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Thank You for Arguing, Third Edition
What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion
Written by Jay Heinrichs

Thank You for Arguing, Third Edition .

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines - Speech; Language Arts & Disciplines - Communication Studies; Business & Economics - Negotiating
Imprint: Three Rivers Press
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: July 2017
Price: $17.00
Can. Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-8993-4 (0-8041-8993-5)
Pages: 480



 
The go-to text for English Language, writing, and journalism courses, Thank You for Arguing is your student’s master class in the art of persuasion. Jay Heinrichs not only teaches how to recognize a metonymy and a chiasmus, but also how to argue effectively without anger. The revised third edition includes extensive new material on persuasive essay writing, tropes, facing bullies, and arguing when people don’t believe the same facts. Plus an expanded  “Argument Lab” section to put your students’ new skills to the test. For exercises, online quizzes, and other teacher resources, visit the author’s website at www.arguelab.com.

“Heinrichs is a clever, passionate and erudite advocate for rhetoric, the 3,000- year- old art of persuasion, and his user- friendly primer brims with anecdotes, historical and popular- culture references, sidebars, tips and definitions.”
— Publishers Weekly
 
“Cross Cicero with David Letterman and you get Jay Heinrichs, whose new book is simultaneously an analysis of how to argue effectively and a hilarious commentary on the reasons we have lost the art so completely.”
— Joseph Ellis, author of American Sphinx and Founding Brothers
 
“A lot of people think of rhetoric as a dirty word, but a long time ago— think ancient Greece— it was perhaps the noblest of arts. Jay Heinrichs’s book is a timely, valuable, and entertaining contribution to its much- needed rehabilitation.”
— Ben Yagoda, author of About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made andThe Sound on the Page: Great Writers Talk About Style and Voice in Writing
 
“Knowing how to use the proper words is an art; knowing how to intersperse them with savvy pauses is a mystery. Words are treacherous: they either explain or conceal. And silence is all the more dangerous: speak too much and you’ve become redundant; speak too little and you’re ignored. But speak in just the right way and then be quiet and you’ll be revered and esteemed. Jay Heinrichs’s superb modern manual on rhetoric shows the extent to which we are what we say— and how. Ah, the mysteries of the tongue!”
— Ilan Stavans, author of Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion
 
“A rhetorical cocktail party where the guest list includes Cicero, Britney Spears, St. Augustine, and Queen Victoria. From MTV to Aristotle, Heinrichs entertains, enlightens, and even teaches us a little Greek, persuading us that the big battles and daily combats of work, love, and life can be won. If argument is the cradle of thought, Thank You for Arguing can make us all better thinkers. So listen up!”
— Sarah McGinty, author of Power Talk: Using Language to Build Authority and Influence
 
“Reading Thank You for Arguing is like having a lively talk with the author about the very backbone of real talk, the willingness of people to change each other’s—and their own— ideas through constructive argument. Writing with vividness and rigor, Jay Heinrichs maps this territory so you’ll always know where you are. You’ll scratch your head, grit your teeth, smack your forehead, and laugh out loud as he guides you through the landscape of differing with a difference.”
— Margaret Shepherd, author of The Art of Civilized Conversation: A Guide to Expressing Yourself with Grace and Style
 
“Who knew that a rhetorician could be a seducer, a swashbuckler, and a stand- up comic? In this inspiring and original study, Jay Heinrichs illuminates the ways in which we understand, enjoy, and infuriate each other, all the while instructing us on ways to make certain everyone will be on our side. Heinrichs’s prose is not only engaging, it’s hysterically funny. Aristotle would have loved him; so too John Adams, Daniel Webster, and Abraham Lincoln; E. B. White would have become his agent. Rhetoric doesn’t get any better than this.”
— Regina Barreca, editor of The Signet Book of American Humor



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
JAY HEINRICHS spent twenty-six years as a writer, editor, and magazine-publishing executive before becoming a full-time advocate for the lost art of rhetoric. He now lectures widely on the subject, to audiences ranging from Ivy League students to NASA scientists to Southwest Airlines executives, and runs the language blog figarospeech.com





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