More reviews are coming in for my new book, Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lady Gaga.
John Cook at the always excellent blog Skeptical Science has a nice review that concludes:
Language Intelligence is extremely readable, due to the fact that Romm practices what he preaches, employing the full kitbag of rhetorical techniques that he expounds about. The principles of rhetorics are illustrated with colourful examples from some of history’s greatest figures. It’s not just a user manual on how to communicate but also a riveting account of the history of communication. Language Intelligence is a must-read for anyone who seeks to communicate better or safeguard themselves from rhetorical manipulation. If you’re a communicator, a blogger, a public speaker or merely someone with a Twitter account, adopt this book as your user manual in how to tune up your talks, posts and tweets to maximum impact.
A. Siegel at Daily Kos concludes his review, “Learning intelligent Language from Lady Gaga, Lakoff, Lincoln, Luntz, and others …”
While powerful as a political text(book), this is a book destined for the nation’s classrooms. Romm has written something that every high-school debate team would learn from and any English teach concerned about Language Intelligence would be well advised to read it and consider incorporating it into their educational program.
Unusually, after having read a book, my intent is to read it again — soon. I also intend to have my children read it and will recommend other family members read it. I recommend that you do so as well.
I think the readability — and rereadability — is one of the things that distinguishes this book from other books on rhetoric.
Persuasive communications is a subject everyone wants to master — since most of us spend more of our waking life communicating than any other single activity.
While you can’t get language intelligence from reading just one book, I do discuss in the conclusion other strategies you can pursue.