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Best Debate Books Worth Your Attention

There are countless Debate courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Competitive Debate: The Official Guide (2008)

 Best Debate Books Worth Your AttentionNearly every high school and college in America has a debate club and/or a debate team. There are hundreds of competitions at the county and state level, culminating in heated national competitions. Yet, at many high schools and colleges, coaches are drawn from the history or English departments with little or no experience in the highly structured procedures of this popular discipline. And while competitive debate has been growing each year as a prime academic activity, there have been no popular handbooks to help students and coaches prepare for contests effectively and efficiently. Practical and authoritative, this…
Author(s): Richard Edwards

2. The Tools of Argument: How the Best Lawyers Think, Argue, and Win (2013)

 Best Debate Books Worth Your AttentionJoel Trachtman’s book presents in plain and lucid terms the powerful tools of argument that have been honed through the ages in the discipline of law. If you are a law student or new lawyer, a business professional or a government official, this book will boost your analytical thinking, your foundational legal knowledge, and your confidence as you win arguments for your clients, your organizations or yourself. For more information, go to #11,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1 in Trial Practice (Books) #22 in Law (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller…
Author(s): Joel P. Trachtman

3. Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion, Updated Edition (2013)

 Best Debate Books Worth Your AttentionVerbal Judo is the martial art of the mind and mouth that can show you how to be better prepared in every verbal encounter. Listen and speak more effectively, engage people through empathy (the most powerful word in the English language), avoid the most common conversational disasters, and use proven strategies that allow you to successfully communicate your point of view and take the upper hand in most disputes.Verbal Judo offers a creative look at conflict that will help you defuse confrontations and generate cooperation from your spouse, your…
Author(s): George J. Thompson, Jerry B. Jenkins

4. Speak Out! Debate and Public Speaking in the Middle Grades (2005)

 Best Debate Books Worth Your Attention“Combining the practical and theoretical, Speak Out! teaches students the basics of public speaking, argumentation, and research, and helps them prepare for debate competitions and classroom debates. Exercises give students hands-on experience with important topics.” #256,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #198 in Public Speaking Reference #101 in Speech Communications #213 in Speech Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): John Meany, Kate Shuster

5. A Rulebook for Arguments (2018)

 Best Debate Books Worth Your AttentionFrom academic writing to personal and public discourse, the need for good arguments and better ways of arguing is greater than ever before. This timely fifth edition of A Rulebook for Arguments sharpens an already-classic text, adding updated examples and a new chapter on public debates that provides rules for the etiquette and ethics of sound public dialogue as well as clear and sound thinking in general. #17,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2 in Logic (Books) #23 in Rhetoric (Books) #12 in Philosophy of Logic & Language Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you…
Author(s): Anthony Weston

6. How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday (1996)

 Best Debate Books Worth Your AttentionThe Laws of Arguing According to Gerry Spence1. Everyone is capable of making the winning argument.2. Winning is getting what we want, which also means helping “others” get what they want.3. Learn that words are a weapon, and can be used hostilely in combat.4. Know that there is always a “biological advantage” of delivering the TRUTH.5. Assault is not argument.6. Use fear as an ally in pubic speaking or in argument. Learn to convert its energy.7. Let emotions show and don’t discourage passion.8. Don’t be blinded by brilliance.9. Learn to speak with the body. The…
Author(s): Gerry Spence

7. Issues for Debate in American Public Policy: Selections from CQ Researcher (2019)

 Best Debate Books Worth Your AttentionWritten by award-winning CQ Researcher journalists, this annual collection of nonpartisan and thoroughly researched reports focuses on 16 hot-button policy issues. With reports ranging from racial profiling to prescription drug costs, the Twentieth Edition of Issues for Debate in American Public Policy promotes in-depth discussion, facilitates further research, and helps readers formulate their own positions on crucial policy issues. And because it is CQ Researcher, the policy reports are expertly researched and written, showing readers all sides of an issue.    Because this annual volume comes together just months before…
Author(s): CQ Researcher

