Praise for Liars and Outliers

“A rich, insightfully fresh take on what security really means!”

—David Ropeik
Author of How Risky is it, Really?

“Schneier has accomplished a spectacular tour de force: an enthralling ride through history, economics, and psychology, searching for the meanings of trust and security. A must read.”

—Alessandro Acquisti
Associate Professor of Information Systems and Public Policy at the Heinz College
Carnegie Mellon University

Liars and Outliers offers a major contribution to the understandability of these issues, and has the potential to help readers cope with the ever-increasing risks to which we are being exposed. It is well written and delightful to read.”

—Peter G. Neumann
Principal Scientist in the SRI International Computer Science Laboratory

“Whether it’s banks versus robbers, Hollywood versus downloaders, or even the Iranian secret police against democracy activists, security is often a dynamic struggle between a majority who want to impose their will, and a minority who want to push the boundaries. Liars and Outliers will change how you think about conflict, our security, and even who we are.”

—Ross Anderson
Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University
author of Security Engineering

“Readers of Bruce Schneier’s Liars and Outliers will better understand technology and its consequences and become more mature practitioners.”

—Pablo G. Molina
Professor of Technology Management, Georgetown University

Liars and Outliers is not just a book about security—it is the book about it. Schneier shows that the power of humour can be harnessed to explore even a serious subject such as security. A great read!”

—Frank Furedi
author of On Tolerance: A Defence of Moral Independence

“This fascinating book gives an insightful and convincing framework for understanding security and trust.”

—Jeff Yan
Founding Research Director
Center for Cybercrime and Computer Security, Newcastle University

“By analyzing the moving parts and interrelationships among security, trust, and society, Schneier has identified critical patterns, pressures, levers, and security holes within society. Clearly written, thoroughly interdisciplinary, and always smart, Liars and Outliers provides great insight into resolving society’s various dilemmas.”

—Jerry Kang
Professor of Law, UCLA

“By keeping the social dimension of trust and security in the center of his analysis, Schneier breaks new ground with an approach that both theoretically grounded and practically applicable.”

—Jonathan Zittrain
Professor of Law and Computer Science, Harvard University
author of The Future of the InternetAnd How to Stop It

“Eye opening. Bruce Schneier provides a perspective you need to understand today’s world.”

—Steven A. LeBlanc, Director of Collections, Harvard University and author of Constant Battles: Why We Fight

“An outstanding investigation of the importance of trust in holding society together and promoting progress. Liars and Outliers provides valuable new insights into security and economics.”

—Andrew Odlyzko, Professor, School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota

“What Schneier has to say about trust—and betrayal—lays a groundwork for greater understanding of human institutions. This is an essential exploration as society grows in size and complexity.”

—Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, CATO Institute and author of Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood

“Society runs on trust. Liars and Outliers explains the trust gaps we must fill to help society run even better.”

—M. Eric Johnson
Director, Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

“An intellectually exhilarating and compulsively readable analysis of the subtle dialectic between cooperation and defection in human society. Intellectually rigorous and yet written in a lively, conversational style, Liars and Outliers will change the way you see the world. .”

—David Livingstone Smith
author of Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others

“Schneier tackles trust head on, bringing all his intellect and a huge amount of research to bear. The best thing about this book, though, is that it’s great fun to read.”

—Andrew McAfee
Principal Research Scientist, MIT Center for Digital Business
co-author of Race Against the Machine

“Bruce Schneier is our leading expert in security. But his book is about much more than reducing risk. It is a fascinating, thought-provoking treatise about humanity and society and how we interact in the game called life.”

—Jeff Jarvis
author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live

“Both accessible and thought provoking, Liars and Outliers invites readers to move beyond fears and anxieties about security in modern life to understand the role of everyday people in creating a healthy society. This is a must-read!”

—danah boyd
Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University

“Trust is the sine qua non of the networked age and trust is predicated on security. Bruce Schneier’s expansive and readable work is rich with insights that can help us make our shrinking world a better one.”

—Don Tapscott
co-author of Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World

“An engaging and wide-ranging rumination on what makes society click. Highly recommended.”

—John Mueller
author of Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them.

“The vast majority of risk management is about human behaviour. This book gives you some fascinating new ways of thinking about and influencing that behaviour.”

—Jennifer Lang
Actuarial Eye

“All crime scientists should read—and probably own—this book.”

—Paul Ekblom
Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Book Review

“I highly recommend you read this book for yourself to understand the role of trust in your life or business.”

—Presh Talwalkar
Mind Your Decisions

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