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An Illustrated Book of Loaded Language

learn to hear what's left unsaid

Ali Almossawi Alejandro Giraldo



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Scribe Publications
04 May 2022
The creators of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments return at last with a desperately timely guide to rhetoric.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators packed the city's streets on Friday. The actual count was 250,000. Why tens of thousands, then, and not a quarter million?

The grocer takes woke orders on its brands from a 17-year-old. The nameless 17-year-old's opinion seems not worth considering. At what age will it be?

Rabbits zapped three badgers in an ambush last night, hours after six rabbits in a neighbouring town lost their lives. Were the six rabbits the sole participants in losing their own lives? Those silly rabbits . . .

In this adorably illustrated book, old Mr. Rabbit is your guide to these and many more examples of loaded language. He mines real reporting (by respected and rogue media alike) to unmask rhetoric that shifts blame, erases responsibility, dog-whistles, plays on fear, or rewrites history - subtly or shamelessly. It takes a long pair of ears to hear what's left unsaid - but when the very notion of truth is at stake, listening for spin makes all the difference.

Praise for An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments- 'I love this illustrated book of bad arguments. A flawless compendium of flaws.' -Prof. Alice Roberts, anatomist, presenter of the BBC's The Incredible Human Journey

Praise for An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments- 'A wonderfully digestible summary of the pitfalls and techniques of argumentation. I can't think of a better way to be taught or reintroduced to these fundamental notions of logical discourse. A delightful little book.' -Aaron Koblin, former Creative Director of the Data Arts team at Google

Praise for An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments- ' A handsome newcomer's guide to the world of logic ... Almossawi and his McSweeney's-ready artist Giraldo accessibly tackle such classic subjects as circular reasoning, false dilemma, straw man, appeal to ignorance, and genetic fallacy ... an attractive, substantive read.' -John Wenzel, Denver Post
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Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 184mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   394g
ISBN:   9781922585448
ISBN 10:   1922585440
Pages:   96
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ali Almossawi (Author) Ali Almossawi is an alumnus of MIT's engineering systems division and Carnegie Mellon's school of computer science. His books include An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, An Illustrated Book of Loaded Language, and Bad Choices. His writing has appeared in publications such as Wired. He works and lives in San Francisco. Alejandro Giraldo (Author) Alejandro Giraldo holds a degree in graphic design from UPB Medellin and a master's in art direction from ELISAVA (the Barcelona School of Design and Engineering). He runs the clothing company Velmost and works as a freelance illustrator. He lives in Medellin, Colombia.

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