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3.0 out of 5 starsShort and basic, but interesting.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2014
If you're familiar with NLP then various parts of this will be familiar, although there are more asides about experiences subverting company security policies. The book is also pretty short, and this is exacerbated by the number of pictures showing different expressions and moderately large text size making it feel even shorter. This won't make you an expert in social engineering by any means, but does outline a number of other materials for further study, and aims to cover some basics of non-verbal communication. I'd have liked to have seen more about strategies which have proved successful, as well as more on pitfalls and failures, because the latter can be very informative.
This is an interesting enough book but the title isn't anything to do with the contents. I thought that it would be about how to prevent getting caught by scammers...but it's almost about how to 'be' a scammer. By the end of the book I was completely confused... Lots of info on body language Lots of info on how the author had got into companies and downloaded virus' into their systems by various 'please help me tactics'...I just couldn't work out what the author did for a living or who the book was aimed at. I like the photos, they were good but he kept flitting between advising on 'How-to-crack-into-firms' and how to smile and look confident..... Confused:(
I have many books on this subject. One never stops learning and therefore I am always keen to discover additional information. Alas, this book is not one that is going to enhance my knowledge in any way. As with any subject, what one gets out of a book is subject not only to the book itself but also what we already know and therefore this book might be of some use to someone who has not studied the subject before - but I really can't see any 'seasoned hand' finding anything new in it. Novices will find the format easy to digest, however. If I had to sum up this book in but a few sentences I would say that the biggest error by the author was trying to condense a mass of knowledge into such a 'small' book. It might work as an adjunct to his seminars but as a stand-alone piece of work it leaves a lot to be desired.
I have hopefully learned a few things from this. It is quite short but it is to the point. And isn’t as needlessly padded as most business books tend to be. However the coverage of many topics did seem a little shallow. I did think that sometimes the author was too confident of his opinions and didn’t really consider differing points of view or even offer much supporting evidence. I would rate this at three and a half stars if I could.
As the author points out several times in the text, the information and research that went into this book isn't new. This doesn't mean that the book doesn't add anything new to the discussion, but simply that a lot of the first half of the book will be review for you if you're already familiar with the research of people like Dr. Paul Ekman and Joseph Navarro. If you haven't already studied body language, nonverbal communication and micro expressions, then this book will be an excellent introduction for you.
The second half of the book moves into the domain of social engineering, discussing how to use the methods described earlier to perform penetration tests and spot social engineers and con artists before they're able to do real damage. This part of the book is what makes Christopher Hadnagy's work valuable to people in law enforcement and the Intelligence Community.
In the end, Chris's book will leave you hungry for more information and eager to practice the skills that the book discusses. The book also provides you with several excellent resources for those people interested in continuing to learn about social engineering, body language and micro expressions.
Interesting but only mildly persuasive. It deals mostly with the body language of people but misses a lot of points and the things that it does point out are by no means universal. Other aspects pointed out are obvious. If someone turns their body away from you while you're talking , they might not be that into you. The author appears to be an expert and faking his way into secured environments a la James Bond but that relies on an audacity that has no fear of getting people fired.
On many occasions we do not understand what we see right before our eyes. Having the tools to better understand... can, in many cases, save the day. This small book is a must for those who want to enhance their lives. I salute the work of Christopher Hadnagy.
This book was OK. I did learn about people's body language and some about SI. I can't help to say that there was in my opinion too much promotion for the Dr. he speaks of in this book. Christopher tried really hard to make himself synonymous with the man. The entire book looks completely aimed at doing just that. It's like "Hey look at me and 'Dr SoSo', we're e a Team"