Eloquence in an Electronic Age: The Transformation of Political Speechmaking / Edition 1

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Overview

In a book that blends anecdote with analysis, Kathleen Hall Jamieson—author of the award-winning Packaging the Presidency—offers a perceptive and often disturbing account of the transformation of political speechmaking.

Jamieson addresses such fundamental issues about public speaking as what talents and techniques differentiate eloquent speakers from non-eloquent speakers. She also analyzes the speeches of modern presidents from Truman to Reagan and of political players from Daniel Webster to Mario Cuomo. Ranging from the classical orations of Cicero to Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, this lively, well-documented volume contains a wealth of insight into public speaking, contemporary characteristics of eloquence, and the future of political discourse in America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195063172
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1990
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,196,333
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is Professor of Communication and Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of several books, including Presidential Debates.

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Table of Contents

1. Educating the Eloquent Speaker 3
2. Incapacitating the Eloquent Speaker 31
3. The Flame of Oratory, The Fireside Chat 43
4. The "Effeminate" Style 67
5. The Memorable Phrase, The Memorable Picture 90
6. Dramatizing and Storytelling 118
7. Conversation and Self-Revelation 165
8. The Divorce Between Speech and Thought 201
9. Mating the Best of the Old and the New 238
Notes 257
Bibliography 269
Index 293
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