The Little Blue Reasoning Book

50 Powerful Principles for Clear and Effective Thinking

Winner, International Book Awards
Gold Medal Winner, President’s Book Awards

Front cover of The Little Blue Reasoning Book by Brandon RoyalFor Reasoning Aficionados from all Walks of Life!

The Little Blue Reasoning Book is based on a simple but powerful observation: Individuals who develop outstanding reasoning and thinking skills do so primarily by mastering a limited number of the most important reasoning principles and concepts, which they use over and over again. What are these recurring principles and concepts? The answer to this question is the basis of this book. Interwoven within the book’s five chapters — Perception & Mindset, Creative Thinking, Decision Making, Analyzing Arguments, and Mastering Logic — are 50 reasoning tips that summarize the common themes behind classic reasoning problems and situations. Appendixes contain summaries of fallacious reasoning, analogies, trade-offs, and a review of critical reading skills.


“A wonderful work that shows how reasoning is challenging, yet engaging, rewarding and fun. Because reasoning involves people, it is an art as well as a science. And to remind ourselves just why it’s not always easy to mix the two, we owe a cheerful salute to Nobel prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann who observed: ‘Think how hard physics would be if particles could think.’” —Dr. William A. McEachern, author, award-winning teacher, and founding editor of The Teaching Economist