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The real connection between Pericles and Obama
The history of rhetoric routinely examines the rules of what makes a good speech – while ignoring actual speeches held by real orators. Karl-Heinz Göttert challenges this paradigm by presenting unexpected pairings of orators and orations: Pericles and former German president Richard von Weizsäcker, for example, or Cicero and Joschka Fischer, or Augustine and Otto von Bismarck. This approach gives his history of rhetoric a completely new perspective – and allows him to show the European tradition as a construct with its own history and the oft-invoked “power of the spoken word” as a myth. A clear, concise and pragmatic presentation and a marvelously entertaining and knowledgeable volume.