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I Can Read You Like a Book Paperback – March 15, 2007
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-Thomas Boghardt, historian, International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.
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This book is a huge disappointment. If you remove the generalized information such as making sure you understand what is normal for any given person before attempting to read his/her body language, you are unfortunately left with the author's egomaniacal biography. You even get to know how he has his hair cut (military flat top) and what kind of cowboy boots he wears (steel-toed), although neither applies to reading someone like a book. The author just really seems to want to talk about himself.
In one section, the reader is shown a photo of a man, woman, and child. You know, due to the author's own "baseline," that this is a family photo. Instead of simply explaining what the nonverbal communication in the picutre means, the author goes on for several pages describing the lives of each of the people in the photo. There is no reason for this; it has nothing to do with the point theoretically being made. We even get to hear about the "estranged grandfather." After the brief explanation of his posture, we are told that Grandpa "at the age of 35, went ashore on D-Day, with the 29th Infantry Division; to some extent, that earned him the right to look cocky." Huh? Do you want to hear that subjective bit of information, much less need to read it?
I'm sure Gregory Hartley really is a big ol' beer-guzzling macho guy who intimidates the daylights out of those he so proudly interrogates, but I personally find him so annoying I can only give very little credibility to the information in his book.Read more ›
It contains details about reactions that are near-universal due to biology such as pupil dilation and the changes in a persons mucosa(not something I've seen covered much elsewhere). Much of this is delivered in a matter of fact tone that reminds me of a seminar transcript. This is not a bad thing except that without lots of pictures the text can be a tad confusing in its explanations. One example deals with watching people's eye movements when they recall an event versus constructing an imaginary event. He explains that right handed people's eyes tend to go up and right when constructing a visual image (i.e. making something up) but the text doesn't make it clear if this is "their" right or "your" right when looking at them. Other books I've read on the subject make this much clearer since they contain many more pictures. They show you a person you are looking at and detail the movements as you'd see them, not as you'd do them, hence up and right means up and left when looking at a person.
I understand what some other reviewers say about it being a tad ego centric as it is obvious the author tries to project a personality of authority and toughness. This image likely works better in interrogations, or even in a live seminar on the topic, than it does in a print format that is trying to teach something.Read more ›
At the beginning of the book the emphasis is on cultural differences in body expression, then the book moves on to discuss the classification of body language - as in illustrators, adaptors, regulators and barriers, giving great insight into the reasons for, and ways in which each class is used, and then you will find my favourite section, a section where well known public exchanges between various politicians and celebrities are discussed in micro detail. Finally, the author examines ways we might use our new knowledge, offering us the insight of experience rather than the usual speculation.
All the situations are discussed in a way that enables you to feel and identify how and why the body language in question took place, which is, of course, more useful than the usual frozen moment without context. So, if you want a book about body language which REALLY leaves you feeling that you've learned something, this is probably the book for you!
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I am not adept at displaying and/or interpreting body language. This book however explained so much in a way that made it enjoyable. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gabriel Olvares
The idea of "reading" a person intrigues me. This book on this subject was worth buying.
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The book arrived on time, and brand new! Even though this book was not newly released, everything about it said that it was right off the printer! Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Johnny L. Morris
I thought he spent a little more time than needed to explain his points, but I did learn from the bookPublished on March 20, 2013 by S. Douglas Bacon
I choose this rating cause the book has interesting things to learn from it. I like this book and you can learn some stuff after you read it. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by JesusWolfman
It is very difficult to take a book seriously when it contains so many mistakes. For example, when a woman gives birth she "bears" a child not "bare" a child. Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by Amazon Customer
The author of this book is overly cocky and it comes across in the writing. His personality is so abrasive that it makes it difficult to read the book and get any information out... Read morePublished on November 13, 2010 by JPayne
After having read this poorly organized book, I can totally agree with Sally Atman's review. Though I must state I read this book before coming to this site. Read morePublished on March 24, 2010 by Bradley M. Hower