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April 20, 2012
Liars & Outliers Update
Liars & Outliers has been available for about two months, and is selling well both in hardcover and e-book formats. More importantly, I'm very pleased with the book's reception. The reviews I've gotten have been great, and I read a lot of tweets from people who have enjoyed the book. My goal was to give people new ways to think about trust and society -- and by extension security and society -- and it looks like I've succeeded.
- InfoWorld: "The fact that Liars and Outliers prompted me to go back and update my own thinking is truly the measure of Schneier's latest book."
- ComputerWeekly.com: "I used to think that Bruce Schneier was out of touch with industry CISOs, but now I think that they are out of touch with him."
- Slashdot: "the reader will find that Schneier is one of the most original thinkers around."
- CSO: "If you get a chance to read Schneier's book (beg, borrow or steal a copy--although I'm not sure what that says about trust if you steal it), you should do so...trust me!"
I'm really proud of the book. I think it's the best thing I've written. If you haven't read the book yet, please give it a look. It's the synthesis of a lot of my security thinking to date. I really believe you will enjoy it, and that you'll think differently after you read it.
So far, though, my readership has mostly been within the security community: people who already know my writing. What I need help with is getting the word out to people outside the circles of computer security or this blog. Anyone who has read the book, I would really appreciate a review somewhere. On your blog if you have one, on Amazon, anywhere. If you know of a venue that reviews, or otherwise discusses books and authors, I would appreciate an introduction.
Posted on April 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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Am 2/3 through the book so far and if I had one criticism it would be that for good or for ill it assumed a pretty basic lever of knowledge on the part of the reader. I know that to make the book accessible you need to explain basic concepts like game theory and such and then follow up to make sure you aren't losing the reader later on, but as a regular reader of yours and similar work it's a lot I've seen before.
I think the reason I am noticing it with your book, instead of let's say Freakonomics or Kevin Mitnick's new book, is that your book (at least the first two parts) are highly general so there's no underlying source of new information even as it tries to make sure the ordinary person is caught up with the technical concepts.
Anyway, its not your fault and if I wasn't a security person I'd definitely find all of the basic stuff very useful.
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