Arguments are necessary to persuade. Our ability to influence others is based on our ability to create and communicate sound arguments for our assertions. Anthony Weston’s Rulebook for Arguments is written to increase the quality and therefore strength of anyone’s arguments and help readers to recognize weak arguments. Both of these skills require careful practice.
In Rulebook for Arguments Weston gives simple tips for structuring an argument for maximum impact. His instruction for creating sound arguments supplements careful analysis and examples of poor arguments. Readers will learn how to strengthen simple arguments, avoid common fallacies and objections, and use these skills to create more complex arguments.
I recommend Rulebook for Arguments. Its seventy-two pages are packed with information and examples to help readers to increase their skills in developing sound arguments and in recognizing the fallacies contained in weak arguments.