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In these pages, Adam Garfinkle holds up a standard of excellence for how to think, argue and be ... not only how to present an argument and write a column, but how to be a serious person. ... If you absorb the wisdom that he has distilled in this little book, it will help you have a much bigger impact on the world. --From the Foreword by David Brooks, columnist for The New York Times and commentator on the PBS NewsHour

This book is much more than its title suggests. It is an ode to quality reading and a hymn to clear thinking. For those who seek leadership in the public arena and who are not gifted with Abraham Lincoln's or Henry Adam's expressive talents, this book deserves to be a constant guidebook -- --Gary Hart, Co-chair, U.S. Commission on National Security/21stCentury



This book is much more than its title suggests. It is an ode to quality reading and a hymn to clear thinking. For those who seek leadership in the public arena and who are not gifted with Abraham Lincoln's or Henry Adam's expressive talents, this book deserves to be a constant guidebook -- --Gary Hart, Co-chair, U.S. Commission on National Security/21stCentury



This book is much more than its title suggests. It is an ode to quality reading and a hymn to clear thinking. For those who seek leadership in the public arena and who are not gifted with Abraham Lincoln's or Henry Adam's expressive talents, this book deserves to be a constant guidebook ----Gary Hart, Co-chair, U.S. Commission on National Security/21stCentury

About the Author

Adam Garfinkle, Ph.D., is founding editor of THE AMERICAN INTEREST. He served from 2003-2005 as a principal speechwriter to the U.S. Secretary of State. His essays have been published in many magazines, journals, and newspapers, and he has appeared on national and international media.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (November 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765631237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765631237
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,728,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Steeg on August 18, 2012
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According to "The Review" chapter in "Political Writing" by Adam Garfinkel, a book review is "an attempt to persuade based on an attempt to persuade". Assuming you are interested in persuasive writing, I'm going to attempt to persuade you to buy this little book. ("Little" is the author's adjective.) Even though only "Political" is in the title, the book is about persuasive writing. If you want to be a more effective persuader in writing or speaking, politically or otherwise, you should read and heed this book.
The author has taught the subject at university level. His material shows its class-note heritage, with reading assignments and exercises for each chapter. He has practiced the craft of persuasion for his own benefit and that of others in academia, in government and the press. Don't expect dry lectures and only ancient references; Copyright is 2012. His examples, chosen from famous and not-so-famous people, sparkle with insight and challenge with goals to emulate. Specific chapters contain tools and tips for every conceivable venue of argumentation from essays to op-eds to blogs. His chapters on better writing cover not only the how, but also the why.
The only missing reference is [[ASIN:B00849DOU2 Birkenstein's, Graff's The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein (Paperback - Jan. 10, 2006), available from Amazon in print and Kindle. Although some will scorn the Graff-Birkenstein template approach, the templates complement Garfinkel's exposition and can be the friend that he recommends in his segment on Writer's Block.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emr on June 3, 2014
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I had to purchase this book for a class so I had to read most of it. The author's style is very engaging.
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I love the language Mr Garfinkle employs to bring the point before you entertainingly, though mostly I'm learning through doing and rereading and little chuffed with my progress.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sz on February 8, 2014
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The book is very basics and you can choose something better in the market , for the price is not worthwhile
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