free on the Internet in any interpersonal communication self-help site (e.g., using "I" statements" to own your feelings, or saying something to the effect of "that makes sense" to allow the person to feel understood and reduce defensiveness).
The author's credentials are fantastic, and I'm sure he has the potential to create a work that is a practical and simplified system of argumentation for the layman, if he has the inclination. I hope that he does, as I would purchase it. This book was not for me, though.
I liked the narrator, and will check out some audiobooks he has done.
- Arthur Pendragon