Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

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Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just completed this book in one sitting. I could not put it down. Practical, useful and something you can put into effect immediately. It delivers what other books just promise and is obviously the work of experts who have had to use these skills in the field when the stakes are high; that alone makes it the best in the field. As for the person who gave one star because it was not shipped on time. That is a critique of B&N and not the book, and so has no place in a book review section.
SPDR1 More than 1 year ago
Spy the Lie is a very interesting and straight forward book that has given me tools that I can use in my daily life as a father and businessman. The knowledge and experience from the authors couldn't be more credible. I would recommend this book to everyone whether your a parent, Business owner, co-worker, retired. etc.. Also its' a good reference when at the end of the day I question myself on something that happened that day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spy the Lie provides credible information on the practice of detecting deception. The authors—Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero—have thorough experience interviewing criminal suspects, CIA employees, and ordinary people from their former careers as CIA officers. Their skills are specialized for determining whether they are being told a lie. I chose this book over many others like it, for the book cover captivated me in the possibility of being able to elicit the truth when needed and that CIA officers are the ones informing me. The best quality of this nonfiction piece is the honesty of the authors. They let the reader know that the book will not transform you into a perfect lie detector nor is there "such [a] thing as a human lie detector” (15). Furthermore, the techniques, included in the text, need to be fully understood and practiced before being used. In the book, it identifies faults that are embedded in the human mind that need to be overcome before one is able to spy the lie. The authors write on a level that allows the reader to connect with their own experiences. For example, Philip Houston was questioning a man when “he found himself looking for reasons to believe him” (14). I, on many accounts, dismiss the lies and search for truth. The book lets the reader know it’s a natural human habit that can be fixed with some practice. Tips given are to be utilized into transforming your mind for detecting deception. Another quality of this book to be noticed is the variation of tools used to express their ideas. Two diagrams illustrate the idea of the “cluster rule” previously explained to be two or more deceptive behaviors occurring after a question (34-35). Visual learners benefit from the diagrams, for they give visual examples of the techniques put to use in real life contexts. Throughout the book, inserts of examples are provided to enhance the readers understanding of what to look for. By including this, the authors give definitive examples to keep you from guessing which statements are deceptive. It gives you specific elements that are often used to hide the truth. Overall, this nonfiction work is qualified for a five star review. I have incorporated the information I learned into everyday life, and the effects are incredible. Although I am not stopping terrorists or saving the world, I am eliminating the lies I believed from my life and uncovering the truth every day. Many people I associate with think they are sneaky by lying to my face, but little do they know Spy the Lie has given me the upper hand on my peers. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever wanted to detect the deception in their life.
SgtWalt More than 1 year ago
I have read this book and find it very enlightening and informative. I have used some of the techniques that are described in this book when I was interviewing suspected perpetrators.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is mainly a narrative of the authors experiences. It does teach you how to pick up on deceptive behaviors and I'd even say it does so in an effective manner.. however, I expected a more textbook format, and this was more like a recount of all the liars that the authors had encountered during their work in the CIA. I'd be curious to know how many times the name "Phil" appears in the book! But overall, it's a good book and it is well-written.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a good book love the stories. If you like this one you will like class 11 that one has great stories.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the world of body language, and the art of deception detection. I promised this book is everything you think it is and more. It Totally changed the way I look at the way people talk, and what they are REALLY saying! Buy this book you won't regret it! Just don't abuse the powers it gives you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned from this book what to look for when someone who I feel or I know is lying. Also, I learned the different types of lies, inconsistent statements, verbal and non-verbal behaviors and what questions to ask to get to the truth. It was very helpful with the author's explanations and scenarios given. It seems the non-confrontational approach is very effective. The only part of the book I did not understand as far as lying was the mention of Christine O'Donnell being interviewed by CNN's Piers Morgan where he tries to get her to talk about her views on some matters that she wrote in her book. Perhaps she knows that Morgan's views will be different and he will make an issue of them. I don't think that is considered lying or even an attempt to lie. Avoiding an issue sometimes makes sense if you know it may turn out ugly just because of a difference of opinion. I read this book because I had been lied to by family and friends of big lies and small ones. The "I don't remember " or "I wouldn't have said that" (when I know they did said it or did it) is the usual answer I get. Those are tough statements to argue with and the liars I know use them. I will take much consideration of the information given in this book when I feel a lie is coming on and maybe get to use out my new knowledge so I can possibly get to the truth.
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JonnyBeeswax More than 1 year ago
Very easy read with real life examples that make sense. This was a fun book to read and even though I have no reason to improve my level of deception detection, when someone does lie to me in the future, they will not be getting away with it!!!
Margie_Reads More than 1 year ago
I am going to read this book again. Before I finished the first pass, I began noticing real life examples. One of my hobbies is people watching in a wide variety of social circles and scenarios, and the tools this book provides brings people watching to a completely new level. Assimilate the provided toolset and check it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It works I've used it a lot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is interesting and easy to read.  The authors teach principles for spotting possible deception when someone is answering your questions.  They use examples from real life situations in the news and from their own previous cases to illustrate their principles.  They cover a variety of types of situations, including giving specific helps to parents trying to figure out if their child is telling them the truth.  The authors caution that employing their principles will not tell you absolutely that someone is lying but it will let you know when someone is likely to be lying and gives suggestions regarding digging more deeply into the suspicious answers. I would encourage all adults to read this book.  Most if not all of us face situations where we wonder if someone is really telling us the truth, and this book gives useful information on evaluating people's responses and also includes practical suggestions for how to follow up on unsatisfactory answers.  The information in this book is something almost all of us can use; it does not require special skills, such as the ability to detect minute changes in facial expressions, that some methods of detecting deception rely on.  This book contains easy to read information that should be useful to just almost everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ljethrogibbs46 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read on interrogation techniques. But it also has practical applications for everyday life in dealing with people. I originally got this from the library but now wanted my own copy. Right after I finished the book, I watched the Benghazi hearings. Clinton & Co. were textbook examples of the strategies used by those who want to evade the truth: changing the subject, blaming others, the excuse that "everyone does it", the eye shifts, etc. Would highly recommend this one to anyone interested in intelligence matters or psychological techniques. A fascinating & informative read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
rather simple, boring mate4rial....I think even I, a nurse, could have written this