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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 June 2010
If you're looking to buy a book on rhetoric, because rhetoric is so broad in its scope, it might be useful to know in advance what you might be getting.

As you explore this book, you will notice that it's very reasonably priced, some books on rhetoric are priced in the stratosphere, and some are definitely not what they appear to be. This particular book is about 80 pages long and clearly designed for college students.

The Essential guide covers the orgins of rhetoric,from Aristotle and his speech styles: forensic (for Trials), epideictic (eulogy), and epideictic, and in part 2 Argument and persuasion, organisation and style, and includes a sample speech, so you can design your own speech.

My particular area of interest is style, particular word styles, figures of speech and patterns, and I like the examples in this book. It gets into tropes, and Klimax, and explores several things I have not read in other books.

If you're new to this I recommend it, you can become pretty knowledgeable about rhetoric in a short time, and it's user friendly. I recommend Shakespeare's Wordcraftif you are interested in exploring rhetorical patterns, particularly Shakespeare, and Longman guide to revising prose Longman Guide to Revising Prose: A Quick and Easy Method for Turning Good Writing Into Great Writing:.

I hope you find this helpful.
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on 2 November 2015
This book should be on every single person's reading list--unless you are a hermit meditating all day and have no social interaction. It is vital for understanding political discourse, deciphering commercials, chatting down the pub, influencing and negotiating with your family, giving presentations for work, or written work for your job or degree.
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