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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (311 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, Don Tennant Narrator: Fred Berman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781427221766
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Three former CIA officers—among the world’s foremost authorities on recognizing deceptive behavior—share their proven techniques for uncovering a lie

Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences.

As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior. Spy the Lie chronicles the captivating story of how they used a methodology Houston developed to detect deception in the counterterrorism and criminal investigation realms, and shows how these techniques can be applied in our daily lives.

Through fascinating anecdotes from their intelligence careers, the authors teach readers how to recognize deceptive behaviors, both verbal and nonverbal, that we all tend to display when we respond to questions untruthfully. For the first time, they share with the general public their methodology and their secrets to the art of asking questions that elicit the truth.

Spy the Lie is a game-changer. You may never read another book that has a more dramatic impact on your career, your relationships, or your future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wouldn't it be great if we could bottle the collective wisdom of CIA officers who have interrogated hundreds of people, and apply all that experience to situations where we need to know if someone is telling the truth? In Spy the Lie, three CIA veterans have done just that. If you read this book, which is packed with great anecdotes, you will feel closer to being able to flesh out a lie. Forbes

  • Lie detection isn't ingrained; it's learned… By following their advice, which is based off years of interrogating terrorists and double agents, anyone can improve their odds at getting to the truth. New York Post
  • Michael Floyd and two fellow former ex-agents, with more than 75 years of interrogation experience between them, honed their methods on terrorist and criminals. But their advice work equally well on cheating spouses, lollygagging employees, or schoolkids feigning illness. StarTribune
  • This book is both entertaining and highly informative--and it's the real deal. It gives readers genuine practical tools and tactics to use in all walks of life. I highly recommend it. David J. Lieberman, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Never Be Lied to Again
  • For many years, Phil and his team have employed their skills to vet terrorist sources, catch spies, and protect the nation's secrets. With this book, they have done something perhaps even more remarkable: Equip anyone to reliably detect deception. Consciously or not, we all judge others' sincerity and truthfulness to protect ourselves. Most of us do it badly. This book will teach you to do it well. Robert Grenier, chairman of ERG Partners, former director of the CIA Counter-Terrorism Center
  • When my detectives on the LAPD's Counterterrorism Bureau and Robbery-Homicide Division took the course, we had veteran investigators tell us, ‘No one should ever be promoted to the rank of detective without taking this course,' and ‘I now want to go back and re-interview every suspect I ever questioned.' What this team has developed is truly unique, and anyone can learn to use it. Bill Bratton, chairman of Kroll Associates, former LAPD chief, former NYPD and Boston Police Department police commissioner

  • A terrific resource for anyone who would love to be able to tell when someone is lying. Having undergone their training, I've applied their methodology in some critical situations, and I've been blown away by its effectiveness. Spy the Lie is a captivating read with practical takeaway you'll use every day. John Miller, senior correspondent at CBS News, former associate deputy director of National Intelligence, and former assistant director for public affairs at the FBI
  • In this entertaining, instructive, and fascinating book, Phil, Michael, and Susan lay out an easy-to-follow process for detecting deception, with real-life stories that are the stuff of spy novels. I have used their model for years with phenomenal results. Marisa R. Randazzo, Ph.D., managing partner at SIGMA Threat Management Associates, former chief research psychologist, U.S. Secret Service
  • Winner of the 2013 Audie Award for Business/Education
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/20/2014

    " This was interesting. It uses a lot of examples of people that we've seen on the news, and breaks down exactly how "the method" works to determine that the speaker is most probably lying. If it's good enough for the CIA, it's good enough for this mother of a teenager. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy White | 2/20/2014

    " I wish I would have had this book during my 27 years in law enforcement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meleah | 2/19/2014

    " I'm not particularly interested in the subject matter but enjoyed this easy read. The author explains basic deception methods in an easy to understand way with interesting examples. I would suggest this book as a simple weekend read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Schultz | 1/28/2014

