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

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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...

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Overview

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.

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"[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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452607658
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/4/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Sales rank: 1,165,009
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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David Drummond has been narrating audiobooks for a few years now and hopes one of these days to get it right. He much prefers dead authors and live audiences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    Removes the mystery from rhetoric

    I recommend this book if you don't know anything about rhetoric but you need to learn to be convincing. General business users will enjoy the readable and lively style. Great read for an airplane trip. Full of tips and tricks to get you off the ground, and remove the mystery, from the art of rhetoric.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    Excellent guide on argumentation for todays world

    Don't go into this book expecting A Treatise on Argumentation, or a Idiots guide to Rhetoric, but something somwhere in the middle and you will be pleased that you took to the time to read this book. The Pop-references fit in nicely with the latin roots that are usually hidden off ot the site. With the help of stories, humor, and common conversations, the text was well-rounded and fun to read. There is just something nice about reading a book that entertains you while it makes you a little smarter.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    One great book

    This is a difinate must have for any and all debaters or those looking for a new way to argue and win. It is a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

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    Very useful book

    I use this book as the text for my Art of Persuasion and Advanced Art of Persuasion classes taught in corporate environments. I've ordered well over 1000 copies with the vast majority of students responding very positively. The author's character does indeed infuse the book with personal family stories and he has a liberal bent that is quite clear. However his explanation and exposition of rhetoric and the persuasive arts easily outweigh the few moments of eye-brow raising as he invites us into the family. People who have not responded to this book have tended to be more conservative types who raise their eyebrows when they see words like "sex" and "seduction" in a business book. Big deal.

    If you're interested in making a better impression at the workplace while at the same time learning how to protect your children from the influences of advertising, buy this book. I also tried using the Art of WOO in my classes and it was a dud. I returned to Thank you for arguing as my text.

    A last bit of rare praise: a half dozen or so of my students have given this book to their teenagers to read...and they've actually read it. My wife and daughter have both read it - and our arguments have greatly improved!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2008

    You're smarter than your family

    400 pages of learning how to outwit your wife and daughter. This author really, REALLY thinks he's smart.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Mwahaha ;)

    Now I can manipulate everyone! Thanks for sharing your powers of persuasion.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    Fine introduction to rhetoric

    Good for a basic overview of the subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2010

    Ebook

    Beware ebook versions since these only work with nook apparently. Ipod users, you need wifi to sign into nook. So if you don't have wifi access this might just be useless. Apple's iBook's will say faulty, and it wont be readable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Great Book!

    I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    great read

    read it 4 times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2007

    A reviewer

    . . . but not with Deborah Kerr 'p.23 of the paperback'. Ooops! That was Donna Reed starring opposite Jimmy Stewart in the Frank Capra classic. But I'm sure others have already pointed this out. No argument---just the facts. Other than that, a good read so far.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2007

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

    People: Don't blow your money on this waste of paper. Nothing about the author's background qualifies him as an arguing expert. If anything, with all the lawsuits in his past, he's a very poor arguer.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

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

    I thought this book would teach you how to argue, but it was a social history of rhetoric, using gigantic ten-dollar words. I thought maybe the writer was really smart, but then I went to thankyouforarguing.com and realize that he's just an arrogant person who thinks this is the most important book ever, and he loves the way he looks because ... well, check it out for yourself. The site is awesome from a design standpoint. But Heinrich is way too arrogant for my taste.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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