The Concise Book of Lying by Evelin Sullivan

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With lively wit and breezy sophistication, novelist Evelin Sullivan tackles the most pervasive of human sins, using history and mythology, anecdote and analysis to discover the truth about lying. Beginning with the nature and characterization of deception in ancient texts from the Bible to Greek myth, Sullivan asks why people lie; what makes an effective lie; what are its consequences; and how has society tried to counteract human deception. Touching on philosophy, literature, history, and psychology, The Concise Book of Lying is a stylish and erudite tour of the twilight realm of trickery.
 

About Evelin Sullivan

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Evelyn Sullivan is the author of four novels, including "The Dead Magician" & "The Correspondence". Born & raised in Munich, she lives in Redwood City, California & teaches technical writing at Stanford University.
 
Published March 27, 2001 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 334 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Law & Philosophy, Self Help, History. Non-fiction

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The often-high personal and social costs of lying (whether they entail the loss of personal credibility or the poisoning of social and political life) take up much of the analysis, and Sullivan discusses the various strategies, ancient and modern, used to confound deceivers and get at the truth.

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For no matter how much she begins to recline into a genuine examination of moral ambiguity, Sullivan always snaps back into that rather exhaustingly upright position: lying is naughty, and it harms the world.

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Despite her fascination with lies, Sullivan is essentially an old-fashioned moralist who thinks that lying is, by and large, "an evil thing," while accepting that "deception is here to stay."

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