In A Way with Words: Writing, Rhetoric, and the Art of Persuasion, esteemed professor Michael D.C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world. Professor Drout examines the types of rhetoric and their effects, the structure of effective arguments, and how subtleties of language can be employed to engage in more successful rhetoric.
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by Michael Drout
by Michael Korda
"Drout, a professor of English at Wheaton College, offers a fast-paced, enjoyable look at the basics of effective communication, argumentation, and persuasion. Using examples drawn from popular culture and politics, this course is a solid introduction to the ways in which good communication succeeds and poor communication fails. The breadth of the subject--spanning rhetoric to logic to figurative language to grammar and punctuation--means that no single topic is discussed in depth. For that reason, this set of lectures will be most useful to listeners who are new to the subject. Drout's informality and energy hit just the right note. It's clear he's having good time, and that keeps things fun for listeners. M.G. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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