Pros and Cons offers a unique and invaluable guide to current controversies, providing material for debate on a wide range of topics. Arguments for and against each subject appear in adjacent columns for easy comparison and related topics and suggestions for motions are listed at the end of each entry. Since its first publication in 1896 the handbook has been regularly updated and this 18th edition includes new issues such as censorship of the internet, genetic engineering and legalisation of prostitution. The introductory essay describes debating technique: covering the rules, structure and types of debate and offering tips on how to become a successful speaker. The book is then divided into 6 thematic sections, where specific subjects are covered individually.