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5 New Books on How Deception Really Works

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“Now you’re looking for the secret,” goes a memorable quote from Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige. “But you won’t find it because of course, you’re not really looking . . . You want to be fooled.”

Granted, there’s a bit of fun in letting yourself be deceived by a magic trick or talented stage illusionist. But when a convincing con artist shows up at our door or in our inbox, we want the power to see through their lies. With a little help from the five excellent books below, you’ll be prepared to see deception coming from a mile away.

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Nobody’s Fool: Why We Get Taken In and What We Can Do About It

By Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris

Two psychologists describe the key habits of thinking and reasoning that serve us well most of the time but make us vulnerable to deception—like our tendency to accept what we see, stick to our commitments, and overvalue precision and consistency. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Daniel Simons, in the Next Big Idea App

Fool Proof: How Fear of Playing the Sucker Shapes Our Selves and the Social Order―and What We Can Do About It

By Tess Wilkinson-Ryan

Facing the fear of being suckered head-on means deciding for ourselves what risks to take, what relationships to invest in, when to share, and when to protest—drafting a new template for how to live with integrity in a sucker’s world. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, in the Next Big Idea App

The Delusions of Crowds: Why People Go Mad in Groups

By William J. Bernstein

From the award-winning author of A Splendid Exchange comes a fascinating new history of financial and religious mass manias over the past five centuries. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author William J. Bernstein, in the Next Big Idea App

Fool Me Once: Scams, Stories, and Secrets from the Trillion-Dollar Fraud Industry

By Kelly Richmond Pope

A renowned forensic accounting expert shows fraud in action, uncovering what makes perps tick, victims so gullible, and whistleblowers so morally righteous, while also encouraging us to look at our own behaviors and motivations in the hope of protecting ourselves and our companies. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Kelly Richmond Pope, in the Next Big Idea App

Foolproof: Why Misinformation Infects Our Minds and How to Build Immunity

By Sander van der Linden

Deconstructing the characteristic techniques of conspiracies and misinformation, a University of Cambridge professor gives readers practical tools to defend themselves and others against nefarious persuasion―whether at scale or around their own dinner table. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Sander van der Linden, in the Next Big Idea App

The Key Ideas in 15 Minutes

“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.

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