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5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of anecdotes, 11 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust That Society Needs to Thrive (Hardcover)
I greatly enjoyed reading this book; every few minutes, it seemed, I'd pick up my iPad to look up a name or event mentioned in passing. Schneier does a great job collecting anecdotes and linking them to his central thesis, and if you enjoy interesting anecdotes and experimental results on trust you'll enjoy this book. The central point of the book was well-argued, but seemed to me fairly self-evident; I read the author's blog, so quite possibly I am not the target audience. The diagrams every few pages also struck me as a bit too straightforward; I appreciate the author's attempts to create a system by which to logically structure/think about incentives, but I felt it somewhat incongruous with the light, anecdotal style of the rest of the book. I also, as a computer scientist, would have enjoyed a bit more technical detail.

Having said that, this book is an excellent introduction to the issues surrounding trust in a changing, technological world. I've given it 5 stars for this reason; I believe that it is perfectly placed for its intended audience. For a reader already somewhat knowledgeable in the field, it's a great compendium of fun facts though, and still well worth a read.
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