The concise book of lying

By Sullivan, Evelin E.

Publishers Summary:
"One bright morning in the fourth century B.C., the philosopher Diogenes set out with a lantern in search of an honest man. His doomed gesture makes the point clear: we're all liars. In The Concise Book of Lying, novelist Evelin Sullivan tackles this most pervasive of sins, using history and mythology; anecdote and analysis, to shed light - pace the first cynic - on our long relationship with deception." "The book opens with a cross-cultural survey of the important - and ambiguous - role that lying plays in a wealth of early texts and stories, from the Bible to myths about the most inventive of liars: tricksters. A Burton of deception, Sullivan asks what motivates people to lie, what mechanisms are involved in creating an effective lie, and what the costs are once we've decided to commit one. Society, dependent on truth-telling, has responded with countermeasures, from the medieval ordeal to the dubious lie detector test, but the fact is that for millennia we have been experts at deceit."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-37412-868-5
Publisher
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001.


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Reviewed on July 1, 2001

Why do people lie? What do people lie about? And what kinds of lies are considered unpardonable? These are some of the questions novelist and Stanford writing professor Sullivan (Games of the Blind) addresses in this comprehensive study of deception. By analyzing biblical texts and Greek mythology, she shows how the cultural evaluation of deception changed with the spiritual and inte...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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