Win Every Argument
The New York Times bestseller
Win Every Argument is the ultimate guide to debate, persuasion and public speaking, by award-winning British-American journalist Mehdi Hasan.
‘Indispensable’ – Naomi Klein
Arguments are everywhere – and especially given the fierce debates we’re all embroiled in today, everyone wants to win. In this riveting guide to the art of argument and rhetoric, Mehdi Hasan shows you how to communicate with confidence, rise above the tit for tats on social media, and triumph in a successful and productive debate in the real world.
Hasan isn’t one to avoid arguments. He relishes them, as the lifeblood of democracy and the only surefire way to establish the truth. Arguments help us solve problems, uncover new ideas we might not have considered, and nudge our disagreements toward mutual understanding. A good argument, made in good faith, has intrinsic value – and can also simply be fun.
As a journalist, anchor, and interviewer who has clashed with politicians, generals, spy chiefs, and celebrities from across the world, Hasan reveals his tricks of the trade for the first time. Whether you are making a presentation at work or debating current political issues with a friend, Hasan will teach you how to sharpen your speaking skills to make the winning case.
‘A masterclass from one of the most formidable debaters and interviewers of our time’ – Riz Ahmed
A masterclass from one of the most formidable debaters and interviewers of our time -- Riz Ahmed A tour de force! There is no better debater than Mehdi and this riveting read will help transform the most shy and retiring speaker into a charismatic polemicist. A masterclass. -- Owen Jones Mehdi Hasan relishes controversy and winning arguments. This is a combative and engaging 'How To' book for wannabe great performers in the studio and in public debate -- Jonathan Dimbleby Packed with tips and techniques, as well as insights into the historical importance of disputes, negotiations and rows. Dale Carnegie focused on friends but Hasan has written its contemporary equivalent - How to Win Arguments and Influence People -- Susanna Reid Whether it's by the art of gentle persuasion or a full-on onslaught, if there's one person who knows the art of winning an argument it's the formidable Mehdi Hasan. I like to think I'm not bad at it, but I learned so much from reading this book -- Iain Dale I refused to write this blurb for Mehdi Hasan. He won that argument! Now I am doing it. That's how good he is at arguing! I better start reading, quick -- Judd Apatow A masterpiece of rhetorical argument and effective persuasion! From Demosthenes to Churchill, Cicero to Martin Luther King, Hasan lays bare the essential elements of how to delight, instruct, and move an audience -- Cornel West Mehdi is a generationally talented interviewer. He has mastered his craft and in this book he generously spills his secrets -- Jonathan Swan Mehdi was one of the toughest interviews I did in the White House . . . includes the kind of specific advice and applicable tactics that will make readers want to finish the book and immediately go find a sparring partner -- Jen Psaki, former White House Press Secretary Inside our digital echo chambers, it is far too easy to forgo persuasion in favor of performance. Yet Hasan reminds us that we will never change the world unless we change people's minds. An indispensable handbook for our high-stakes and polarized times -- Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine Hugely entertaining, deeply knowledgeable, and filled with illuminating tips and stories . . . Read this book to find your own voice while learning both the art and history of persuasion. -- Ben Rhodes, author of After the Fall Illuminating insights on persuasion. Readers will be won over by this perceptive guide -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
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