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3.0030534351145 out of 53.0030534351145 out of 53.0030534351145 out of 53.0030534351145 out of 53.0030534351145 out of 5 3.00 (655 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay Heinrichs Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781452677651
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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 PloyEminem's Rules of DecorumThe Belushi ParadigmStalin's Timing SecretThe Yoda TechniqueWhether 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. Download and start listening now!

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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

Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Lowery | 12/18/2013

    " This book was a good read, with some good principles but the subject matter is questionable. Essentially it is teaching you how to win an argument no matter the cost. Manipulation is a tactic the author clearly isn't afraid to use. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 12/16/2013

    " This is a highly competent introduction to the ancient Greek and Roman art of rhetoric -- or, as the author is fond of saying -- verbal ju-jitsu. It's that kind of irritating cheerful trendiness that prevented me from giving the book 5 stars. The author is determined to make the book funny and cute. He tells many stories on himself where his attempts at...verbal ju-jitsu...backfire amusingly, usually because his wife sees right through his feeble attempts to manipulate her. All of that got tiresome pretty quickly, as well as the quotes from Homer Simpson and (even) Stalin. One gets the feeling that he's been unable to get anyone's attention over the years, and so he's used to trying way too hard. He's like one of those people you meet at a party who's a little too lively and who won't stop cracking one-liners. The act wears thin after a while. But still, all of rhetoric is spread out for you 'like a patient etherised upon a table'. If you want to learn it, this is a relatively painless way to do so. Like having an amateur Chris Rock teach you a foreign language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Abraham | 12/8/2013

    " I enjoyed the communications and human insights in the book enormously. However, I sometimes found the stories and illustrations too long and a little tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Cheap Reader | 11/28/2013

    " Interesting enough for a text book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elle | 11/26/2013

    " Real eye-opener. Not boring. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elan Shady | 11/12/2013

    " I like eminem &like homer simsons.. Both is my fav artist.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/28/2013

    " I am still reading this, but what a great book! The content is intriguing but never dry because the author is a riot. Great material for anyone who ever talks with other human beings, singly or as a group... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 10/16/2013

    " It was good to learn about how other people try to manipulate me, but I couldn't quite buy into the idea that manipulation or dishonesty is often virtuous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 10/15/2013

    " A little better than I thought it was going to be. But over all pretty boring and useless- I will never remember any of it... I am just so happy to be done with the work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 5/4/2013

    " Excellent overview of classical rhetoric with contemporary style and applications. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Curts | 4/2/2013

    " This book is hilarious introduction to rhetoric. It has really changed the way I think about how we come together to communicate! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/30/2013

    " Clever book about the art of rhetoric & persuasion. If you like good debate you'ff find this entertaining and informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 3/23/2013

    " Interesting concepts, but a bit difficult to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 1/3/2013

    " Ok, I'm not one for 'self-help' books but this is a great read and had great advice. I used a few tactics advised in the book on my kiddo and she now argues better than me! And might I add, the constant references to Cicero are awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milkman3367 | 1/2/2013

    " Timely, engaging and practical, this is the ultimate 'how-to' book on rhetoric. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Astro | 7/24/2012

    " The book gives a great overview of various rhetoric techniques and methods of persuasion. It is very well written, very entertaining. I liked it very much. I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in rhetoric or just in improving his communication skills. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 7/2/2012

    " very persuasive (haha). well written, very explanatory and accessible. though the side boxes are slightly irritating, the format works well for the topic. "

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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.

About the Narrator

David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, appearing on stages large and small throughout the country and in Seattle, Washington, his hometown. He has narrated over thirty audiobooks, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, fantasy, military, thrillers, and humor. He received an AudioFile Earphones Award for his first audiobook, Love ’Em or Lose ’Em: Getting Good People to Stay. When not narrating, he keeps busy writing plays and stories for children.