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Pamela Meyer recommends

Further reading on dishonesty and lie detection.

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    The Post-Truth Era

    Ralph Keyes
    St. Martin's Press, 2004

    This author, who coined the term 'post-truth era,' argues that our modern society is awash in a type of lie that is neither truth nor fiction, but more akin to 'casual dishonesty.' An older book that is still relevant today and was way ahead of its time.

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    Why Leaders Lie

    John J. Mearsheimer
    Oxford University Press, 2013

    Lying and diplomacy — a match made in heaven.

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    Spy the Lie

    Philip Houston et al.
    St. Martin's Griffin, 2013

    Terrific real-world tips on ferreting out lies, by three deception experts who worked on counterterrorism and criminal intelligence cases.

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    The Liar in Your Life

    Robert Feldman
    Twelve Books, 2010

    A great book from a University of Massachusetts psychology professor about how and why deception is eroding our culture. This deception expert authored the famous study that found strangers lie to each other about three times in the first ten minutes of meeting each other.

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    Tangled Webs

    James B. Stewart
    Penguin, 2012

    An investigative journalist delves deep into America’s most prominent lies and liars. Stewart focuses on many of the 'greats,' including Martha Stewart, Barry Bonds and Bernie Madoff.

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    Detecting Lies and Deceit

    Aldert Vrij
    Wiley, 2008

    A reliable handbook for any aspiring student of deception. This comprehensive book by the Swedish researcher reviews numerous studies and much of the foundational research on lie detection.

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    Telling Lies

    Paul Ekman
    W. W. Norton & Company, 2009

    A fantastic book by the father of emotion research. Ekman outlines common motives for lying, the science of using facial expressions ('microexpressions') to detect deception and the concept of leakage.

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    The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

    Charles Darwin
    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012

    Charles Darwin believed that facial expressions were biologically determined and identical across all cultures. In this 1872 book, he explores such topics as 'gradation from loud laughter to gentle smiling' and 'shame from broken moral laws and conventional rules.'

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    The Mechanism of Human Facial Expression

    G.-B. Duchenne de Boulogne and R. Andrew Cuthbertson (Translator)
    Cambridge University Press, 2006

    French physician Guillaume Duchenne identified the physical difference between a false or 'social' smile — one made consciously, using only the mouth muscles — and a genuine, spontaneous smile made involuntarily, using the muscles of both the eyes and the mouth. In his honor, genuine smiles are now called 'Duchenne smiles.'

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    The Honest Truth about Dishonesty

    Dan Ariely
    Harper Perennial, 2013

    A fun, research-based look at cheating and dishonesty by this well-known behavioral economist. The book touches on everything from why creative people are better liars to why wearing knockoff fashion accessories will make you more dishonest.

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    De Mendacio (On Lying) [Latin]

    St. Augustine
    Nabu Press, 2012

    A classic. St. Augustine believed that a lie occurs when we 'hold one thing in our heart and say another.'

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    Why We Lie

    David Livingstone Smith
    St. Martin's Griffin, 2007

    An important history of lying and deception.

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    The Truth about Trust

    David DeSteno
    Hudson Street Press, 2014

    This fascinating book by this well-known psychologist touches on the most recent science in the field of deception and trust. He delves into topics such as the importance of reading body language and the biological foundations of trust. Interestingly, he argues that integrity even among the most trustworthy is an unstable trait that can waver when faced with personal gain.

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    Mindwise

    Nicholas Epley
    Knopf, 2014

    This University of Chicago psychologist illuminates the importance of using your sixth sense to build and maintain honest relationships.

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    Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Daniel Kahneman
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013

    Kahneman, a Nobel Prize winner in economics, presents a compelling examination of intuition, decision-making and judgment.

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    Decisive

    Chip and Dan Heath
    Random House Business, 2014

    A very valuable book, especially the authors’ discussion about the 'spotlight effect': 'What’s in the spotlight will rarely be everything we need to make a good decision, but we won’t always remember to shift the light. Sometimes, in fact, we’ll forget there’s a spotlight at all, dwelling so long in the tiny circle of light that we forget there’s a broader landscape beyond it.'

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    Honest Signals

    Alex Pentland
    The MIT Press, 2010

    Pentland’s fascinating research on 'honest signals,' the nonverbal forms of communication between individuals that when observed can predict outcomes of very diverse situations, such as speed-dating, salary negotiations and job interviews.

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    Blind Spots

    Max Bazerman and Ann Tenbrunsel
    Princeton University Press, 2012

    A look at how and why people end up making dishonest, deceptive choices, by two renowned business ethicists.

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    Reality Check

    Guy Kawasaki
    Portfolio Trade, 2011

    If you want to know the biggest lies told by entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, lawyers and CEOs, Kawasaki’s your guy.