Book Cover

Win Every Argument by Mehdi Hasan

How strongly I recommend this book: 7 / 10

Date read: November 30, 2023

Summary / Top Takeaways

Ultimately, Mehdi follows Aristotle’s idea of persuasion – ethos, logos, and especially pathos - but he states that pathos (emotion) often beats logos (logic). Approaching people’s hearts is sometimes more important than logic and facts. We tend to rely on logos in our presentations but when we’re trying to change people’s minds that’s not enough.

Mehdi mentions the importance of ending your speech / argument on a very high note. People tend to remember the beginning and ending of speeches. It’s worth it to spend extra time preparing those sections. He provides great examples of how good orators have used the power of repetition to end their speeches to great effect.

There are a ton of tactics that Mehdi uses to prepare for the big occassion and my notes below will cover those.

Favorite Quotes and Chapter Notes

I went through my notes and captured key quotes from all chapters below.

P.S. – Highly recommend Readwise if you want to get the most out of your reading.

Introduction: The Art of the Argument

Part One: The Fundamentals

Part Two: Tricks of the Trade

Part Three: Behind the Scenes

Part Four: In Conclusion

rss facebook twitter github gitlab youtube mail spotify lastfm instagram linkedin google google-plus pinterest medium vimeo stackoverflow reddit quora quora