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An Insult for the Intelligent Reader, 24 Nov. 2013
The author attempted to write a broad book about all possible aspects of social engineering. As he touches all these topics in the book, he often treats subjects in a very shallow manner at length (and at length again) and often demonstrates that he is not very knowledgeable about the treated subject. As an example for the former, we learn that we should ask intelligent questions instead of stupid ones. As an example for the latter, a lot of peripheral topics (sometimes esoteric) are treated by basically copying and pasting a buzzword list from another source without giving it a second thought even if the list is somewhat arbitrary or incomplete. Sometimes wrong sources are cited. For example, a human-communication model by "social scientist" Claude Shannon is presented. Note that Shannon was the inventor of mathematical information theory -- he did not do any sociological modelling. To conclude, the author should have limited himself to his topic of expertise instead of gathering a broad, superficial cut-and-paste patchwork from other sources. But this would probably have reduced the book to 30 pages.