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Your argument is valid and you know it; yet once again you find yourself leaving a debate feeling defeated and embarrassed. The matter is only made worse when you realize that your defeat came at the hands of someone's abuse of logic - and that with the right skills you could have won the argument. 

The ability to recognize logical fallacies when they occur is an essential life skill. Mastering Logical Fallacies is the clearest, boldest, and most systematic guide to dominating the rules and tactics of successful arguments. This book offers methodical breakdowns of the logical fallacies behind exceedingly common, yet detrimental, argumentative mistakes, and explores them through real life examples of logic-gone-wrong. 

Designed for those who are ready to gain the upper hand over their opponents, this master class teaches the necessary skills to identify your opponents' misuse of logic and construct effective arguments that win. With the empowering strategies offered in Mastering Logical Fallacies you'll be able to reveal the slight-of-hand flaws in your challengers' rhetoric, and seize control of the argument with bulletproof logic.

©2016 Zephyros Press (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 27-12-20

Great to know the Latin terms

Most logical fallacies are trivial and you would think you can spot them when some one commits them in the real world. However, this book introduces the latin terms behind each logical fallacy that you should memorize. It may make you sound more professional if you can quickly rattle off the logical fallacy that applies to your opponent's argument :-))

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Spellbinding

This was truly an eye-opener for me.
Superbly conceived, and succinctly explained!!!
Kudos to the author 👏🏼

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  • Thomas
  • 17-05-19

Required reading for anyone concerned w/ politics

People who dont have a firm grip on what the fallacies in this book are and how they operate or manifest in public debate—and I’m inclined to believe that’s most of us most of the time, even smarty-pants Audible listeners—are effectively operating with a handicap every time they try to analyze media-narratives about politics or other issues. This book is a critical, baseline type of resource for critical thinking in general and I wish there was some way to motivate every adult and adolescent to read it before allowing them to declaim their political beliefs and allegiances. Since imposing the book is impractical, all I can really do is promote it.

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  • Charles & Taylor Smith
  • 29-12-19

Annoying

Michael Withey loves to use many examples of logical fallacies routed in his anti-God, anti-Holy Bible, and anti-Donald Trump world view. Some of his examples are short sighted and without context. The Bible bashing gets annoying and makes it difficult to focus on the point of the book.

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  • Matt Rivera
  • 05-10-20

Argument from authority IS a fallacy.

Author claims that argument from authority is okay as long as they have proper credentials. i dont care if people have 50 PhDs. If their reasons are fallacious...that means my opponents reason for trusting them is fallacious. The person's reasons/premises are what matter. A lot of credentialed and smart people say very illogical things.

An author trying to give lessons on good argumentation shouldn't use weak arguments as a "counterarguments" to the reader. The author is bent toward the political left. His NRA example was embarrassing. Claiming the "well regulated militia" portion supercedes the "the right of the people"... Its the "right of the people" not the "right of the militia"... Im guessing the author does little homework on opposing arguments.

Premise 1)Militias are citizen armies...ie armies made of "the people"
Premise 2) Take "the people's" right to bear arms away

Conclusion: The people that make up the "well-regulated militia that is necessary to the security of a free state" is left unarmed. Security of a free state is compromised.

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  • Lyle Stout
  • 22-08-20

Left leaning reader destroys credibility.

A book about fallacies that uses them to make a political statement. Another liberal speaker who is willing to destroy his own credibility to score political points. Not really worth anything as a book about logic.

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  • Michaelt
  • 28-07-20

Hard left politics mixed in with pseudologic

The guy talks about how the argument of authority is a logical fallacy and then he quoted Paul Krugman to make an argument about Medicare spending and the deficit.

The book is loaded non-stop with left-wing political views. Personally I would suggest the book You Are Not So Smart. It is for the most part politically neutral and covers 80% of the same information as this book.

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  • Sara
  • 14-06-19

Buy another audiobook

This audiobook is about logical fallacies but it uses fallacies in the examples. It has enough straw man arguments in it to single handily fill every farm in the Midwest. This book also does nothing but push left wing propaganda on its examples. Hitler would be proud of this nonsense. Buy something else

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  • 14-12-20

Lots of undertones

A lot of political undertones. I was hoping to have something void of politics and I was sadly disappointed.

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  • KarenFallows
  • 14-05-19

This should have been amazing but was so dry!

Terrible reader with a monotone voice of such dullness it made me want to sleep.
Great subject matter but the writing is abstract and dry. Was hoping for excellent argument advice but this had little to enthuse me. Such a shame.