Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama

Overview: "An entertaining history of great oratory" and a primer to rhetoric's key techniques (The New Yorker). In Words Like Loaded Pistols, Sam Leith traces the art of persuasion, beginning in ancient Syracuse and taking us up to the Twitterverse.

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Book Description: 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.

Book Details

  • Title: Words Like Loaded Pistols
  • Subtitle: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama
  • Authors: Sam Leith
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Published Date: 2016-04-26
  • Category: Communication, Political Science
  • Ratings Count: 3
  • Average rating: 4

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