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Jay Heinrichs

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Jay Heinrichs is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Thank You for Arguing, published in 12 languages. A third edition is available July 4. The leading modern work on rhetoric, it has been taught in more than 3,000 college rhetoric classes and countless AP English Language & Composition classes. It is one of the top ten books assigned to undergraduates at Harvard.

The book has been published in six languages and released in a new edition. He has also authored Word Hero, a book on figures of speech, tropes, and “witcraft.”

Jay maintains the popular rhetoric and language websites ArgueLab.com and websites Figarospeech.com. In addition, he holds frequent Skype-ins with classes that use his book.

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message 1: by Erica

Erica Firment After I read "Thank you for Arguing" you unknowingly became one of my parenting mentors.

My baby girl hasn't started arguing yet, but I anticipate her first use of the pathetic fallacy as soon as she figures out what "no" means.


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