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Book Review: Thank You for Arguing

Posted by BGF FitnessSite on November 28, 2017 at 5:20 PM

Book Review: Thank You for Arguing

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I’ve been inching along with Jay Heinrich’s, "Thank You for Arguing” for months now; and today, while listening to "The Four Hour Work Week," I decided that I won’t be finishing it. In so many words, Timothy Ferriss said, if you don’t love a book or article, or anything you’ve started, then for the love of god, don’t finish. And you know what? He’s right. I’m not going to force myself to finish “Thank You for Arguing.”

I lost interest in this book for a number of reasons, and I’ll share a few with the assumption that, based on my reasoning, you’ll be drawn towards the book, deterred from it, or hey you might just decide not to finish this blog, and that’s okay too….

Because new motto: If you don’t love it, don’t finish it. Thanks Tim.

I enjoy books on historical non-fiction, entrepreneurship, self-help, and spirituality. I’ve read The Power of Now, Invincible Living, and most of Bonnie Gray’s, Finding Spiritual Whitespace, in the time it has taken me to get to page 261 of 444 in Thank You for Arguing, if that serves any indication.

This book was (clearly) not my typical read, but if you enjoy this kind of non-fiction or perceive that you need to hone in on the art of persuasion, you might like it. If you love logic in the way that the erudite faction from Divergent loves logic, then you might love it.

Heinrich skillfully discussed the origins of persuasion. However, his examples and tips for use were oversimplified. I’m still not sure if the author has odd humor, or purposely meant to insult his readers' intelligence – it didn’t become clear.

I was completely lost when he inaccurately cited the origin of the “N” word, and I’m just not sure why he even had to go there to begin with. You’ve got to have your facts straight in a book about arguing in persuasion, right?

I enjoyed his lesson on the importance of “tense” in persuasion.

If you want to place blame, speak in past tense.

If you want to connect/appeal with values, speak in present tense.

If you want to help your audience make a choice, speak in future tense.


I laughed and called my sister after reading the following, “Argument Tool Opinion Switch: When an argument is doomed to go against you, heartily support the other side.”

Not so helpful.

My final thought? I don’t love this book, but you might.

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