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It is likely that many people, at least those for whom English is their first language, will have come across at some time in their lives speeches featuring phrases such as `for the people, by the people, of the people'; `I have come to bury Caesar not to praise him' and `We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender', and so on, and been impressed and possibly moved to...more
I started this book on holiday then, almost a third of the way in, decided it wasn't what I wanted to be reading and put it aside. Came back to it recently and finished it off. There's some interesting stuff here, but the text is littered with Latin and Greek terms that, after a while, lose their meaning; Leith scatters them around with gay abandon every time he stumbles across an illustrative example. They can be glossed over but they distract, and each encounter reminded me that I simply hadn'...more
Easy read. Refreshes the very basics of rhetoric. It is a good idea to provide portrayals of rhetorical figures from the classics and moderns. In the end, there is a good dictionary of rhetorical concepts. I wish there could be simple explanations of these concepts in the main text itself. The readers needs to go back and forth...