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Having read one of Dreeke's previous books I expected this to be no nonsense, this book disappointment me. The parts of the book related to the topic is great, but by cooperating with someone else and writing a book to fit in with a political zeitgeist Dreeke has lost his previous no nonsense attitude. What is worse is that he makes claims about political historical situations that anyone who knows anything about the topic will know is false. I hope this book will be released again, without the political hogwash. Without the political parts it would have been a five star book
I heard the author in a podcast interview and was fascinated by his expertise and examples of how to size people up. I should have gotten the audio version instead of trying to enjoy the book. It’s chock full of personal anecdotes, which coming from the point of view of a retired FBI agent, are interesting, but the rest feels like a PowerPoint presentation. In addition it felt like this book is intended for ladder climbers in corporate America and not for a Joe Shmoe factory worker like me. Much of it is common sense stuff with tips for reading body language cues too, but I’d recommend an audio version or finding the author’s interviews to maintain your interest. Can’t really name any ground breaking take-aways either.
This book is not a how-to on becoming a human lie detector but rather a dark psychology primer on reading the people in your surroundings to read your environment and better know your place in it. It is ineffectual for short term quick reads as it focuses much more on the long term relationships and rapport.