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Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us about the Art of Persuasion

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Publisher Comments:

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 Ciceros three-step strategy for moving an audience to actionÑas well as Honest Abes Shameless Trick of lowering an audiences expectations by pretending to be unpolished. But its 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

Eminems Rules of Decorum

The Belushi Paradigm

Stalins Timing Secret

The Yoda Technique

Whether youre 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 todays most popular online language mavens, its 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.

Review:

"Magazine executive Heinrichs is a clever, passionate and erudite advocate for rhetoric, the 3,000-year-old art of persuasion, and his user-friendly primer brims with anecdotes, historical and popular-culture references, sidebars, tips and definitions. Heinrichs describes, in 'Control the Tense,' Aristotle's favorite type of rhetoric, the deliberative, pragmatic argument that, rather than bogging down on past offenses, promises a future payoff, e.g., a victim of office backstabbing can refocus the issues on future choices: 'How is blaming me going to help us get the next contract?' To illustrate 'Control the mood,' Heinrichs relates Daniel Webster's successful rhetorical flourish in a murder case: he narrated the horrific murder by following Cicero's dictum that when one argue emotionally, one should speak simply and show great self-control. Readers 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. Thomas Jefferson illustrates Heinrichs's dictum 'Gain the high ground'; keenly aware of an audience's common beliefs and values, Jefferson used a rhetorical commonplace (all people are created equal) to launch the Declaration of Independence. (Feb. 27) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The principles of rhetoric are as vital as ever, as discussed in this book that shows what Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson reveal about the art of persuasion.

About the Author

JAY HEINRICHS has spent more than 25 years in publishing as a magazine writer, editor, and executive.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307341440
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Subject:
Speech
Author:
Heinrichs, Jay
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Persuasion (rhetoric)
Subject:
Debates and debating
Subject:
Reference-Rhetoric
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25x6.20x.74 in. .77 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Magazine executive Heinrichs is a clever, passionate and erudite advocate for rhetoric, the 3,000-year-old art of persuasion, and his user-friendly primer brims with anecdotes, historical and popular-culture references, sidebars, tips and definitions. Heinrichs describes, in 'Control the Tense,' Aristotle's favorite type of rhetoric, the deliberative, pragmatic argument that, rather than bogging down on past offenses, promises a future payoff, e.g., a victim of office backstabbing can refocus the issues on future choices: 'How is blaming me going to help us get the next contract?' To illustrate 'Control the mood,' Heinrichs relates Daniel Webster's successful rhetorical flourish in a murder case: he narrated the horrific murder by following Cicero's dictum that when one argue emotionally, one should speak simply and show great self-control. Readers 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. Thomas Jefferson illustrates Heinrichs's dictum 'Gain the high ground'; keenly aware of an audience's common beliefs and values, Jefferson used a rhetorical commonplace (all people are created equal) to launch the Declaration of Independence. (Feb. 27) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The principles of rhetoric are as vital as ever, as discussed in this book that shows what Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson reveal about the art of persuasion.
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