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Born Liars

Why We Can't Live Without Deceit

Written by Ian Leslie

Published May 21, 2011 | ISBN 9781770890282
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy

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400 pages
Digital Format

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About this book

Born Liars

Why We Can't Live Without Deceit

Ian Leslie

Lying is an intrinsic part of our social fabric, but it is also a deeply problematic and misunderstood aspect of what makes us human. Ian Leslie takes us on a fascinating journey that makes us question not only our own relationship to the truth, but also virtually every daily encounter we have. On the way he dissects the history of the lie detector, how parents affect their children’s attitude to lying (and vice versa), Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the philosophical ambiguity of telling the truth, Bill Clinton’s presentational prowess, Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth, and why we should be wary of anyone with more than 150 Facebook friends.

Born Liars is thought-provoking, anecdotally driven narrative nonfiction at its best. Ian Leslie’s intoxicating blend of anthropology, biology, cultural history, philosophy, and popular psychology belies a serious central message: that humans have evolved and thrived in large part because of their ability to deceive.

About the Author

Ian Leslie

Ian Leslie is the critically acclaimed author of Born Liars: Why We Can’t Live Without Deceit, which was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. He has written about politics, culture, marketing, and psychology for the Guardian, The Times, Prospect, and the BBC. He lives in London, England.

Awards and Praise
. . . stuffed full of interesting studies and good writing . . . a fun read . . .
  • Commended Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, 2011