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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (September 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444117181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444117189
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #423,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'It is neither a dry nor weighty tome, but is jam-packed with raw rational sense. It will give you techniques for identifying fallacies and false arguments. It will help protect you from the devious subterfuges of politicians and preachers, journalists and jingoists. It is sweet manna from a rational heaven. Thouless describes 38 dishonest tricks that are commonly used in arguments (there may be more). ' answersingenes.blogspot.com "Straight and Crooked Thinking remains one of the most succinct and practically-applicable books ever written. One blogger named it as his favorite book of all time, describing it as "a concise work of supreme genius." http://neglectedbooks.com "...put it back on the mass market, where it belongs! (...) get it on every bookshelf on the planet." http://answersingenes.blogspot.com/2007/11/straight-crooked-thinking.html

About the Author

Born in 1894, Robert Thouless was a psychologist. He was Head of the Department of Psychology in Glasgow until 1938, after which he became Reader and Reader Emeritus at Cambridge. He specialised in logic, rationality and the study of responses to the paranormal and wrote several titles in addition to this one. He died in 1984.

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HASH(0xa30dbf6c) out of 5 stars Review of Straight and Crooked Thinking May 30 2000
By Gary Henriksen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book should be required reading for anyone that takes public policy issues seriously. It explains the various techniques and ploys by which emotionally loaded words and various debating tricks can transform an intellectually honest debate into a propaganda campaign, and gives techniques to counter these ploys. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35e78dc) out of 5 stars An excellent book, amazingly pertinent today Oct. 27 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although written at the end of the 1930's, the book is amazingly relevant today and one of the most clearly presented and well thought-out books of its kind that I've ever read. It is well worth your time.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa38eb150) out of 5 stars Helps one to keep focussed on the main issues in a debate. Oct. 22 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most useful books that I have ever read. The author points out how debates are often lead away from the main issues by using arguments that appeal to emotion rather than to facts.He clearly describes how it is done and how to avoid being lead away from the issues by such devices. Important reading for anyone who has been in a debate and wonders why the opponent didn't sound convincing and yet you were unable to answer him/her!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35e74bc) out of 5 stars Invaluable July 8 2006
By JLMK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In my biased opinion, this ranks as one of the finest books on the subject of critical thinking. Unfortunately, it is highly priced on Amazon.com, but one can find cheaper alternatives on the internet. Thouless focuses a lot on how social proof, and other biases do impede one's ability to think rationally, especially when facts are not conclusive, or when there are more than two plausible arguments in a given scenario. Good for policy makers, students, regular folks, and people who routinely make decisions under uncertainty.
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HASH(0xa35e74e0) out of 5 stars His destruction of his grandfathers work??? July 8 2014
By Michael J. Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The copy I received doesn't have this cover, it has the cover of the kindle edition which is an updated edition by R.H. Thouless grandson C.R. Thouless???...So basically this a different book, atleast that's what I take away from the last paragraph of the preface-" No doubt my personal political views, together with those of my grandfather, are apparent from selection of examples, and I am no more impartial or immune to crooked thinking than any of my readers. I must apologize, but if a book such as this is to deal with controversial topics it is not possible to avoid some personal bias. In selecting topics for discussion I have necessarily chosen those which have struck me. It is always easier to find examples of crooked thinking in the words of one's opponents than in those on one's friends. ((( The selection of material has necessarily been affected{GROSSLY] by differences between my interests and those of my grandfather=[HE SHOULD HAVE COPIED HIS GRANDFATHERS WORK AND LEFT HIS OPINION FOR ANOTHER BOOK OR SUBJECT]... I cannot claim to APPROACH MY GRANDFATHERS KNOWLEDGE OR UNDERSTANDING{ NO KIDDING???] In religious matters and for this reason they have received less emphasis than earlier editions.My professional training is in ecology and animal behavior, and most of my adult life has been spent working on wildlife conservation in Africa...((( It's too late to return this drivel, but, I can use it to stabilize a chair...The title should be changed to "How I destroyed my grandfathers masterpiece"...