8. The Enduring Debate: Classic and Contemporary Readings in American Politics (Seventh Edition) (2013)

 Best Debate Books Worth Your AttentionA combination of classic and contemporary readings, featuring a debate-format section in each chapter. Every chapter includes a blend of readings―from scholarly and popular sources, long and short readings, and 30 percent new to this edition. About one-fourth of the readings are classics, while the remaining three-fourths are contemporary. Each begins with a headnote explaining the significance of the piece and concludes with discussion questions that help students think critically about what they’ve just read. Finally, each chapter includes one “Debate” section, two or more readings exploring the…
Author(s): David T. Canon, John J. Coleman, et al.

9. Policy Debate: A Guide for High School and College Debaters (2016)

 Best Debate Books Worth Your AttentionIn Policy Debate: A Guide for High School and College Debaters, Shawn F. Briscoe introduces educators, coaches, and students at the high school and college levels to the concepts at the foundation of policy debate, also known as cross-examination debate, and uses conceptual analysis and real-world examples to help students engage in competitive debates and deploy winning strategies. Briscoe addresses all aspects of policy debate, including stock issues, judging paradigms and effective engagement with judges, the responsibilities of both…
Author(s): Shawn F. Briscoe

10. The Great Debate: A Handbook for Policy Debate and Public Forum Debate (2013)

 Best Debate Books Worth Your Attentionprovides students a premier resource for learning the art of debate and developing the skills they need to succeed in the debate round, in the classroom, and in the real world. Written in a conversational style with the debate student in mind, this book begins by discussing general debate principles and then offers specific insights into the numerous facets of both public forum debate and policy debate. From basics to more advanced topics, The Great Debate is an invaluable resource for debaters of all experience levels. introduces public forum debate, a recent…
Author(s): Jonathan A Wolfson

11. The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning (2015)

 Best Debate Books Worth Your Attention“Can learning logic be fun? With The Fallacy Detective it appears that it can be. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve his reasoning skills.”–Tim Challies, curriculum reviewer”Cartoon and comic illustrations, humorous examples, and a very reader-friendly writing style make this the sort of course students will enjoy.”–Cathy Duffy, homeschool curriculum reviewer”I really like The Fallacy Detective because it has funny cartoons, silly stories, and teaches you a lot!”–11 Year OldWhat is a fallacy? A…
Author(s): Nathaniel Bluedorn, Hans Bluedorn , et al.

12. The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left (2014)

 Best Debate Books Worth Your AttentionIn The Great Debate, Yuval Levin explores the roots of the left/right political divide in America by examining the views of the men who best represented each side at its origin: Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. Striving to forge a new political path in the tumultuous age of the American and French revolutions, these two ideological titans sparred over moral and philosophical questions about the nature of political life and the best approach to social change: radical and swift, or gradual and incremental. The division they articulated continues to shape our political life today.Essential…
Author(s): Yuval Levin

13. Burden of Proof: An Introduction to Argumentation and Guide to Parliamentary Debate (2005)

 Best Debate Books Worth Your AttentionMark Crossman’s text introduces students to argumentation theories associated with testing arguments and reasoning, and encourages the use of these tests of arguments during debating. The text describes the theories and practices associated with NPDA style parliamentary debate, and provides an overview of the basics of ”parli” debate. Burden of Proof includes chapters focusing on the following areas: the stock issues associated with arguing propositions of fact, value, and policy; refutation and the strategic considerations pertaining to the duties of the various speakers in a…
Author(s): Mark Crossman

Best Debate Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some debate books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

View from the Right, Volume II: Systems and Debates

Author(s): Alain de Benoist
ID: 2404187, Publisher: Arktos Media, Year: 24 Aug 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

Rethinking Cybercrime: Critical Debates

Author(s): Tim Owen, Jessica Marshall
ID: 2815157, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Debating Equal Pay for All: Economy, Practicability and Ethics

Author(s): Anders Örtenblad
ID: 2867217, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really chart-busters according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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