"An entertaining history of great oratory" (New Yorker) and a primer to rhetoric´s key techniques
Rhetoric gives our words the power to inspire. But it´s not just for politicians: it´s all around us, whether you´re buttering up a key client or persuading your children to eat their vegetables. You have been using rhetoric yourself, all your life. After all, you know what a rhetorical question is, don´t you?
In Words Like Loaded Pistols, Sam Leith traces the art of argument from ancient Greece through the present day. He introduces verbal villains from Hitler to Donald Trump-and the three musketeers: ethos, pathos, and logos. He explains how rhetoric works in speeches from Cicero to Zelensky and pays tribute to the rhetorical brilliance of AC/DC´s "Back in Black." Before you know it, you´ll be confident in chiasmus and proud of your panegyrics-because rhetoric is useful, relevant, and crucial to understanding the world around us.