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"A little inaccuracy," a sage once said, "sometimes saves tons of explanation," but most of us don't need even this slender thread to rationalize our daily lies. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely (The Upside of Irrationality; Predictably Irrational) has devoted much of his career to studying the weird things that we human do. His new book maps out many separate continents of our dishonesty; from little fibs to cheating on tests to committing extramarital affairs to embarking on Madoff-sized Ponzi schemes. The explorations often lead to surprising conclusions, perhaps most notably about our extraordinary ability to delude ourselves.