• An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

  • By: Ali Almossawi
  • Narrated by: James Gillies
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-12-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ali Almossawi
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (4 ratings)


This book is aimed at newcomers to the field of logical reasoning, particularly those who, to borrow a phrase from Pascal, are so made that they understand best through visuals. I have selected a small set of common errors in reasoning and visualized them using memorable illustrations that are supplemented with lots of examples. The hope is that the reader will learn from these pages some of the most common pitfalls in arguments and be able to identify and avoid them in practice. For the audiobook version, the illustrations have been replaced with short sketches, voiced in a variety of accents.
©2013 Ali Almossawi (P)2013 Ali Almossawi
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3 out of 5 stars
By Zachary on 19-12-15

interesting and entertaining, but unhelpful

I loved the reader's voice; that alone made this worth the money for me, but your mileage may vary. The fallacies are each defined, then illustrated by a brief example, then illustrated again by a creative and entertaining attempt to render the book's visuals in audio format. From what I remember of my logic class, the definitions are accurate and they are easy to understand, and the visuals come across well enough in the audio descriptions. where the book falls down, in my opinion, is that the brief examples AND the visuals often bare little relation to the definition of the fallacy they are supposed to be illuminating; thus, they are little more than entertaining distractions. If you are looking for a bit of fun, this book is enjoyable, but I don't think it will help you learn much.

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2 out of 5 stars
By VC on 15-04-18

Maybe a Better Book in Print

This book was okay, but being clearly designed as a print book, it does not correlate well as an audio book.

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