"One of the best books I've read this year is by a security technologist, Bruce Schneier. In Liars and Outliers, he sets out to investigate how trust works in society and in business, how it is betrayed and the degree to which technology changes all of that, for the better or the worse. Schneier absolutely understands how profoundly trust oils the wheels of business and of daily life." (Margaret Heffernan, CBS MoneyWatch)
"This book will appeal not only to customers interested in computer security but also on the idea of security and trust as a whole in society." (The Bookseller, 16th December 2011)
"This book should be read by anyone in a leadership role, whether they're in the corporate or political sphere... an easy read and the ideas and thoughts are profound." (Naked Security, February 2012)
"By concentrating on the human angle and packing the book with real world examples he has successfully stretched its appeal outside that of the security specialist to the more general reader." (E & T Magazine, March 2012)
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"A rich, insightfully fresh take on what security 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
"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."
"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."
"Readers of Bruce Schneier's Liars and Outliers will
better understand technology and its consequences and become more
"Liars & 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!"
"This fascinating book gives an insightful and convincing
framework for understanding security and trust."
"By analyzing the moving parts and interrelationships among
security, trust, and society, Schneier has identifi ed 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."
"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."
"Eye opening. Bruce Schneier provides a perspective you need to
understand today’s world."
"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
"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."
"Society runs on trust. Liars and Outliers explains the
trust gaps we must fill to help society run even better."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"An engaging and wide-ranging rumination on what makes society
click. Highly recommended."