Half-Truths and Brazen Lies: An Honest Look at Lying

halftruthAuthor: Vermond, Kira
Pub. Date: 2016
Pages: 48
List Price: 17.95
Suggested Grades: 5 to 8
NON-FICTION – (Included in the Middle and Elementary Extra Packages – hardcover)

“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.

Kirkus Starred Review“Yes, sometimes lies grease the wheels-“society would collapse if we told the truth all the time,” say some experts. You wouldn’t want that to happen, so let Vermond be your guide.”