Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit Paperback – 26 May 2011
There is a newer edition of this item:
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
'A dazzling exploration of this universal trait, from an exciting new talent. Read Born Liars, and you'll be stimulated, surprised, and thoroughly entertained. Believe me' Richard Wiseman.
'Born Liars is a genuine achievement: a lively, engaging read that also makes a bold argument about the role of lying in our lives' Steven Johnson.
'An absolutely fascinating tour of this most uniquely human of talents: the ability to lie' Jonah Lehrer.
'Born Liars reads like the very best of detective stories - an illuminating, surprising and highly entertaining investigation of our daily lies' Kate Fox.
'...consistently startling and fascinating book ... It's erudite yet wears its learning lightly and is full of terrific stories. It will also make you see yourself, and the world around you, in a new light' Daily Mail.
'His range of references is fascinating ... I loved the irony and ingenuity of this book' The Times.
Ian Leslie takes us on a fascinating journey which makes us question not only our own relationship to the truth, but also virtually every daily encounter we have. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
I enjoyed this book immensely at as it very clearly outlines the various philosophies influencing truth and lies over centuries of human existence. For instance the difference between lying in the West as opposed to the East was very nicely explained.
And lastly the book is very nicely presented for the lay-person instead of being directed to the academics, in my opinion.
The only downside is it sometimes seems a little haphazard, cutting in and out of some trains of thought (no pun intended) and then returning to them suddenly later on in a chapter.
Reading the Kindle edition, it's not clear where chapters start and end since in-chapter headings are formatted the same as chapter headings.
The title blurb and cover picture do not do it justice.
The author has covered some material about the brain and the way we use it which you may have come across before. However, the way this is drawn together and presented to focus on the subject of lying is excellent.
There are really some very interesting and seemingly incongruous chapters eg on child development and the Iraq war, and others which pull together an illustrative understanding of the material in a very effective way.
If you want to be pushed to consider how many lies you tell in every day life and why they may be necessary, read this.
With such a breadth of material considered, this is a great synopsis of the current and past research into this area. Easy to read and digest, it'll leave you pondering its insight for days.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Look for similar items by category