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on 23 May 2009
.. because there is no easy way to tell when someone's telling a lie. The book takes us (with scientific rigour) along the excitement of (partial) discoveries, summarizes by types of clues we may have (verbal, gestual), states restrictions (no reason to get a clue if nothing is at stake for the liar) and concludes that there is no surefire way to catch a lie. Seems that le Carre was right in The Perfect Spy (non verbatim quote): 'he discovered that the way to lie uncaught is to forget everything except the ground he's standing on.'
A valuable book for someone making further studies, but for the rest of us this could have been told in half the length.