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This is without a doubt the best introduction to Aristotle that I've come across. Shields has succeeded in presenting the thought of Aristotle in the most digestible, clear and highly readable manner, which is a significant achievement considering the breadth of Aristotle's thought that Shields covers. I agree with D. Frank's comment about Shield's skill in situating Aristotle's views within the wider context of his philosophy in general.
What is unusual in philosophy is good, clear writing, and Shields is an exceptional writer. This I cannot stress enough. Here is one example: 'To work through the details of his [Aristotle's] account of modal syllogistic is to witness the flowering of a mind of logical dexterity manifesting staggering originality and acumen' (p.125). What is more, Shields manages to bring great humour to his writing; some of his comments and examples are really hilarious. I suspect that he thoroughly enjoyed writing this introduction.