Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama

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Basic Books, May 1, 2012 - Political Science - 320 pages
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A hilariously entertaining exploration of how people have taught, practiced and thought about rhetoric—the art of persuasion—from Aristotle to Obama.

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User Review  - jtck121166 - LibraryThing

A timely, concise and elegant treatment of perhaps the most undeservedly neglected area of literary criticism of all: the vital interface of form and content, whereof meaning and, more importantly, effect are born. Read - and have the scales fall from your eyes. Read full review

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User Review  - rivkat - LibraryThing

Mostly entertaining for the examples it offers up, plus a catalog of terms at the end. There’s nothing but rhetoric in our speeches—high, low, or in-between—and that can be a good thing, as long as ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Sam Leith is a former literary editor of the Daily Telegraph, and contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, Prospect, Guardian, Evening Standard and Spectator. He is the author of a novel, The Coincidence Engine as well as two works of non-fiction. He lives in London.

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