Way with Words

  • by Professor Michael D. C. Drout
  • Narrated by Professor Michael D. C. Drout
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

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.The study of rhetoric not only leads to a greater understanding of how personages such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Winston Churchill elevated the power of speech to majestic heights, but also to a stronger proficiency in using rhetoric in anyone's day-to-day life.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. Drout also ponders the role of rhetoric in our world and the age-old question of whether it is just a tool for convincing people of things that aren't true, or whether it is indeed a force for good that will ultimately lead to truth.

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Best book I ever listened to

I am currently a Law student & this book is proving to be priceless to me. I am actively recommending it to all my friends. It has helped explain a lot of the stuffs I found confusing in Law School & broken it down to very basic terms.

It isn't just for Lawyers I must add. It is for everyone & anyone. Your words are your must valuable asset in the modern world & this book helps you improve on it immensely.

It is a must listen. & no I am not been paid to write this. I have only gotten to Chapter 8 & I am sooooo happy I bought it with my credit.
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- Christian

Nice intro to rhetoric from an enthusiast

The speed of the intro rattles along, but the lecturer's enthusiasm keeps your attention and it's good fun.

Highly recommended, but the speed means that you'll need to follow up with a little reading online or hard copy to fix the ideas.

Drout has a strong US accent, but his love for the English language and Anglo Saxon makes his lectures delightful listening. Feed your brain!
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- Heather

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-08-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books