Winning Arguments

What Works and Doesn't Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom

by Stanley Fish

On Sale: 07/05/2016

Winning Arguments

What Works and Doesn't Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom

by Stanley Fish

On Sale: 07/05/2016

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About the Book

“Fish mines cultural touchstones from Milton to ‘Married with Children’ to explain how various types of arguments are structured and how that understanding can lead to victory” — New York Times Book Review

A lively and accessible guide to understanding rhetoric by the world class English and Law professor and bestselling author of How to Write a Sentence.

Filled with the wit and observational prowess that shaped Stanley Fish’s acclaimed bestseller How to Write a Sentence, Winning Arguments guides readers through the “greatest hits” of rhetoric. In this clever and engaging guide, Fish offers insight and outlines the crucial keys you need to win any debate, anywhere, anytime—drawn from landmark legal cases, politics, his own career, and even popular film and television. A celebration of clashing minds and viewpoints, Winning Arguments is sure to become a classic. 

Critical Praise

Compelling...The points [Fish] presents are philosophical, metaphysical, even ontological. — Kirkus

“Timely… readers will find this latest work simultaneously challenging and accessible.” — Library Journal

“A guided tour through some of the most beautiful, arresting sentences in the English language.” — Slate on HOW TO WRITE A SENTENCE

“Both deeper and more democratic than The Elements of Style.” — Financial Times on HOW TO WRITE A SENTENCE

“[Fish] shares his connoisseurship of the elegant sentence.” — New Yorker on HOW TO WRITE A SENTENCE

How to Write a Sentence is a must read for aspiring writers and anyone who wants to deepen their appreciation of literature. If extraordinary sentences are like sports plays, Fish is the Vin Scully of great writing.” — Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, authors of They Say/I Say

An important book for any lawyer, scholar, or pundit-not to mention any spouse who has tried to walk back fractious words-Fish’s shrewd work can help everyone better understand the power of effective communication in everyday life. — Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062226655
  • ISBN 10: 0062226657
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 07/05/2016
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
  • BISAC2 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric
  • BISAC3 : LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
  • BISAC4 : LITERARY CRITICISM / Reference
  • BISAC5 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Communication / General

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