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Five Great Works of Non-Fiction

Robert W. Tracinski

Presented at: SRB 2002 Vienna

Date: Jun 29, 2002

What makes a great work of non-fiction writing so clear, so powerful, so convincing? This course will answer that question by looking at five of the best medium-length works of non-fiction, including Ayn Rand's essay " 'Extremism,' or the Art of Smearing"—a masterful integration of politics and epistemology—and the Declaration of Independence, a tour de force of rational clarity. Discover precisely how each work conveys its central message, starting with its overall logical structure and working down to the smallest details, such as sentence structure, word choice, and the use of examples—an integrated, inductive approach to understanding great writing.



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