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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1 edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932236457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932236453
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Mr. Crider’s Office of Assertion is the best guide to the writing of essays that I have ever seen, in many years of college and university teaching at Columbia and Dartmouth. It is designed for good students at either of those levels. It goes beyond the essential preliminaries to the elements that produce a genuinely good writer, and, far from being dogmatic, it is exploratory and immensely practical.” Jeffrey Hart, Professor of English Emeritus at Dartmouth College and author of Smiling Through the Cultural Catastrophe: Toward the Revival of Higher Education


“Scott Crider has done what I thought impossible: he has found the strong elements of current composition theory and folded them into crisp, cogent account of traditional rhetoric. The result is a brief, lucid, yet thorough introduction to rhetoric for students, as well as a handy refresher for their professors.” R.V. Young, Professor of English, North Carolina State University


“In The Office of Assertion: the Art of Rhetoric Scott Crider has written a brief, elegant text on a topic all too often treated esoterically. He adjures readers, in a reference to Wendell Berry, to ‘stand by’ their words, proceeding to demonstrate the way in which clarity and conviction, logos and lexis, can be welded together in ‘soul-leading.’ The process makes of rhetoric a liberal art as well as a formidable instrument of persuasion. Particularly helpful is his chapter on revision, in which he makes clear that style is no mere decoration but a final result of both insight and labor. Though primarily intended for college students charged with creating that ‘small universe’ of the academic essay, The Office of Assertion becomes in the end a guide to truthful utterance on all levels, with skill in language leading to fuller participation in culture and a nobler concept of the human.”—Louise Cowan, Professor of English, University of Dallas, co-author of Invitation to the Classics

About the Author

Author Bio: Scott F. Crider is Associate Professor of English at the University of Dallas, where he teaches courses in advanced composition and classical rhetoric. He has written extensively on Shakespeare and the English renaissance and is at work on a volume titled With What Persuasion: An Essay on Shakespeare and the Ethics of Rhetoric.

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Easy to read and understand.
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This book should be required reading for high school English A/P teachers and all college students.
John C. Dunbar
Scott Crider's book is a model of economy.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Frederic C Putnam on April 4, 2007
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There are lots of books on writing, but Scott Crider wrote a book aimed to help college students understand why they write (to learn, explore, and persuade) and how they should write.

He follows Aristotle's definition of rhetoric as "the faculty of discovering the possible means of persuasion ..." (5), and then suggests how to "discover" arguments, how to organize a paper (he advocates replacing the "5-paragraph-essay" with the six-part (not paragraph) "Classical Oration"), how to use language to say what you mean ("Style"), and how to evaluate and rework (and rework and ...) what you have written, returning at the end to his opening point that "rhetoric moves an audience" and good rhetoric moves an audience--as it has already moved the rhetor--toward that which is true.

This is a gem of a book, not a word, sentence, or paragraph out of place, and every facet cut to lighten the student's way.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Evan Getz on October 29, 2008
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Scott Crider's book is a model of economy. Forget expensive books filled with trite essays and flashy pictures, this slender volume is solid meat from beginning to end. Crider moves seamlessly through his chapters on invention, organization, style, and re-vision, constantly cross-referencing his material throughout. The chapter on organization is particularly good, providing practical and well-conceived strategies to escape the limits of the five-paragraph essay. Crider's book produces thoughtful in-class discussion as well, and for that alone, I am thankful.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John E. Rocha on June 13, 2005
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A fine little text on rhetoric. It is a must read for all undergraduates before they write their first academic essay. Students are introduced to the basic meaning and understanding of rhetoric beyond its misuse in today's media.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By el jefe on August 26, 2009
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I've use this book for several semesters, and it is the handiest, most concise, and most illuminating text I've seen. Far too many comp textbooks are full of trendy drivel about free-writing, process writing, etc..., as well as being stuffed with silly useless graphics. Consequently, the texts cost $70 or more, and they are hardly opened. Do your students a favor, and have them go refer back to the ideals of classical rhetoric. If they master the skills in this book, they'll be ready to handle the demands of actual academic writing.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Remy L. on May 16, 2005
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This little book will prove a classic. It shapes Rhetoric into a most useful tool for facing down the academic essay. Clear and spare, it's a keeper.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nathan P. Gilmour on October 13, 2010
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I've been using Crider's little book this semester to teach my introduction to composition classes, and the wonderful thing is that such an inexpensive and brief book can pack in so much of classical rhetorical theory and translate it for students in the twenty-first century.

On its own the book would probably be a hair too technical for most classes, but having students dwell on a chapter for a few class days, accompanied by exercises in online environments, has been dynamite. My students this semester are making revision moves and thinking in sophisticated terms about their practices of invention and revision that have me convinced that, for my own interactive style of composition teaching, Crider's book is just what the doctor ordered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John C. Dunbar on August 3, 2010
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140 small pages of brilliant recommendations and analysis. After the first chapter (Intro), I was still a reluctant reader. Thereafter, I underlined furiously. This book should be required reading for high school English A/P teachers and all college students. High school students preparing for the SAT college essay would do well to absorb the recommendations in this book because following its advice will bump them from 10 1/2 to 12.

It is a delight to read and will affect your writing and advice to others. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Josué Manriquez on August 28, 2014
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Many books have been written on the topic of writing. Still more have been written on the topic of rhetoric. I've read a handful of each, and I can confidently say that this book is one of the better ones I've read.

The strengths of this book are many. I'll list only a few:

1. It is clear, concise, and precise
2. It is neither superfluous nor pedantic (if you don't know what those words mean, you'll have no trouble reading this book!)
3. It is a great example of the author's own instructions

I could go on.

To conclude: This is the perfect book to read if you're looking for a brief but serious rhetoric. It abounds with very helpful--and much needed--instruction for refining one's academic essay from start to finish. Although it was written primarily for undergraduate students, even graduates can profit from this book.

So if you're soon to enter college, read this book! If you're going on to graduate school and want to refine your writing skills, read this book! If you just like reading and you want to read a fine example of the office of assertion, read this book!
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More About the Author

Scott Crider took his Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside, and is now an Associate Professor of English at the University of Dallas, where he was awarded the Haggar Teaching Award and where for several years he ran their Writing Program. While he teaches widely in UD's Core curriculum, his research and writing interests are in Shakespeare and in Rhetorical Studies. He most enjoys teaching young people how to read literature and then converse and write about it.

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