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The Joy of Argument: 91 Ways to Get More of What You Want, and Less of What You Don’t is a non-fiction self/help, business/philosophy book written by Albert Navarra. The author presents a definition of the term 'argument', shows how the concept evolved from its classical roots, and then proceeds to demonstrate how to make arguments work most efficiently and easily. Each of his methods is treated in a separate section which includes a presentation of the topic, a discussion and, where appropriate, illustrative examples of right and wrong ways to approach that situation, and a summary briefly condensed into a phrase or short sentence entitled "The Key". Some of the topics include: preparing for an argument, maintaining an open mind, listening, and keeping the argument focused on a single issue at a time.
The title of Albert Navarra's non-fiction self-help book, The Joy of Argument: 91 Ways to Get More of What You Want, and Less of What You Don’t initially sounded odd to me. Contemplating it made me wonder at finding any joy at all in arguing until I began reading the opening pages. Then I was hooked. Each of Navarra's ways was solidly argued and seemed to illustrate the very purpose of the work, and it did so brilliantly. The author's writing style maintains a balance of informality and reason that makes reading The Joy of Argument both a pleasant and an enlightening experience. Some of his suggestions seem quite simple to put into practice, while others will take some work for those of us who are ardent in our beliefs and causes, but I found each suggestion to be sound and worth considering. I particularly enjoyed the author's use of current events and culture in his discussions and also found the keys at the back of each section to be quite useful. The Joy of Argument is most highly recommended.