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Natalie Ross 2/7/11 Dr. Enders THTR 65 Thank You for Arguing book review For any individual who enjoys a casual debate, winning an argument, controlling a situation, or simply the art of rhetoric Jay Heinrich’s book, Thank You for Arguing , is an insightful text. In 25 short succinct chapters, Heinrichs broaches every necessary topic to teach one how to win an argument for any situation. The topics and situations, which range from emotional, logical, and ethical appeals intertwine, with examples from pop culture and his daily life. The book is an enjoyable read that entertains while effectively informing the reader. The book is not a “how to argue” book, but more a “how to win over someone without the anger component” book. Heinrichs teaches the reader how to argue effectively, and simultaneously teaches the reader to recognize when he or she is being persuaded. Heinrichs’ book explains in detail how to win an argument. He begins with the offensive side to tackling an argument. He gives reasons for the main necessary tactics used. He describes pathos, logos, ethos , and Cicero’s main points and also applies them to applicable situations such as how to get out of a ticket. Following the offensive side, he enlightens us with the defensive side which entails his explanation of how to understand when one is being argued with. It is important as a rhetorician to be able to notice fallacies, call out when someone is wrong, and be able to analyze what one should do from there. After covering the basic offense and defense methods, he expounds in more detail about advanced offense. In this section, he solely describes how to argue effectively. The final section addresses advanced agreement; Heinrichs tries to drive home all the important uses of effective rhetoric. Throughout the book, Heinrichs chooses various methods to address many topics and issues, switching between dialogue, anecdotes, and references to previous events and using the key lessons from many great predecessors including
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Natalie Ross 2/7/11 Dr. Enders THTR 65 Cicero, and Aristotle. The book delves into dozens of parts of speech, such as accismus , anadiplosis , and
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