This is the second book I have read from the Bluedorns. The first was the The Thinking Toolbox. The Bluedorns sent me this book to review. It is titled The Fallacy Detective and was written by Nathaniel & Hans Bluedorn.
They again have done a wonderful job of laying out fallacies in a way that is easy to understand. It is broken down into 36 lessons, so you can 1 per day if you wish. The problems they have at the end of each section are great, and build on each other. Don’t forget to try out the Fallacy Game they provide at the end of the book. You’ll have a blast while learning.
I have been using this book to watch my own writings and the comments I receive on my blog so I will improve. It has been very helpful. I read a section a day and then try to apply it to my writings and questions from commenters. I have learned to recognize many of the fallacies quickly, and not get drawn into the traps that others are trying to set for me. I don’t always succeed at that, but I am improving thanks to the Bluedorns. Keep up the good work, guys.
I would recommend this book to all writers, politicians, whether you are a novice or an expert. There is always some little tidbit of knowledge to learn. I have learned a lot. I would stick to the recommendation on this book that it be read or studied by teenagers and above. Most younger kids would not understand the differences between the fallacies.
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