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  1. 6.0 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    A lively and accessible guide to understanding rhetoric by the world class English and Law professor and bestselling author of How to Write a Sentence Filled with the wit and observational prowess that shaped Stanley Fish’s acclaimed bestseller How to Write a Sentence, Winning Arguments guides listeners through the “greatest hits” of rhetoric. In this clever and engaging guide, Fish offers insight and outlines the crucial keys you need to win any debate, anywhere, anytime—drawn from landmark legal cases, politics, his own career, and even popular film and television. A celebration of clashing minds and viewpoints, Winning Arguments is sure to become a classic.

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    Winning Arguments by Stanley Fish

    Winning Arguments

    6.0 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 7.3 hrs • 10/1/2014 • Unabridged

    A presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton explores the hidden power of analogy to fuel thought, connect ideas, spark innovation, and shape outcomes From the meatpacking plants that inspired Henry Ford’s first moving assembly line to the “domino theory” that led America into Vietnam to the “bicycle for the mind” that Steve Jobs envisioned as the Macintosh computer, analogies have played a dynamic role in shaping the world around us—and still do today. Analogies are far more complex than their SAT stereotype and lie at the very core of human cognition and creativity. Once we become aware of this, we start seeing them everywhere—in ads, apps, political debates, legal arguments, logos, and euphemisms, to name just a few. At their very best, analogies inspire new ways of thinking, enable invention, and motivate people to action. Unfortunately, not every analogy that rings true is true. That’s why, at their worst, analogies can deceive, manipulate, or mislead us into disaster. The challenge? Spotting the difference before it’s too late. Rich with engaging stories, surprising examples, and a practical method to evaluate the truth or effectiveness of any analogy, Shortcut will improve critical thinking, enhance creativity, and offer readers a fresh approach to resolving some of today’s most intractable challenges.

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    Shortcut

    7.3 hrs • 10/1/14 • Unabridged
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  3. 0.9 hrs • 1/15/2013

    Knowing how to lead difficult people in crucial conversations to improved relationships is an essential skill. In this audio program, you will learn proven tactics and strategies to assist you in anticipating problem people, stopping tensions from boiling over, retaining the upper hand in a conflict, stopping power plays, and helping those with communication issues to avoid communication breakdowns. During this program learnhow to instantly read people and situations;how to handle difficult people and their emotional storms;how to build your power when someone pulls a power play;how to prepare for a conflict and steer a conversation;how to overcome barriers with people who are resistant to change;the five best ways to handle conflict when it happens. These strategies will make a difference in every area of your life as you develop techniques to easily and rapidly handle person-to-person issues. Let psychologist Larry Iverson help you gain a leadership edge and stay in control by applying the principles of High Stakes Communications.

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  4. 11.9 hrs • 6/4/2012 • Unabridged

    Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. The time-tested secrets the book discloses include Cicero’s three-step strategy for moving an audience to action as well as Honest Abe’s shameless trick of lowering an audience’s expectations by pretending to be unpolished. But it’s also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians’ use of “code” language to appeal to specific groups and an eye-opening assortment of popular-culture dodges, including: The Eddie Haskell PloyEminem’s Rules of DecorumThe Belushi ParadigmStalin’s Timing SecretThe Yoda Technique Whether you’re an inveterate lover of language books or just want to win a lot more anger-free arguments on the page, at the podium, or over a beer, Thank You for Arguing is for you. Written by one of today’s most popular online language mavens, it’s warm, witty, erudite, and truly enlightening. It not only teaches you how to recognize a paralipsis and a chiasmus when you hear them, but also how to wield such handy and persuasive weapons the next time you really, really want to get your own way.

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    Thank You for Arguing

    11.9 hrs • 6/4/12 • Unabridged
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  5. 9.4 hrs • 10/1/2011 • Unabridged

    Masters of language can turn unassuming words into phrases that are beautiful, effective, and memorable. What are the secrets of this alchemy? Part of the answer lies in rhetorical figures: practical ways of applying great aesthetic principles—repetition and variety, suspense and relief, concealment and surprise—to a simple sentence or paragraph. Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric recovers this knowledge for our times. It amounts to a tutorial on eloquence conducted by Churchill and Lincoln, Dickens and Melville, Burke and Paine, and more than a hundred others. The book organizes a vast range of examples from those sources into eighteen chapters that illustrate and analyze the most valuable rhetorical devices with unprecedented clarity. The result is an indispensable source of pleasure and instruction for all lovers of the English language.

