Half-truths and Brazen Lies

Half-truths and Brazen Lies

An Honest Look at Lying

Book - 2016
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Do you believe in telling the truth? Sure you do. But even that's a lie -- because we all lie. Whether to protect a friend, to make someone feel better, or to avoid telling even bigger lies later, lying is actually central to human nature. Usually we're taught that lying is bad, and that's that. But in reality, it's rarely so black and white.

Kira Vermond's latest book answers questions like: Why do we lie? What types of lies are there? What are the consequences of lying? What methods are used to detect lies? And when is it okay or even good to lie?

From forgeries and hoaxes to plagiarism and placebos, Half-Truths and Brazen Lies offers historical anecdotes, scientific studies, and sociocultural analyses to help unpack the complex world of untruths. Told in a witty, conversational tone with an index and full-color illustrations, the book takes a thorough, nuanced approach to a fascinating aspect of human behavior.
Publisher: Toronto : Owlkids Books Inc., 2016
ISBN: 9781771471466
Characteristics: 47 pages : color illustration ; 25 cm


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forbesrachel Nov 25, 2018

Kira Vermond digs down into the truth about lies with her appealing, kid-friendly writing style that breaks down the topic into bit-sized facts. Each chapter is only ten pages long, and these are further broken down over each double page spread. Images, side boxes, and post-it notes highlight certain facts too. Vermond presents the topic in a neutral light, explaining what is and isn't a lie, what the pros and cons are, when and why lies are needed, and fills the book out with amusing or relevant examples from history. She also speaks directly to readers in an informal manner. While she never preaches, she will put in an asides like "Just so we're clear, this was not your best moment", for things that are definitely morally wrong. All of it is in good fun, and the more actively curious readers will especially enjoy the final chapter titled "Spot the Liar".


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