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Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception | [Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, Don Tennant]

Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Aaron 08-30-12
    Aaron 08-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    3.5 stars for story
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    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.

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    Tom Reno, NV, United States 08-28-12
    Tom Reno, NV, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Secrets Revealed to Everyday Encounters"

    Excellent book with practical suggestions on observing what is going on around you. Valuable and interesting. A little slow but...

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    Willie United States 08-27-12
    Willie United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Very interesting and well done."

    This book contains very useful information delivered in a very entertaining manner. It will benefit anyone who is interested in maximizing their communication skills.

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    Paula BLOOMFIELD, NM, United States 08-20-12
    Paula BLOOMFIELD, NM, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    There was some repetition that was not necessary. Good information and examples from the news and public figures.

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    RANDALL JAFFE Arcadia Califonia 08-20-12
    RANDALL JAFFE Arcadia Califonia 08-20-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Really Works, You can spy the lie"
    Would you listen to Spy the Lie again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spy the Lie?

    Reviewing the testimonies or interviews with reporters or police officers of famous liers, Bill Clinton, Jerry Sandusky, OJ Simpson, and actually hear them lying.


    What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is like being in a class taught by the author.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Spy the Lie?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Useful at home, work, with kids, and when watching famous or infamous people talk to the press, or give testimony in court.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maximus Meridius Montreal, QC, Canada 08-19-12
    Maximus Meridius Montreal, QC, Canada 08-19-12
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    "Great content and even more perfect narrator"

    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.

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    Kim Marlboro, NJ, United States 08-19-12
    Kim Marlboro, NJ, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Interesting read that is an easy listen."
    Would you listen to Spy the Lie again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Spy the Lie to and why?

    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.


    What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It felt like a real CIA agent was letting me in on secrets.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great book and an easy listen with a lot of good information.

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    Amazon Customer United States 08-13-12
    Amazon Customer United States 08-13-12
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    "never again can I........"

    never again can I believe a bold face lie even from my own family after learning all the tell signs they give off.

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    JUAN A MICHELENA KEY BISCAYNE, FL USA 08-13-12
    JUAN A MICHELENA KEY BISCAYNE, FL USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"
    What did you like best about Spy the Lie? What did you like least?

    Good analysis on the structure of lies.
    Repetitive at times


    Would you recommend Spy the Lie to your friends? Why or why not?

    Interesting perspective about lie detection.
    Usefull tool for everyday life


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    Very good


    Could you see Spy the Lie being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    Richard MIAMI, FL, United States 08-13-12
    Richard MIAMI, FL, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I can spie the lie"
    If you could sum up Spy the Lie in three words, what would they be?

    More comfort in the commitments of others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Concrete analysis of actual cases


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    I could clearly understand him even when driving around in my noisy diesel pick up truck.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Great interrogations


    Any additional comments?

    Great interrogations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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