Top positive review
14 people found this helpful
Best review of deception detection available
on 16 July 2010
This is a comprehensive, balanced and up to date review of research on detecting deception, written by a world leading researcher. It is well written and should appeal to a general educated readership as well as researchers and practitoners. The book should not be mistaken for one of the many airport-shop self-help guides which this field seems to be infested with. Read one of them and you will merely add misinformation and noise to your understanding (e.g., the concept of using body language to 'read' peoples' intentions is generally speaking nonsense), whereas this book will give you usable information both about the pitfalls of detecting deception (people, including law enforcement personnel, are much worse at it than they believe) and the promise of approaches that do seem to improve the reliability of lie detection.