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on 10 June 1998
Howard Kahane's "Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric" literally changed my life when I was assigned it in college over 20 years ago. Prof. Kahane has set down nearly every possible trick, deception, or error that could possibly come up in public--or private--discourse. In this new edition the reader will find many recent examples of the improper use of rhetoric from news articles, public speeches, advertising, and media "observations." Despite the rather functional title, Kahane has written a readable, entertaining, enjoyable book. As in most textbooks, there are exercises at the end of each chapter, but when was the last time you wanted to share such "brain teasers" with friends? This book does have one drawback--you'll again never be able to sit through advertisements, political speeches, or journalistic commentaries without noticing flawed reasoning, dirty tricks, and irrelevancies. If everybody would read this book, we'd all be better off--except for big business and government; they'd be in *big* trouble. Educational and fun.
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