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    Figure of Speech: Shameless Plea

      bookcover.jpgMy dear Figarist,

    I thought you’d like to know that today is the day that Random House publishes my book, Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion. You’ll find it hereIf you click on the Amazon link, you can buy it for less than $12.

    If you’re even thinking of doing so, please try to do it today. An impressive showing will inspire the publisher, further the noble cause of rhetoric, and show my wife that countless hours spent writing a figures blog haven’t been wasted.

    Would you do that for Figaro? Plus buy 50 more copies for your friends and relatives and students and book group and H.R. director and Member of Congress? All right, then, do it for yourself:

    1. Taking your love of words, you’ll tap into their persuasive power and mold people’s minds to your will, to paraphrase John Quincy Adams. (He really could be scary at times.)
    2. You’ll learn how Aristotle and Cicero can make you more eloquent.
    3. Plus you’ll find an assortment of popular-culture dodges, including the Eddie Haskell Ploy, Enimen’s Rules of Decorum, the Belushi Paradigm, Stalin’s Timing Secret, and the Yoda Technique.
    4. If you’re a teacher, I’d be glad to conduct a speakerphone conference with your class.

    Thank You for Arguing comes with Figaro’s personal guarantee. If you’re not wholly satisfied, I will write you a highly figured letter of apology.

    With heartfelt thanks,

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    Reader Comments (3)

    Got mine in the mail yesterday, won't have time to read it for a couple of weeks though. Good luck, DS
    February 28, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdogscratcher
    OK, I just ordered my copy via Amazon :). The "here" link is broken, by the way.
    February 28, 2007 | Unregistered Commenternot cicero
    If I only would have had this book last year when I was teaching Rhetoric! Grrrr...I've been reading it and really enjoying it! I love your examples with your family!
    March 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterShan Man

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