The Truth about Lies: The Illusion of Honesty and the Evolution of Deceit

The Truth about Lies: The Illusion of Honesty and the Evolution of Deceit Review

Why do you believe what you believe?



You've been lied to. Probably a lot. We're always stunned when we realize we've been deceived. We can't believe we were fooled: What was I thinking? How could I have believed that?

We always wonder why we believed the lie. But have you ever wondered why you believe the truth? People tell you the truth all the time, and you believe them; and if, at some later point, you're confronted with evidence that the story you believed was indeed true, you never wonder why you believed it in the first place. In this incisive and insightful taxonomy of lies and liars, New York Times bestselling author Aja Raden makes the surprising claim that maybe you should.

Buttressed by history, psychology, and science, The Truth About Lies is both an eye-opening primer on con-artistry--from pyramid schemes to shell games, forgery to hoaxes--and also a telescopic view of society through the mechanics of belief: why we lie, why we believe, and how, if at all, the acts differ. Through wild tales of cons and marks, Raden examines not only how lies actually work, but also why they work, from the evolutionary function of deception to what it reveals about our own.

In her previous book, Stoned, Raden asked, "What makes a thing valuable?" In The Truth About Lies, she asks "What makes a thing real?" With cutting wit and a deft touch, Raden untangles the relationship of truth to lie, belief to faith, and deception to propaganda.

The Truth About Lies will change everything you thought you knew about what you know, and whether you ever really know it.

Title:The Truth about Lies: The Illusion of Honesty and the Evolution of Deceit

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  • Matt

    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Aja Raden, and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.Everyon...

  • Donna Craig

    Thank you to Sara at St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this book. The Truth About Lies seeks to explain why we, as humans, fall for lies, hoaxes, and the like. The author uses historical examples of...

  • Aja Raden

    I, mean, thought it was pretty good....

  • Dawn Michelle

    Great. Googly. Moogly. What a book. We are all hardwired to lie. Who knew? And apparently, we are all hardwired to believe a lie [or of a certain perception], no matter what it might be [think the "Wa...

  • Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of The Truth About Lies. This was a fascinating, informative (sometimes hilarious) read about dishonesty, deceit, and the illusion of honesty.Lying is essential to...

  • Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: March 11, 2021Publication date: May 11th, 2021When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #soc...

  • Maureen M

    The Truth About Lies by Aja RadenAja Raden’s book is well-timed, with election conspiracy theories still echoing across the country. As frustrated partisans glare at each other across the divide, Ra...

  • Ryan Fohl

    I wore out a highlighter on this one.I read and listen to a ton of content covering critical thinking, skepticism, myths, and cons. So I was concerned this book would be a lot of stuff I've already co...

  • Matt Kelland

    I was given a review copy by the publisher.I will admit, I was hesitant to read this. After the last few years of being bombarded by "fake news" and social media propaganda, the constant daily list of...

  • Deborah

    Extraordinarily provocative. Aja Raden writes with stunning clarity and command; the scope of her knowledge is breathtaking; she is convincing, captivating and ridiculously funny and refreshingly irre...