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“Delightful and illuminating....Words Like Loaded Pistols sports a fabulous assortment of examples of time-tested rhetorical gambits in action....The marvel is not that the old techniques still work, but that we ever persuaded ourselves that we could do without them.”
The New Yorker
“Leith here folds classically structured lessons on discourse into a loose but entertaining history of great oratory.”
“[A] rambunctious handbook of rhetoric….funny, friendly pages.”
Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review
“[A] fascinating examination of the power of words.”
Zocalo Public Square
“Leith throws around obscure Greek words like a classics professor, but there are just enough Simpsons references and jokes to make this feel like worthy extracurricular reading.”
I can't recommend this book highly enough to all who love language and its myriad expressions.
The author provides a succinct and very readable introduction to one of the most important subjects of society, that of persuasion through classical rhetoric.
This is a book I would have loved to have available when I started reading books on classical rhetoric many years ago.
I'd have liked more analysis of the Julius Caesar speeches which were foregrounded on the website, but overall this was fun.Published 3 months ago by Dnchance
It wasn't that horrible of a school project
Very confusing at times I was lost I won't ever read it again
Informative, objective, and .... boring for my taste. Too much history on concepts that have changed by our new way of communication, the web. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eduardo A. Arias
I wanted a followup to "The Ten Commandments of Propaganda." This book was it. It has a good mix of the history of rhetoric, from Aristotle to Bush and Obama. Read morePublished 10 months ago by rokpyle
Written with a youthful exuberance, Words Like Loaded Pistols has some laugh-out-loud moments. And, if you decide to go deeper and learn the vocabulary of rhetoric, you start... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Phi M.
Not a big fan of rhetoricians. It seems like these guys are just grabbing for air, attempting to keep their subject relevant. Read morePublished 12 months ago by David James
Author does a very fine job of introducing the lay person to the world of rhetoric. Entertaining and informative, it entices you to keep turning pages till suddenly there are no... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shadow Priest
An incredible tour through the history of rhetoric with charm, humor, and thorough analysis. Leith writes in a way that entertains and educates. great read.Published 21 months ago by James M. Waugh