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Posted July 26, 2013
My personal recommendation: Buy the book, but plan to high-light, backtrack and re-read the pages in order to get the most use out of it. Gregory Hartley and Maryann Karinch take us through the journey of discovering a lie in "How to Spot a Liar". While the book contains a lot of useful information that can be studied to improve lie detection, those tools are buried within text that muddles the meat. The authors routinely use examples from personal experience, but they fail to establish each scene well enough to provide a common context of understanding with the reader. The examples are so frequently used and reused through the book, that they become tiresome, and one begins to wonder if the book was meant to be read only by those people who are part of the example so that they can learn from their mistakes. The first several chapters left me feeling as though I was not going to learn anything of interest at all. The authors do get to technique however, and you will find yourself paging back through the other chapters to re-read things that you previously overlooked or that you assumed they would cover in more detail later. I assume that the authors are classroom educators and not writers, because, while they clearly know the science and the art, they lack the ability to communicate it clearly.
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Posted March 18, 2014
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