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    Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric by Ward Farnsworth
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  6. 3.7 hrs • 4/1/2005 • Abridged

    Are you the parent of an argumentative teen or a teen with an argumentative parent? Are you anticipating an argument with your boss when you ask for a raise? Are you expecting trouble from a supplier, contractor, landlord, or subordinate? Or do you just ignore conflict situations hoping that they’ll magically disappear or solve themselves? The art of argument—it’s mysterious and powerful. It’s the art of having things go your way, but it’s also the art of getting out of your own way. It’s having the Moves, but it’s also about having the Touch. Arguing—there’s the rough and tumble of the norm, the amateur’s game; then there’s the pro’s game: always knowing what to say, how to say it, and when to say it; winning arguments without quarreling, squabbling, tussling, wrangling, bickering, raising your voice, losing your cool, or coming to blows; winning arguments without bulldozing and browbeating the other guy; winning arguments by finessing rather than forcing, kicking butt, or being in the other guy’s face; winning arguments without offending or embarrassing anyone, including yourself—winning arguments with confidence, grace, and ease.

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    How To Win Any Argument

    3.7 hrs • 4/1/05 • Abridged
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  7. 9.3 hrs • 6/3/2003 • Unabridged

    When Mark Salzman is invited to visit a writing class at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles’s most violent teenage offenders, he scrambles for a polite reason to decline. He goes—expecting the worst—and is so astonished by what he finds that he becomes a teacher there himself. True Notebooks is an account of Salzman’s first years teaching at Central. Through it, we come to know his students as he did: in their own words. At times impossible and at times irresistible, they write with devastating clarity about their pasts, their fears, their confusions, their regrets, and their hopes. They write about what led them to crime and to gangs, about love for their mothers and anger toward their (mostly absent) fathers, about guilt for the pain they have caused, and about what it is like to be facing life in prison at the age of seventeen. Most of all, they write about trying to find some reason to believe in themselves—and others—in spite of all that has gone wrong. Surprising, charming, upsetting, enlightening, and ultimately hopeful—driven by the insight and humor of Salzman’s voice and by the intelligence, candor, and strength of his students, whose writing appears throughout the book—True Notebooks is itself a reward of the self-expression Mark Salzman teaches: a revelatory meditation on the process, power, and meaning of writing.

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    True Notebooks

    9.3 hrs • 6/3/03 • Unabridged
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  8. 3.1 hrs • 3/1/1998 • Abridged

    From the best selling author of You Just Don't Understand comes another groundbreaking examination of the way we communicate - in public, in the media, in politics, in our courtrooms and classrooms - letting us see in a new way forces that are powerfully shaping our lives. We live in a pervasive warlike atmosphere that makes us approach anything we need to accomplish as a fight between two opposing sides - urging us to regard the world in an adversarial frame of mind. Tannen explores the roots of this argument culture, the role played by gender, and how other cultures suggest alternative ways to negotiate disagreement and mediate conflicts so that we, as a society, can find constructive and creative ways of resolving disputes and differences.                                          

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    The Argument Culture

    3.1 hrs • 3/1/98 • Abridged
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  9. 7.0 hrs • 4/1/1996 • Unabridged

    A funny and useful grammar book! There are many grammar and usage books that give advice on correct English. This isn’t one of them. The Elements of Expression targets expressiveness as a goal apart from getting it technically right. Imagine the yawns a sportscaster would induce by announcing, “His bat struck the ball and the ball went into the stands,” instead of “He took that ball downtown!” And why say, “I’d prefer it if you didn’t volunteer your opinions,” if what you really mean is “When I want your advice, I'll beat it out of you” (Chuck Norris, Code of Silence)? Written with uncommon wit and humor, The Elements of Expression offers writers, speakers, and self-improvers a fresh look at how they express (or fail to express) their thoughts and feelings. Plotnik supplies many engaging examples of adventurous language to show the tremendous power of words to describe and enliven human experience. For people who care about language and want to write or speak forcefully, effectively—in a word, expressively—this is the audiobook to turn on!

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    The Elements of Expression, Revised and Expanded Edition by Arthur Plotnik

    The Elements of Expression, Revised and Expanded Edition

    Foreword by Jessica Page Morrell
    7.0 hrs • 4/1/96 • Unabridged
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