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Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit Paperback – 26 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184916424X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849164245
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,019,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'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.

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In Born Liars, Ian Leslie takes the reader on an exhilarating tour of ideas that brings the latest news about deception back from the frontiers of psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy, and explores the role played by lies - both black and white - in our childhoods, our careers, and our health, as well as in advertising, politics, sport and war. Drawing on thinkers as varied as Augustine, Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud and Joni Mitchell, the author argues that, far from being a bug in the human software, lying is central to who we are; that we cannot understand ourselves without first understanding the dynamics of deceit. Born Liars is crammed with gripping stories. We join a young doctor on the beach at Anzio in 1944 as he discovers that the best way to help his wounded patients is to lie to them, to peer inside the mind of Saddam Hussein, hear about a spy who beat a lie detector, and meet a man found guilty of cheating his way to a million pounds on national TV.

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