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Publisher's Summary

How does society function when you can't trust everyone?

When we think about trust, we naturally think about personal relationships or bank vaults. That's too narrow. Trust is much broader, and much more important. Nothing in society works without trust. It's the foundation of communities, commerce, democracy - everything.

In this insightful and entertaining book, Schneier weaves together ideas from across the social and biological Science & Technologys to explain how society induces trust. He shows how trust works and fails in social settings, communities, organizations, countries, and the world.

In today's hyper-connected society, understanding the mechanisms of trust is as important as understanding electricity was a century ago. Issues of trust and security are critical to solving problems as diverse as corporate responsibility, global warming, and our moribund political system. After listening to Liars and Outliers, you'll think about social problems, large and small, differently.

About the author: Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist who studies the human side of security. He is the author of 11 books; and hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, and is regularly quoted in the press. His blog and monthly newsletter at www.schneier.com reach over devoted 250,000 devoted readers world-wide.

©2012 Bruce Schneier (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The closest thing the security industry has to a rock star." ( The Register)
"A rich, insightfully fresh take on what security really means!" (David Ropeik, author of How Risky is it, Really?)

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Good to understand trust

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if u are interested in trust in society.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive?

The history of trust from (very) ancient times.

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

From the audio, I do understand his English (Im a Spanish speaker), so that's enough for me to say the audio is just fine.

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

Do you trust me?

Any additional comments?

It's different from other Schneier books (Secrets and Lies, Beyond Fear) and he concentrates only in trust (a part of security). So it was interesting to know about this field, but it was not (for me) THE Book like the ones I just mentioned. Anyway, nice audio book.

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One of the most useful books I have read.

I constantly reference this book.
I have used the information I learned in this book to pass several of the management classes in my university degree program.

I reference this book to my autistic son all the time.

My son and I often do not understand why "normal" people do some of the things they do. This book has explained many of them.

I initially read it as part of my decade long studies of computer security. I was unaware it would offer so much insight into human motivations.
Mr. Schneier is one of my heroes.
I have read many books because they were in the bibliography of this book.

I have repeatedly listened to it.

I have purchased this book in ebook and dead tree format and given it to several people.

I highly recommend this book!

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Easy listening but content bit thin

More discussion on practical steps to increase trust at individual and societal level rather than just a discussion at the last chapter

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A thorough summary of everything you already know

I was looking for new thoughts on this topic, but found nothing. Instead Schneier merely explains fairly obvious things about the incentives and trust dynamics in countless situations. No solutions are proposed, and no new systems are explained. Personally, I found this book a waste of time.

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Not very capturing, some mistakes

What didn’t you like about Reese Emery’s performance?

Various mistakes in the recordings.

Any additional comments?

The book is very bullet-point oriented, with less of a story line to capture the attention.