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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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
RHETORIC THEN AND NOW
17
FIVE PARTS OF RHETORIC
43
Satan
73
ARRANGEMENT
81
Marcus Tullius Cicero
107
STYLE
119
Abraham Lincoln
137
DELIVERY
179
THREE BRANCHES OF ORATORY
191
Martin Luther King
207
JUDICIAL RHETORIC
219
Barack Obama
231
EPIDEICTIC RHETORIC
249
THUS IT CAN BE SHOWN
279
Figures by Theme
295

MEMORY
147
Hitler and Churchill
163

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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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