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How to Win Every Argument by Madsen Pirie
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Nov 09, 11

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Read from November 02 to 17, 2011

A great beginners guide to understanding, recognizing and (unfortunately) using some of the most common types of logical fallacies.

The book is essentially an alphabetical list of common fallacies with definitions, explanations, and examples. A generous helping of dry wit is used extensively throughout the book, injecting puns and the like into the examples, which helps to liven the relatively dry material - something I appreciated, though others may find annoying.

I found it unfortunate that the author structured the writing in a way that encourages the strategic use of the fallacies, rather than how to avoid and counter them when presented by an opponent in a debate. Although you can still take it any way you'd like, I would have liked a more encouraging message of "How to Win Every Argument [by avoiding logical fallacies]".
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