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Being Logical

$17.60

An essential tool for our post-truth world: a witty primer on logic–and the dangers of illogical thinking–by a renowned Notre Dame professor Logic is synonymous with reason, judgment, sense, wisdom, and sanity. Being logical is the ability to create concise and reasoned arguments–arguments that build from given premises, using evidence, to a genuine conclusion. But mastering logical thinking also requires studying and understanding illogical thinking, both to sharpen one’s own skills and to protect against incoherent, or deliberately misleading, reasoning. Elegant, pithy, and precise, Being Logical breaks logic down to its essentials through clear analysis, accessible examples, and focused insights. D. Q. McInerney covers the sources of illogical thinking, from na├»ve optimism to narrow-mindedness, before dissecting the various tactics–red herrings, diversions, and simplistic reasoning–the illogical use in place of effective reasoning. An indispensable guide to using logic to advantage in everyday life, this is a concise, crisply readable book. Written explicitly for the layperson, McInerny’s Being Logical promises to take its place beside Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style as a classic of lucid, invaluable advice. Praise for Being Logical “Highly readable . . . D. Q. McInerny offers an introduction to symbolic logic in plain English, so you can finally be clear on what is deductive reasoning and what is inductive. And you’ll see how deductive arguments are constructed.”–Detroit Free Press “McInerny’s explanatory outline of sound thinking will be eminently beneficial to expository writers, debaters, and public speakers.”–Booklist “Given the shortage of logical thinking,
And the fact that mankind is adrift, if not sinking,
It is vital that all of us learn to think straight.
And this small book by D.Q. McInerny is great.
It follows therefore since we so badly need it,
Everybody should not only but it, but read it.”
–Charles Osgood

Midnight’s Children

$29.20
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all timeWinner of the Booker of Bookers Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts. This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people-a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. Twenty-five years after its publication, Midnight’s Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.

About the Author

Sir SALMAN RUSHDIE is the multi-award winning author of eleven previous novels–Luka and the Fire of Life, Grimus, Midnight’s Children (which won the Booker Prize, 1981, and the Best of the Booker Prize, 2008), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown and The Enchantress of Florence–and one collection of short stories, East, West. He has also published three works of non-fiction: The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991 and Step Across This Line, and coedited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. His memoir, Joseph Anton, published in 2012, became an internationally acclaimed bestseller. It was praised as “the finest memoir…in many a year” (The Washington Post). His books have been translated into over forty languages. He is a former president of American PEN.

Reviews

“Extraordinary . . . one of the most important [novels] to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation.”-The New York Review of Books “The literary map of India is about to be redrawn. . . . Midnight’s Children sounds like a continent finding its voice.”-The New York Times “In Salman Rushdie, India has produced a glittering novelist- one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling.”-The New Yorker “A marvelous epic . . . Rushdie’s prose snaps into playback and flash-forward . . . stopping on images, vistas, and characters of unforgettable presence. Their range is as rich as India herself.”-Newsweek “Burgeons with life, with exuberance and fantasy . . . Rushdie is a writer of courage, impressive strength, and sheer stylistic brilliance.”-The Washington Post Book World “Pure story-an ebullient, wildly clowning, satirical, descriptively witty charge of energy.”-Chicago Sun-Times Extraordinary . . . one of the most important [novels] to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation. The New York Review of Books The literary map of India is about to be redrawn. . . . Midnight s Children sounds like a continent finding its voice. The New York Times In Salman Rushdie, India has produced a glittering novelist one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling. The New Yorker A marvelous epic . . . Rushdie s prose snaps into playback and flash-forward . . . stopping on images, vistas, and characters of unforgettable presence. Their range is as rich as India herself. Newsweek Burgeons with life, with exuberance and fantasy . . . Rushdie is a writer of courage, impressive strength, and sheer stylistic brilliance. The Washington Post Book World Pure story an ebullient, wildly clowning, satirical, descriptively witty charge of energy. Chicago Sun-Times” ” Extraordinary . . . one of the most important [novels] to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation.” – The New York Review of Books ” The literary map of India is about to be redrawn. . . . Midnight’s Children sounds like a continent finding its voice.” – The New York Times ” In Salman Rushdie, India has produced a glittering novelist- one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling.” – The New Yorker ” A marvelous epic . . . Rushdie’s prose snaps into playback and flash-forward . . . stopping on images, vistas, and characters of unforgettable presence. Their range is as rich as India herself.” – Newsweek ” Burgeons with life, with exuberance and fantasy . . . Rushdie is a writer of courage, impressive strength, and sheer stylistic brilliance.” – The Washington Post Book World ” Pure story- an ebullient, wildly clowning, satirical, descriptively witty charge of energy.” – Chicago Sun-Times