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Concise Book of Lying

ISBN-10: 0312420471

ISBN-13: 9780312420475

Edition: 2002 (Revised)

Authors: Evelin Sullivan

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One bright morning in the third century B.C. the philosopher Diogenes set out with a lantern in search of an honest man. His doomed gesture makes the point clear: in some way or another, we are all liars. In The Concise Book of Lying, professor Sullivan tackles this most pervasive of sins, using history and mythology, anecdote and analysis to shed light—pace the first cynic—on our long relationship with deception. The book opens with a cross-cultural survey of the important—and ambiguous—role lying plays in a wealth of early texts and stories, from the Bible to myths about those most inventive liars, tricksters. A Burton of deception, Sullivan asks what motivates people to lie; what mechanisms are involved in creating an effective lie; and what the costs are once we've decided to commit one. Society, dependent on truth telling, has responded with countermeasures, from the medieval "ordeal" to the dubious lie detector test, but the fact is that millennia of practice have made us experts at deceit. Touching on philosophy, literature, history, and psychology, The Concise Book of Lying is an erudite tour of the twilit realm of trickery.
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Picador
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Evelyn Sullivan is the author of four novels, including "The Dead Magician" & "The Correspondence". Born & raised in Munich, she lives in Redwood City, California & teaches technical writing at Stanford University.

Prologuep. xi
In the Beginning
The Bible: A Casebookp. 3
Deception at First Lightp. 29
The Anatomy of Lying
Why Liars Liep. 55
How to Weave, and Sell, a Tangled Webp. 86
The High Cost of Lyingp. 118
The Lying Mind
Liars, Liars, Liars!p. 151
Deep Down, I Knew ...p. 162
Lie Detection Modern and Ancient
The APEX Truth Meterp. 189
The Ordealp. 211
Lying to the Enemy
Generals, Greeks, and Other Liarsp. 229
The Briar Patch Revisitedp. 254
Even Educated Flies Do Itp. 273
Epiloguep. 293
Notesp. 295
Bibliographyp. 313
Acknowledgmentsp. 321
Indexp. 323
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