By Mark Thompson
Blackstone Audio (audiobook)
Julius Caesar’s “Veni, vidi, vici” (“I came, I saw, I conquered”) is a classical example of parataxis. You will probably never hear Donald Trump spouting Latin, but the Republican presidential nominee’s language, distinguished by short sentences built up layer upon layer towards an emotional climax,is a form of parataxis often used by dictators to silence the quibbling masses. For those trying to comprehend Trump’s appeal, despite failings too numerous to list here, Mark Thompson’s analysis makes stimulating reading. Enough Said shows why Trump wins support from Americans who no longer trust established politicians. It won’t change the status quo, but it will make you think about how public discourse has evolved and the role of the media in the changing language of politics.