Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama

April 26, 2016|
Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama by Sam Leith
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An entertaining history of great oratory." --New Yorker
InWords 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 Pistolsis 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.
Sam Leithis the literary editor of theSpectator, and a columnist forProspect, theFinancial Timesand theLondon Evening Standard,as well as a frequent contributor to theTimes,Guardianand theTimes Literary Supplement.He was a judge of the 2015 Man Booker Prize. He lives in London.
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Title:Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:336 pages, 8.5 X 5.75 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:336 pages, 8.5 X 5.75 X 1 in
Published:April 26, 2016
Publisher:Basic Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:13
ISBN - 13:9780465096190

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