"Why We Lie is written with snap, panache, and the sort of insights that stop you in your tracks. Its subject--deception, trickery, pulling a fast one, conning other humans and conning ourselves--is critical to understanding the evolution of the human mind. Getting a handle on deception is crucial to understanding the self with which you and I live from second to second every minute of our conscious and our dreaming lives."
- Howard Bloom, author of Global Brain and The Lucifer Principle
"David Smith has pulled off a beaut. Freud, Darwin, Machiavelli (and, oh yes, Liz Smith) meet around the poker table of life. Why We Lie is a wonderfully blended cluster of arguments to support the painful truth that we are a species whose skills at deceiving others is matched only by our ability to deceive ourselves."
- Arthur S. Reber, author of The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology and The New Gambler's Bible
"Self-deception is one of the most powerful ideas in psychology, indeed, in human affairs, and David Smith's Why We Lie is an excellent synthesis of this crucial topic. The biology is up-to-date and accurate, the psychological implications are clearly worked out, and the writing is inviting and accessible."
- Steven Pinker, bestselling author of The Blank Slate and The Language Instinct