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The History and Theory of Rhetoric: An Introduction

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The History and Theory of Rhetoric offers an accessible discussion of the history of rhetorical studies in the Western tradition, from ancient Greece to contemporary American and European theorists. By tracing the historical progression of rhetoric from the Greek Sophists of the 5th Century B.C. to contemporary studies—such as the rhetoric of science and feminist rhetoric—

Paperback, Third Edition, 320 pages
Published May 10th 2004 by Allyn & Bacon (first published August 1st 1996)
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This is a really complete and interesting textbook on rhetoric, but it is also just a textbook. Herrick does a good job surveying a wide range of rhetorical thought from the ancient Greeks to Foucault and Derrida.
The one major concern I have with the textbook is that it brings together a bunch of things that aren't directly rhetorical theory, including things like Habermas' public sphere theory and Foucault's analysis of discourse and power. These clearly have connections to rhetoric, but I feel
Abby Tobias
good overview of the topic, but this book is a prime example of over editing. seriously, the sentences have been so obviously overwrought that the whole thing ends up sounding like it was written for 5th graders.
Nice, simplistic history of rhetoric with practical explanations. After having read parts of The Rhetorical Tradition, which contains many of the primary texts that Herrick decodes, I am not ashamed to say that translators and the original authors of rhetorical theory have a poor sense of prose.

This type of information at least is understandable and pragmatic in its definitions.
An excellent overview and historical survey of rhetoric.
Just the introductory section was so useful to me I ended up using it as the basis of a large component of my English Comp. class.
I'm reading it for the third time now.
Read this for a Professional Writing course. Read whatever chapters were required
Excellent introduction to the history and development of rhetoric.
Randy Hulshizer
A basic, and rather naive, introduction to rhetoric.
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Very informative
This is for class.
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