    " Fascinating book. A lot about the body language is obvious based on basic communications studies, but even more of the book provides a variety of information to look at, presented in a usable way. It will take a couple of reads to get all of the information into my brain--it's all that good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 1/27/2014

    " Maybe I am just already good at being able to tell when people are lying, but I didn't learn much from this book. Kind of repetitive too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A. | 1/25/2014

    " Truthfully, this is an interesting book! The author includes many case studies of well known politicians and others who have been caught lying. There are transcripts of the interviews done with those people and then the author breaks down the words that reveal the person was lying. I picked up this book on a whim and enjoyed it much more than I had expected to! The interviews are all very current so I actually knew of the people they were describing...Jerry Sandusky, Anthony Weiner, Susan Smith... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Halvorsen | 1/22/2014

    " Would you like to learn skills that can help you discern with great accuracy when people are lying to you? This is a great resource will help you do just that. Practical, thorough, and entertaining stories. Wish I could have had this resource ages ago! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karel Castro | 1/18/2014

    " Very practical and uses many case studies from their experiences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Weber | 12/23/2013

    " Short, enjoyable book on tactics for detecting deception, with lots of interesting anecdotes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marta | 12/22/2013

    " Lots of useful information about detecting lies. I found out that everybody lies 6 times a day. that is amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gideon Lopez | 12/18/2013

    " It's a different style of book than I am used to. However, I did find it very interesting. I've read it twice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jojabber | 12/14/2013

    " Excellent information, but presentation is choppy. Hard to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri Radford | 12/13/2013

    " A quick, easy, but fascinating read. I now suspect everyone of lying, all the time! :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale Tan | 12/11/2013

    " Awesome and captivating "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/6/2013

    " Interesting insights for everyone who suspects he has been lied to-- whether by a child, spouse, employee, or anyone else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/5/2013

    " A must read if you are a person and you have relationships with people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nguyen Tran | 10/9/2013

    " Great book! The model is very useful and the advices are very valuable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 5/10/2013

    " A one trick pony stretched into an entire book. DNF. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leann | 4/27/2013

    " This book is extremely interesting and is very useful even if a person is not in the CIA or law enforcement. If knowing the truth and being able to spot a lie is useful to you, this book is an excellent and effective tool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Houston | 4/25/2013

    " Easy to understand, pretty informative, and fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Handy | 1/29/2013

    " Good read, lots of information. I find I can already spy the lie in many situations I was unsure of in the past. One of those books it's worth reading twice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lenore | 1/2/2013

    " Applying the observational techniques of this book to public statements of politicians being questioned by journalists is VERY interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah Delaire | 1/1/2013

    " As a secret agent, I found this book to be very helpful.... seriously, it was interesting and made a lot of sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kym | 12/29/2012

    " Wonderful book about seeing when people are lying. Easy to read. Had alot of "a-ha" moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/9/2012

    " Good information; nice presentation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasandra | 11/11/2012

    " Excellent and interesting tips for spotting liars, and some debunking of myths about how to tell when someone is lying. Good enough that I'd like to buy a copy to keep for reference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Sauer | 10/15/2012

    " must read for any parent, manager, married person "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Larrere | 7/24/2012

    " This was entertaining. It would not lead to skill building however Ruth only the narrative as a guide. It makes a good case for his company to do training. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 7/16/2012

    " took a lot of situations from media and examined words used: O.J. Simpson, Weiner, etc. "

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About the Author

Philip Houston’s twenty-five-year career with the CIA included thousands of interviews and interrogations for the CIA and other federal agencies, both as an investigator and as a polygraph examiner. He, along with former CIA agents Michael Floyd and Susan Carnicero, founded Qverity, a provider of behavioral analysis and screening services for private- and public-sector clients worldwide. Houston is also the author of Spy the Lie.

About the Narrator

Fred Berman has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narration and is the recipient of the 2013 Audie Award for narration in Spy the Lie. He is a theater, film, and television actor, whose credits include Broadway’s The Lion King, Law & Order, and Directing Eddie, among others. He was featured in Entertainment Weekly for his work on the Walking Dead audiobook series.