Books About Lies

Pamela Meyer, a professional lie detector, is cited by Thu-Huang Ha as defining lying as a “cooperative act.”

“Think about it, a lie has no power whatsoever by its mere utterance. Its power emerges when someone else agrees to believe the lie.”

Ha also noted that Meyer works involve helping people see the sheer ubiquity of the falsehoods one tells and hear — and gives advice on how one might start to combat deception.

Books About LiesFive of Meyer’s favorite books about truth, dishonesty, and all the gray areas in between are listed below based on a piece written by Ha on the popular website

  1. The Post-Truth Era

Ralph Keyes — St. Martin’s Press, 2004

“Keyes, who coined the term ‘post-truth era,’ argues that our modern society is awash in a type of lie that is neither truth nor fiction, but more akin to ‘casual dishonesty.’ An older book that is still relevant today and was way ahead of its time.”

  1. Why Leaders Lie

John J. Mearsheimer — Oxford University Press, 2013

“Lying and diplomacy — a match made in heaven.”

  1. Spy the Lie

Philip Houston et al. — St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013

“Terrific real-world tips on ferreting out lies by three deception experts who worked on counterterrorism and criminal intelligence cases.”

  1. The Liar in Your Life

Robert Feldman — Twelve Books, 2010

“A great book from a University of Massachusetts psychology professor about how and why deception is eroding our culture. This deception expert authored the famous study that found strangers lie to each other about three times in the first ten minutes of meeting each other.”

  1. Tangled Webs

James B. Stewart — Penguin, 2012

“An investigative journalist delves deep into America’s most prominent lies and liars. Stewart focuses on many of the ‘greats,’ including Martha Stewart, Barry Bonds and Bernie Madoff.”

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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