About this book
A witty, elegant enquiry into the art of rhetoric which shows it's nothing to be afraid of, in fact it's everywhere! In this highly entertaining book, Leith examines the development of rhetoric from its Attic origins, telling the story of some of its heroes and villains along the way: Cicero, Erasmus, Hitler, Obama, Gyles Brandreth. Will leave it to you to decide which camp they each fall into.
Rhetoric is what gives words power. It's nothing to be afraid of. It isn't the exclusive preserve of politicians: it's everywhere, from your argument with the insurance company to your plea to the waitress for a table near the window. This book examines how people have taught, practiced and thought about rhetoric from its Attic origins onwards.