RT @6minutes Book Review: Thank You For Arguing (Jay Heinrichs)

Jay Heinrichs’ Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us about the Art of Persuasion is one of my favourite books. You know how we walk around thinking that rhetoric is evil and arguments are to be avoided? He shows how knowing about persuasive techniques – and using them well – can make life better, and how kids who know how to argue correctly are adorable. Well, he doesn’t explicitly make that last point, but it’s entertaining seeing him .

RT @6minutes Book Review: Thank You For Arguing (Jay Heinrichs)

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing (Jay Heinrichs)

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing (Jay Heinrichs)

Fascinating topic - a look at rhetoric through modern day examples. I enjoyed the current cultural examples (i.e. Homer Simpson) to explain the rhetorical styling of Cicero.

This would have been a pretty dense book (there are a lot of examples and techniques to illustrate) had they not gotten a great reader. David Drummond is my favorite narrator to date, and he makes this material shine.

If you like this topic, check our Drout's "Way With Words." If you like the narrator, listen to "Talent is Overrated" (my favorite re-listened audible book ever)!

This is a great read ... if I had anything bad to say about "Thank you for Arguing," its that its a very BROAD topic, and this book skims along the surface without delving too deeply. I may have to buy the paper version to review it more slowly. This would make a GREAT introduction to rhetoric book in any college!

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing by Andrew Dlugan (@6minutes)

Thank You For Arguing covers the core rhetorical teachings of Aristotle and Cicero, but Heinrichs does it entirely using modern examples, drawing on political, marketing, workplace, and cultural references, as well as his own family arguments. One paragraph discusses Socrates; the next discusses Sherlock Holmes. The balance between formal lessons and practical examples makes the book highly valuable and applicable to everyday speaking.

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing by Andrew Dlugan (@6minutes)
From avoiding a speeding ticket to recognising the difference between an argument and a fight, from Stalin's timing secret (and if it worked for the mass-murdering dictator it can work for you) to the Belushi paradigm, via the tactics of Monty Python, Yoda and Queen Victoria, THANK YOU FOR ARGUING is not just a highly enjoyable read, but an incredibly useful one too. From Cicero's secrets for moving an audience to Honest Abe's Shameless Trick, learn how to argue and most importantly how to win.Thank You For Arguing covers the core rhetorical teachings of Aristotle and Cicero, but Heinrichs does it entirely using modern examples, drawing on political, marketing, workplace, and cultural references, as well as his own family arguments. One paragraph discusses Socrates; the next discusses Sherlock Holmes. The balance between formal lessons and practical examples makes the book highly valuable and applicable to everyday speaking.Thank You For Arguing covers the core rhetorical teachings of Aristotle and Cicero, but Heinrichs does it entirely using modern examples, drawing on political, marketing, workplace, and cultural references, as well as his own family arguments. One paragraph discusses Socrates; the next discusses Sherlock Holmes. The balance between formal lessons and practical examples makes the book highly valuable and applicable to everyday speaking. JAY HEINRICHS is the author of Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion. A magazine executive consultant, he frequently lectures on rhetoric to high school and college classes
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RT @6minutes Book Review: Thank You For Arguing (Jay Heinrichs)

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing (Jay Heinrichs)

Heinrichs, Jay. Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion. : Three Rivers Press, 2007. 1-133.

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing by Andrew Dlugan (@6minutes)

Book Review: Thank You For Arguing by Andrew Dlugan (@6minutes)

Heinrichs, Jay. Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us about the Art of Persuasion. New York: Three Rivers Press.