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Medhurst, Martin J.

Works: 38 works in 164 publications in 1 language and 12,514 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
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Most widely held works by Martin J Medhurst
Presidential speechwriting : from the New Deal to the Reagan revolution and beyond by Kurt W Ritter( )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 2,268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The reliance of individual presidents on their speechwriters has varied with the rhetorical skill of the officeholder himself, his managerial style, and his personal attitude toward public speaking. The individual chapters here (two by former White House speech-writers) give fascinating insight into the process and development of presidential speechwriting from Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration to Ronald Reagan's. Some contributors, such as Charles Griffin writing on Eisenhower and Moya Ball on Johnson, offer case studies of specific speeches to gain insight into those presidents. Other chapters focus on institutional arrangements and personal relationships, rhetorical themes characterizing an administration, or the relationship between words and policies to shed light on presidential speechwriting." "Medhurst's introduction of ten "myths" in the scholarship on presidential speeches and his summary of the enduring issues in the practice of speechwriting pull together the work of individual contributors. At the same time, his introduction and conclusion transcend particular presidents by providing generalizations on the role of speechwriting in the modern White House."--Jacket
Critical reflections on the Cold War : linking rhetoric and history( )

17 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 2,137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cold war rhetoric : strategy, metaphor, and ideology by Martin J Medhurst( )

23 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and held by 1,691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cold War Rhetoric is the first book in over twenty years to bring a sustained rhetorical critique to bear on central texts of the Cold War. The rhetorical texts that are the subject of this book include speeches by Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, the Murrow- McCarthy confrontation on CBS, the speeches and writings of peace advocates, and the recurring theme of unAmericanism as it has been expressed in various media throughout the Cold War years. Each of the authors brings to his texts a particular approach to rhetorical criticism-strategic, metaphorical, or ideological. Ea
Before the rhetorical presidency( )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Before the Rhetorical Presidency is an attempt to investigate how U.S. presidents in the nineteenth century communicated with their publics, both congressional and popular." "As the first volume ever to focus on nineteenth-century presidents from a rhetorical perspective, Before the Rhetorical Presidency examines administrations, policies, and events that have never before been subjected to rhetorical analysis. The sometimes startling outcomes of these investigations reveal the need for continuing debate on the nature, practices, and effects of the rhetorical presidency." --Book Jacket
The prospect of presidential rhetoric by James Arnt Aune( )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eisenhower's war of words : rhetoric and leadership( )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eisenhower's War of Words: Rhetoric and Leadership paints a revisionist portrait of Dwight Eisenhower as a strategic communicator who was highly involved in the series of crises that characterized his administrations. As a consummate cold warrior, Eisenhower understood that words, images, perceptions, and the shaping of attitudes was central to the ongoing battle with the Soviet Union. He used rhetoric - actions and messages intentionally designed to persuade - to achieve many of his goals. To Ike, rhetoric were the central weapon for waging - and winning - the Cold War. Understood as a strategic art of selection, arrangement, nuance, timing, and audience adaptation, rhetoric became, for Eisenhower, the preferred means of conflict resolution. Examining both foreign and domestic crises, Eisenhower's War of Words reveals a chief executive who was always thinking, planning, and looking for the opportune moment to strike. Individual chapters are devoted to the crises concerning Vietnam, McCarthyism, the H-Bomb, massive retaliation, Open Skies, Suez, Sputnik, Little Rock, the U-2 Affair, and the military-industrial complex. Eisenhower's rhetorical leadership saw America through a decade that was anything but tranquil. This book examines one of the primary means by which he accomplished that goal
The rhetorical presidency of George H.W. Bush( )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond the rhetorical presidency( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the administrations of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, and American presidency began to undergo many profound changes. Chief among those was a radical evolution in the interaction of the president with the general public. The ten essays of this volume focus on that evolution and offer thought-provoking analyses concerning the role of presidential rhetoric in passing policy, generating support, and promoting public discourse. Beyond the Rhetorical Presidency offers scholars with an interest in speech communication, political science, and history a volume that reexamines the place and significance of presidential rhetoric
Dwight D. Eisenhower : strategic communicator by Martin J Medhurst( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Words of a century : the top 100 American speeches, 1900-1999 by Stephen Lucas( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Boldly breaking the mold of previous anthologies, Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999 contains the complete-and authentic-texts of the best American speeches of the twentieth century as delivered to their immediate audiences. It features a remarkable array of speakers, from Woodrow Wilson, Clarence Darrow, and Carrie Chapman Catt to Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, and Barbara Jordan. As diverse in type as they are in subject matter, the speeches open a unique window on the twentieth century, and many continue to resonate in our own time. Each is preceded by a headnote with background on the speaker, the occasion, and the impact of the speech. More than 2,000 annotations identify people, events, and textual references that help bring the speeches to life for today's readers. This exceptional anthology is ideal for courses in rhetoric, political communication, and twentieth century American history, as well as for anyone interested in the artistry and impact of the spoken word
Rhetorical dimensions in media : a critical casebook by Martin J Medhurst( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 1996 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Communication & the culture of technology( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Landmark essays on American public address( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World War II and the Cold War : the rhetoric of hearts and minds( )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores the rhetorical history of the United States, focusing on the World War II and Cold War eras"--
More than a doctrine : the Eisenhower era in the Middle East by Randall Fowler( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1980 : Reagan, Carter, and the politics of religion in America by Andrew P Hogue( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation examines the political uses of religion in the 1980 presidential election, doing so within the broader context of how and why those uses emerged, as well as how they functioned to usher in a new era, setting the parameters for future presidential candidates' uses of religion in presidential elections. I go about this by first examining several streams that converged in 1980, among them: the expansion of the American conservative movement upon its inclusion of religious conservatism as a major concern; the various historical factors that led to the engagement of religious conservatives in American politics; the surfacing of religious rhetoric in presidential politics during the 1976 election; and the disappointment experienced by religious conservatives during the Carter presidency. I then closely examine of the candidacies of Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and John B. Anderson in 1980, showing the ways in which these candidates constructed lasting discourses of political religion and signaled the emergence of a new religious era in presidential politics. Finally, I observe the legacy of the 1980 presidential election, offering lessons from it to inform what appears to be the present dawn of a new religious era in American politics
Studies in rhetoric and religion( )

in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

God bless the President : the rhetoric of inaugural prayer by Martin J Medhurst( )

3 editions published between 1900 and 1980 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Purpose, practice, and pedagogy in rhetorical criticism by Edwin Black( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Purpose, Practice, and Pedagogy in Rhetorical Criticism brings together fifteen rhetorical critics who address contemporary issues in criticism by answering three key questions: What is the purpose of rhetorical criticism? How do you practice rhetorical criticism? How do you teach rhetorical criticism? The book serves as both guide and resource in all three areas, presenting personal perspectives from top rhetorical critics
The rhetoric of nineteenth-century reform( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Critical reflections on the Cold War : linking rhetoric and history
Critical reflections on the Cold War : linking rhetoric and historyCold war rhetoric : strategy, metaphor, and ideologyBefore the rhetorical presidencyThe prospect of presidential rhetoricThe rhetorical presidency of George H.W. BushBeyond the rhetorical presidencyDwight D. Eisenhower : strategic communicatorWords of a century : the top 100 American speeches, 1900-1999
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Medhurst, Martin J., 1952-

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