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The book that won the argument,
This review is from: The Duck That Won the Lottery: and 99 Other Bad Arguments (Hardcover)
I am a firm fan of Baggini's previous works, but I have to say this is my favourite and in my view his best. I have been aware of some of the most common tricks used in arguments, but this book helps to clarify and contextualise the sleights of hand often used either knowingly or unwittingly by those trying to convince us. The chapters are short and punchy and I continually found myself thinking 'oh go on then...one more chapter and then put it down'. The only warning I would issue is that if you wish to retain healthy relationships with friends and loved ones, avoid shouting 'false dichotomy!' or 'post-hoc fallacy!' whilst watching the news or reading the newspaper. Perhaps a knowing smile, or a wry shake of the head will suffice...
Overall, an uncommon combination: an accessible book, but one that makes the reader feel genuinely 'educated' after dipping into it.