Strategic Argumentation in Parliamentary Debate, 2nd Edition 2nd Edition
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- Item Weight : 4 ounces
- Paperback : 95 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1492938599
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492938590
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.24 x 8 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (October 8, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is straightforward in its language and very accessible but I think the accessibility of the language reduces the book to an altogether simplistic discussion of parliamentary debate which, for a book, leaves the reader a bit wanting for more. For example, the author commits two, sparse, pages to flowing-- a crucial concept for maintaining proper organization in debate. Or, another example, in discussing the substance of a capitalism K the author simply writes:
"Any plan that uses a capitalist system endorses capitalism. Capitalism is bad, they make it stronger, and here are a bunch of reasons why cap is bad."
While K's are not typical in Parli, at the present moment, this simple explanation was a bit too much of an overview.
I will, however, grant that the author's stated goal is to "provide an overview of debate, specific outlines for debate formats, and extremely clear and easy to understand explanations of how to debate." In this regard the author is absolutely successful. I just wanted, and hoped for, more. It's the perfect book for a coach or a more advanced debater, I think it may actually be a little too simple for a fresh novice debater.
EDIT: Afterthought-- the internal format of the text as a little confusing at times. It needs better titles and internal signposts to distinguish each section from the other...