Audie Award Nominee, Business and Educational, 2013
Three former CIA officers - among the world’s foremost authorities on recognizing deceptive behavior - share their proven techniques for uncovering a lie.
Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences.
As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior. Spy the Lie chronicles the captivating story of how they used a methodology Houston developed to detect deception in the counterterrorism and criminal investigation realms, and shows how these techniques can be applied in our daily lives.
Through fascinating anecdotes from their intelligence careers, the authors teach listeners how to recognize deceptive behaviors, both verbal and nonverbal, that we all tend to display when we respond to questions untruthfully. For the first time, they share with the general public their methodology and their secrets to the art of asking questions that elicit the truth.
Spy the Lie is a game-changer. You may never experience another book that has a more dramatic impact on your career, your relationships, or your future.
©2012 Philip Houston, Susan Carnicero, Don Tennant, Michael Floyd (P)2012 Macmillan
3.5 stars for story
4 stars for narration
I found the book informative on the subject and the content credible. Diagrams not present in the audio format sometimes presented a challenge in deciphering what was being said.
My biggest complaint in the writing style of the author, was his frequent reference to a subject being discussed, and then saying 'we will study this more in depth in later chapters'. This happened often enough that I started to wonder when we would discuss these subjects, and by the time we did I had forgotten what we were talking about earlier. This may have worked better in written form, but in audio form it became a distraction for me.
My other complaint was that I did not care for the anecdotal style of writing. I would have preferred more hard and fast details about analyzing behavior with specific examples (which did happen often later in the book). In the end, the method was revealed, and there were a number of helpful hints and strategies to help one negotiate such the subtle art of understanding behavioral "tells".
I would recommend this to anyone interested in the subject.
Excellent book with practical suggestions on observing what is going on around you. Valuable and interesting. A little slow but...
This book contains very useful information delivered in a very entertaining manner. It will benefit anyone who is interested in maximizing their communication skills.
There was some repetition that was not necessary. Good information and examples from the news and public figures.
To learn and utilize the basic skills of catching people in a lie. Once you hear someone respond just like the book says they will when they lie, it becomes very noticeable. I lied about something and after thinking about what I learned in the book, I realized I did exactly what the book said i would do if I was lying.
Reviewing the testimonies or interviews with reporters or police officers of famous liers, Bill Clinton, Jerry Sandusky, OJ Simpson, and actually hear them lying.
It is like being in a class taught by the author.
I will definitely be more aware of the common ploys liars use, eg. "why are you asking me that question?" instead of just answering the question.
Useful at home, work, with kids, and when watching famous or infamous people talk to the press, or give testimony in court.
Psychology has always been a field of interest for me. And the information in this book definitely add to what I have learned so far. To me, what is even more important is the fantastic job that Fred Berman does. Who ever is in charge of assigning the narrators to their books, couldn't pick anyone more suitable.
I loved everything about it and would definitely recommend.
Although I am buying the book too as to me it is a sort of reference.
Yes. There are certainly things I missed on the first listen because I found myself thinking back to various personal situations with a new understanding...or a confirmation of a suspicion.
You could compare it to What Every Body is Saying as others have, but I found I preferred Spy the Lie because of the writing. Both books give very useful information.
It felt like a real CIA agent was letting me in on secrets.
That my instincts about people's truthfulness is right on the money and the book verbalized what I instinctually knew. I can now take the methods and methodically apply them which is very helpful.
It's a great book and an easy listen with a lot of good information.
Good analysis on the structure of lies.
Repetitive at times
Interesting perspective about lie detection.
Usefull tool for everyday life
More comfort in the commitments of others.
Concrete analysis of actual cases
I could clearly understand him even when driving around in my noisy diesel pick up truck.
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