reviewed by Rob Mason on 25 October 2017
Essayist Stephen Miller pursues a lifelong interest in conversation by taking an historical and philosophical view of the subject. He chronicles the art of conversation in Western civilization from its beginnings in ancient Greece to its apex in eighteenth-century Britain.
Stephen Miller now brings the art of conversation into the light, revealing why good conversation matters and why it is in decline
One authority writes that "Conversation is the kind of speech that happens informally, symmetrically, and for the purposes of establishing and maintaining social ties."