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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (654 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay Heinrichs Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Viane Eichelberger | 2/19/2014

    " Reading this one aloud to my son. It really teaches you how to influence people. Have used it successfully at work (sshhhh) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ashley | 1/10/2014

    " Considering this is a book about persuasion, it was fairly entertaining with lots of good and relatable examples. However, I spent half of it being mad at the author for subtly hinting at his opinions on certain things (which I happened to disagree with). I'm probably not being fair, because there were plenty of times when I did agree with what he said, and it was pretty obvious that he was trying to be impartial. But either way, I found it difficult to enjoy a book on a topic I don't particularly care for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Breanna Ford | 1/5/2014

    " A fun look at rhetoric and the lighter side of logic. Easy to read with many cute stories throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Darcey | 12/20/2013

    " A great book for rhetoric; the appendices are wonderful resources in and of themselves. "

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About the Author

Jay Heinrichs spent twenty-six years working as a writer, editor, and publishing executive before heading to the North Woods and devoting most of his time to rhetoric. He currently gives frequent workshops to corporations, colleges, schools, and organizations.