- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Books (June 19, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 163565274X
- ISBN-13: 978-1635652741
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Argue with a Cat: A Human's Guide to the Art of Persuasion Paperback – June 19, 2018
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Praise for Thank You For Arguing
"Thankfully, Mr Jay Heinrichs is here, to explain how rhetoric can help you win more in life, and generally have a more harmonious relationship with people around you." --Mr Porter
"Clever, passionate, erudite." --Publishers Weekly
"Jay Heinrichs knows a thing or two about arguing." --The Times
"An excellent book about how to win arguments, full of brilliant examples ... sharp and well-argued." --Evening Standard
"If you want to win people over, this book will help you succeed." --Independent
"Colorful, instructive, illuminating... a romp through the rules of rhetoric." --Guardian
"Packed with humor, tips and anecdotes to help you get what you want." --Good Book Guide
About the Author
JAY HEINRICHS is the New York Times bestselling author of Thank You for Arguing who spent 26 years as a writer, editor, and magazine publishing executive before becoming a full-time advocate for the lost art of rhetoric. He now lectures widely on the subject, to audiences ranging from Ivy League students and NASA scientists to Southwest Airlines executives, and runs the language blog figarospeech.com. He lives with his wife and their cats in New Hampshire.
NATALIE PALMER-SUTTON is an art director, illustrator, editor, animator, artist, designer and sometimes writer who lives with her lovely husband and lovely children in Buckhurst Hill, England.
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Heinrichs' command of the topic allows him to make complex ideas easy to understand. His direct writing provides an example of everything he is teaching. And he brings up and illustrates the fundamentals of persuasion. If you think you know rhetoric, but do not immediately recognize concepts like trophe, synecdoche, or the fallacy of antecedent, use your paws and get this book.
As the ancient Greeks and Romans knew, and Heinrichs teaches, at the end of the day, good arguers must appear to be good people, to have "ethos." And the best way to project being a good person is -- to be a good person. So Heinrichs also teaches us to have good posture and be a good listener: "besides improving your image, posture can make you seem like a good listener. You're more likely to persuade if people think you are a good listener."
Herein is good stuff for people who live in democracies and govern themselves by persuading their neighbors. This book will make you a better arguer. It might even make us a better nation.
The first chapter was a revelation to me. I learned that an argument is not a fight. You could have fooled me. I would have sworn the object of an argument was to win. To persuade the other person of the error, foolishness, downright idiocy of their beliefs. But no. The object is to come up with a win-win situation where both sides feel they have maintained their self-respect and gained a little something.
To keep the tone light the authors try out persuasive strategies on their cats and offer the reader various scenarios of how each strategy might play out with a cat. It certainly takes the drudgery out of the learning curve.
Both authors are experienced cat owners – their bona fides are impeccable. They both understand how difficult it is to persuade a cat to do anything and also how easy it is for a cat to persuade its owner to do its bidding. Excellent examples of techniques we could use human-to-human.
This is not a long or complex book. In addition to the lightness and humour of its tone the authors have added instead of a bibliography brief bios of the cats they have owned.