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This book is geared toward academics who enjoy using their immense vocabularies to impress laymen. Unfortunately is does nothing to teach one how to win an argument.
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I was hoping that this would be a book about a practical system of argumentation (i.e., a practical book on how to win arguments). That is, I was expecting a book that distilled classical and modern argumentation theory into a simplified practical system for the layman on how to win arguments. <br/><br/>This was not such a work, in my opinion. This books seems to be comprised of some disparate tips scattered throughout. Personally, I did not find the tips helpful, and I found them to be few in number.To give an example - regarding one of the chapters - there are a few useful tips for someone who has little or no background in constructive communication, these tips can be found for free on the Internet in any interpersonal communication self-help site (e.g., using "I" statements" to own your feelings, or saying something to the effect of "that makes sense" to allow the person to feel understood and reduce defensiveness). <br/><br/>The author's credentials are fantastic, and I'm sure he has the potential to create a work that is a practical and simplified system of argumentation for the layman, if he has the inclination. I hope that he does, as I would purchase it. This book was not for me, though.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I liked the narrator, and will check out some audiobooks he has done.
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