Reading List: A Field Guide to Lies

UPDATED: May 27, 2024
PUBLISHED: August 21, 2016

Daniel J. Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music, explains how to make use of critical thinking to separate misinformation, pseudo-fact, distortions and outright lies. People fib for the darnedest reasons. “People sometimes lie when asked their opinions. A Harvard graduate may overstate her income in order to appear more successful,” Levitin writes. His program includes plausibility, averages, mis-framing and probabilities. The result is a book you may want to have close by at all times.

This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of SUCCESS magazine.


Chauncey Mabe is a freelance writer, book critic, and blogger in Miami, Fla. For 23 years he served as Book Editor and Senior Entertainment Writer at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He was Book Blogger for the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the parent organization of Miami Book Fair International, from 2009 to 2012. He also blogs for the Betsy Hotel South Beach hotel, which sponsors literary events year round. His reviews and feature stories have appeared in publications such as the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Serving House Journal, Inspicio, the Palm Beach Arts Paper, the Baltimore Sun, the Juneau Empire, and the Chicago Tribune.