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Born Liars

We All Do It But Which One Are You - Psychopath, Sociopath or Little White Liar?

By Ian Leslie

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Ian Leslie takes us on a fascinating journey which makes us question not only our own relationship to the truth, but also virtually every daily encounter we have.

We all do it - how to be a better liar, spot a charlatan and tell the difference between truth and fiction

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.

After reading Born Liars you'll never think about lies - or life - in quite the same way again.

Biographical Notes

Ian Leslie lives in London, combining careers in advertising and writing. His first book, To Be President, was described by Adam Boulton as 'brilliantly capturing the drama and emotion of Obama's successful run for the White House'. He regularly appears as an analyst of American politics on Sky and the BBC. He has written about politics, culture, marketing, and psychology for Prospect, the Guardian and The Times.

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  • ISBN: 9781786484550
  • Publication date: 27 Jul 2017
  • Page count: 400
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