The Next Big Idea Club 2024 Must Read Book —.
“The history of rhetoric that the author presents is fascinating, and the parallels she draws to the modern world are sharp and sprinkled with both bluntness and wit. . . required reading for any thinking person.” —Kirkus (Starred)
“In an age of fake news and spin, how ideas are packaged and sold is as important as the ideas themselves. In her latest work, Robin Reames traces the historical threads of rhetoric and rhetorical thinking to the modern day, shedding light on the age-old practices that can help us understand truth and persuasion in today's public discourse.” —Yascha Mounk, author of The Identity Trap
"We’re not the first to suffer from fake news and conspiracy theories. The Greeks did as well--and they found an antidote. In this compelling deep-dive into ancient rhetoric, Robin Reames teaches us their lost art of argument. May it bring wisdom to our media-addled brains." —Martin Puchner, author of The Written Word
“I always thought rhetoric was important and needed to be taught, but Robin Reames’s book floored me for the clarity of exposition, the compelling arguments, and the accessibility of the ideas presented in it. Do yourself a favor and get this book. Do other people a favor and gift them copies of it.” —Massimo Pigliucci, author of How to Be a Stoic
“I kept thinking about this book after I finished it, and then one day I reached out to a friend I hadn’t spoken to in years—because of political disagreements—and a wound began to heal.” —Ellen Jovin, founder of the internationally acclaimed Grammar Table
"If everyone always agreed with everyone else, we would not need rhetoric, as Aristotle once observed. Robin Reames’s new book takes that observation as its premise and presents new ways to think about an old but indispensable art: rhetoric, the art by which things—issues, values, beliefs—come to be held dear. When approached in this way, rhetoric becomes necessary equipment, not for reaching agreement, but for getting where people are coming from and, just as importantly, how they—how we—got here." —Debra Hawhee, Penn State University