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Liars and Outliers by Bruce Schneier
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It pains me slightly to rate this book three stars, as I've been a fan of Bruce Schneier for years. I've subscribed to his newsletter since at least 1999 and enjoyed every issue. Unfortunately this book reads like a newsletter article that has been stretched, through repetition, to the length of a short book.

It's very well-written and is a fast read; Schneier has a real knack for explaining potentially complicated concepts clearly and simply. The thesis, that societies and organizations apply a variety of different mechanisms to keep individual actors from defecting, is more interesting than that simple summary may make it sound. But there are only so many ways you can restate that thesis, and only so many examples you can usefully give, and unfortunately I feel Schneier went overboard on both.
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