An Illustrated Book of Loaded Language

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“This is a book for every thinking person, the perfect antidote to today’s culture wars.”
Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl and The Story of More

“After you read this book, you'll never watch news broadcasts or read news articles the same way again. And that's a good thing.”
Jenny Bristol,

An Illustrated Book of Loaded Language uses beautiful pen-and-ink drawings by Alejandro Giraldo and a metaphorical conflict between badgers and rabbits to lay out some of the ways language is shaped by those in power. . . . [The badger-rabbit war] isn’t going to end in our lifetime, but you can still recognize and call out bad-faith rhetoric when you see it.”—Stephen Johnson, Lifehacker

“There are a wealth of examples that exposed this reader to an Alice in Wonderland–like experience of bewilderment and amazement at the myriad ways news reports, advertisers, politicians, and anyone else can exploit language and befuddle the reader. . . . This book should be required reading for all students.”
Manhattan Book Review

Learn to hear what's left unsaid.
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“In this adorably illustrated book, old Mr. Rabbit is your guide to loaded language. He mines real reporting (by respected and rogue media alike) to unmask rhetoric that shifts blame, erases responsibility, dog-whistles, plays on fear, or rewrites history—subtly or shamelessly. It takes a long pair of ears to hear what’s left unsaid—but when the very notion of truth is at stake, listening for 'spin' makes all the difference.”

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I’m thrilled that the project I shared with you all late last year will be out in print this October November. It will look absolutely stunning, with 13+ original illustrations and a gorgeous cover by the always outstanding Alejandro Giraldo.

Transforming the working draft to a hardcover couldn't have been done by a better team. The project is in excellent hands. I’ll be sharing updates and photos on Instagram and Twitter as we get closer to release day.

—A.A., June 22, 2021

Buy the Book

In the United States and Canada, the hardcover is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Bookshop, Indigo, Powell's, and Workman. Worldwide, the book is available on Book Depository, though I've never used it to know how well it works. As the book becomes available in other territories, I'll update this space.

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Book 2 in the Bad Arguments Series

Thank you all so much for making An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments such a fun and longlasting project. It's hard to believe it's been eight years since the summer of 2013 and that the project has reached 3.45 million readers during that time.

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