« Lying is a cooperative act, » says professional lie detector Pamela Meyer (TED Talk: How to spot a liar). « Think about it, a lie has no power whatsoever by its mere utterance.Its power emergeswhen someone else agrees to believe the lie. » Meyer works to help people see the sheer ubiquity of the falsehoods we tell and hear — and gives advice on how we might start to combat deception. Dive into her 17 favorite books about truth, dishonesty, and all the gray areas in between.
1. The Post-Truth Era
St. Martin’s Press, 2004
« Keyes, 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. »
2. Why Leaders Lie
John J. Mearsheimer
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