Writing With Style
Conversations on the Art of Writing
Paperback ISBN: 0130257133
A storehouse of practical writing tips, written in a lively, conversational style. Readers lean to develop a writer's sense: the book demonstrates that writing is really applied psychology since it is essentially the art of creating desired effects. Provides an explanation of what effects are desirable and how to create them. An exceptional book that works successfully on several levels simultaneously. Provides new insight into: how to generate interesting ideas and get them down on paper; how to write a critical analysis; how to write a crisp opener; how to invigorate a banal style; how to punctuate with confidence; how to handle various conventions, and much more. For anyone who needs a reference guide on writing.
Talk Like Ted
The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
Paperback ISBN: 1250061539
A guide to public speaking reveals the top nine strategies of the gold-standard presentation method, drawing on interviews with successful TED conference speakers to outline step-by-step methods for overcoming fears, motivating teams and rendering a presentation more dynamic. 50,000 first printing.
Getting to Yes With Yourself
How to Get What You Truly Want
Paperback ISBN: 0062363417
William Ury, coauthor of the international bestseller Getting to Yes, returns with another groundbreaking book, this time asking: how can we expect to get to yes with others if we haven’t first gotten to yes with ourselves? Renowned negotiation expert William Ury has taught tens of thousands of people from all walks of life—managers, lawyers, factory workers, coal miners, schoolteachers, diplomats, and government officials—how to become better negotiators. Over the years, Ury has discovered that the greatest obstacle to successful agreements and satisfying relationships is not the other side, as difficult as they can be. The biggest obstacle is actually our own selves—our natural tendency to react in ways that do not serve our true interests. But this obstacle can also become our biggest opportunity, Ury argues. If we learn to understand and influence ourselves first, we lay the groundwork for understanding and influencing others. In this prequel toGetting to Yes, Ury offers a seven-step method to help you reach agreement with yourself first, dramatically improving your ability to negotiate with others. Practical and effective, Getting to Yes with Yourself helps readers reach good agreements with others, develop healthy relationships, make their businesses more productive, and live far more satisfying lives.
Thank You for Arguing
What Aristotle, Lincoln, And Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion
Paperback ISBN: 0307341445
An introduction to the fine art of rhetoric explains how this important skill can profoundly influence one's success in one personal and professional life, using contemporary examples to illuminate classical rhetorical strategies and revealing how the forces of persuasion are at work all around us and how they can be used for one's own benefit. Original. 40,000 first printing.
The Rhetoric of Empire
Colonial Discourse in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Imperial Administration
Paperback ISBN: 0822313170
The white man's burden, darkest Africa, the seduction of the primitive: such phrases were widespread in the language Western empires used to talk about their colonial enterprises. How this language itself served imperial purposes--and how it survives today in writing about the Third World--are the subject of David Spurr's book, a revealing account of the rhetorical strategies that have defined Western thinking about the non-Western world. Despite historical differences among British, French, and American versions of colonialism, their rhetoric had much in common. The Rhetoric of Empire identifies these shared features—images, figures of speech, and characteristic lines of argument—and explores them in a wide variety of sources. A former correspondent for the United Press International, the author is equally at home with journalism or critical theory, travel writing or official documents, and his discussion is remarkably comprehensive. Ranging from T. E. Lawrence and Isak Dineson to Hemingway and Naipaul, from Time and the New Yorker to the National Geographic and Le Monde, from journalists such as Didion and Sontag to colonial administrators such as Frederick Lugard and Albert Sarraut, this analysis suggests the degree to which certain rhetorical tactics penetrate the popular as well as official colonial and postcolonial discourse. Finally, Spurr considers the question: Can the language itself—and with it, Western forms of interpretation--be freed of the exercise of colonial power? This ambitious book is an answer of sorts. By exposing the rhetoric of empire, Spurr begins to loosen its hold over discourse about—and between—different cultures.