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A somewhat dry intro to a subject that shouldn't be so!
on 17 June 2013
I'd recently finished and enjoyed Sam Leith's `You talkin' to me?' and thoroughly enjoyed it so I thought I'd give this a go. I have to say that, in contrast, it suffers! It's noticeably more academic in tone and the first chapter; a potted history of rhetoric that covers similar ground to Leith's, is neither as clear or coherent, and tinder dry by comparison. However, it does improve in Chapter 2, which looks at the structure of rhetoric and the last chapter too is interesting, looking as it does at the use of rhetoric by the major powers during the Second World War and comparing the allied democracies with the totalitarian regimes of Nazi Germany, Italy, USSR and Japan.
Nevertheless, although this volume contains a few exercises to do in group, I would recommend Leith's before this every time for anyone wanting only one book, otherwise, at the price, it is an inexpensive complementary source.