Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama

Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama

by Sam Leith

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Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama by Sam Leith

An entertaining history of great oratory." — New Yorker

In Words Like Loaded Pistols, Sam Leith traces the art of persuasion, beginning in ancient Syracuse and taking us on detours as varied and fascinating as Elizabethan England, Milton's Satanic realm, the Springfield of Abraham Lincoln and the Springfield of Homer Simpson. He explains how language has been used by the great heroes of rhetoric (such as Cicero and Martin Luther King Jr.), as well as some villains (like Adolf Hitler and Richard Nixon.) Words Like Loaded Pistols is a primer to rhetoric's key techniques; you'll find out how to build your own memory-palace; you'll be introduced to the Three Musketeers: Ethos, Pathos and Logos; and you'll learn how to use chiasmus with confidence and occultation without thinking about it. Most importantly of all, you will discover that rhetoric is useful, relevant - and absolutely nothing to be afraid of.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465096190
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 119,567
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Sam Leith is the literary editor of the Spectator, and a columnist for Prospect, the Financial Times and the London Evening Standard, as well as a frequent contributor to the Times, Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement. He was a judge of the 2015 Man Booker Prize. He lives in London.

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