Book Review – Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs

Title: Thank You for Arguing (third edition)
Author: Jay Heinrichs
Publish Date: July 4, 2017
# of Pages: 336
Rating: ⭐️⭐️
(**Warning** Possible spoilers)


(From Goodreads) Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill.

The time-tested secrets this book discloses include Cicero’s three-step strategy for moving an audience to action—as well as Honest Abe’s Shameless Trick of lowering an audience’s expectations by pretending to be unpolished. But it’s also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians’ use of “code” language to appeal to specific groups and an eye-opening assortment of popular-culture dodges—including The Yoda Technique, The Belushi Paradigm, and The Eddie Haskell Ploy.

Whether you’re an inveterate lover of language books or just want to win a lot more anger-free arguments on the page, at the podium, or over a beer, Thank You for Arguing is for you. Written by one of today’s most popular language mavens, it’s warm, witty, erudite, and truly enlightening. It not only teaches you how to recognize a paralipsis and a chiasmus when you hear them, but also how to wield such handy and persuasive weapons the next time you really, really want to get your own way.


Thank You for Arguing provides a detailed look at the art of rhetoric. The book is full of wit, tips, and funny anecdotes, which all help demonstrate and illustrate arguing strategies.

I wanted to like Thank You for Arguing more than I did. I like the subject and the premise, but the author’s style grated on my nerves. I thought I would enjoy his wit, sarcasm, and stories, but the amount of actual content in the book is slim compared to the amount of filler junk. He also abuses text boxes. Sometimes two pages would have over six additional text boxes–asides with additional information. Most of these asides were not value-added, and about halfway through the book, I stopped reading them all together.

The real content in the book is good. Clearly Heinrichs’ knows his subject well, and I did take away several tips that I plan on using in future arguments.

On the plus side, as a student I probably would have enjoyed this book more than a standard textbook. As an adult with a full-time job, I found the book’s style tiresome.

To learn more about the book, check out the publisher’s website.

Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.



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