Thank You for Arguing

Thank You for Arguing

What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion

Book - 2013 | Revised paperback edition
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For when you really have to get your point across…          
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 this 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 Yoda Technique, The Belushi Paradigm, and The Eddie Haskell Ploy.

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 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.

*Expanded and Revised: Including new chapters on leadership, Obama’s oratorical mastery, the pitfalls of apologies—and an “Argument Lab” section to put your new skills to the test.*

Baker & Taylor
Newly revised and updated, this introduction to the fine art of rhetoric explains how this important skill can profoundly influence one's success in one's personal and professional lives, revealing how the forces of persuasion are at work all around us and how they can be used for one's own benefit. Original.

& Taylor

An introduction to the art of rhetoric explains how persuasion can profoundly influence personal and professional successes and reveals an array of techniques employed by such personalities as Aristotle and Winston Churchill.

Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, [2013]
Edition: Revised paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780385347754
Branch Call Number: 303.342 HEINRICH
Characteristics: xvi, 408 pages ; 24 cm


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May 15, 2019

This book is great, it had exactly what I was looking for about debate, persuasion, and rhetoric along with helpful quotes and advice by Aristotle, Jesus, and lots of other historical characters. It unfortunately contained a lot of language and inapropriate-for-kids material. If you are an adult I would recommend this, but if you are a kid (like me) I don't think your mom would want you reading this.


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