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Overall good information, but half of the book can be skipped. Especially first 2 or 3 chapters - these can be summarised as "Your life will be wonderful if you'll be able to spot a lie". Also last 2 chapters are not really relevant.
And the real information is getting lost in the noise of "how good it would be". I wish the book was shortened like in half, but without the noise.
I'm keen to re-listen the book as the good part of the materials are not easy to settle in and need a revision, but I'm hesitant because it is so full of noise as well.
The general concepts of dissembling are covered but half the book is padding which is both irritating and patronising. If you want to understand the subject start with Paul Ekman's work, this title adds little or nothing to his established work.
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I could not be more disappointed in this book. In short the interesting part of the book was filled with contradictions.
A light read of the book will appear informative, but the problem occurs when over several chapters the information on how to spot a lie is contradicted time and time again.
Later in the book the author reviews the need of businesses to have trained consultants conduct deception audits. I was left with the impression that the entire purpose of the book was so that the author could sell or recommend such services by saying "look I wrote the book on how to spot a lie"
I understand how some readers (especially small and medium business owners) might love the concept of being able to tell, or having a consultant tell them when someone is lying to them. However this book appears to me as dangerously painting a desire to know how to tell if someone is deceiving you, with a science.
If you are interested in exploring the subject I would recommend that you read.
"What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide"
48 of 51 people found this review helpful
A very long introduction and lots of views about when and where lies are okay and not okay. Lots of stories about people being lied to and how they handled it. A whole chapter on how a company might have a "trust audit" done by professionals. A chapter on having a group of people that give you advice.
It is more of a book that would help you track down other resources that, might, tell you how to spot lies.
34 of 36 people found this review helpful