Two-time world champion debater and former coach of the Harvard debate team, Bo Seo tells the story of his life in competitive debating and reveals the timeless secrets of effective communication and persuasion.
During polarizing times, good arguments offer opportunities to enrich our lives for the better, Seo shows. Lucidly recounting anecdotes and observations from his live debate sessions, Seo takes readers on a refreshing and inspiring journey. Delving into topics of communication, rhetoric, debate, and critical thinking, this illuminating book examines the fascinating world of competitive debate and offers much food for thought.
... enlightening ... Drawing on vivid historical vignettes, philosophy, and his own experiences on and off the debate circuit, Seo demonstrates effective methods for 'achieving clarity' and calls out common techniques used to derail and undermine debate, such as the straw man argument, which distorts or misrepresents the original speaker’s position ... Full of intriguing historical snapshots and practical advice, this is an inspiring study of how good-faith arguments can bring people together rather than tear them apart.