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Truth Machine Mass Market Paperback – June 29, 1997

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Editorial Reviews

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I have to say that I am astounded to see the number of customer reviews on THE TRUTH MACHINE. I can't say I have ever seen so many, which speaks highly for the affect this title has on readers. Most of them are passionately for the the book, and I count myself among them.

I was one of the earliest readers of this manuscript, and I was very excited because, having read it, there is not a news story, trend in society, or family saga that hasn't brought this concept to mind.

I agree with the reader who commented that the book appeals more to the mind than to the heart. It is the concept that sticks with you so readily, not the characters; but, Iike all "Utopias", this book is more about a vision than about puporting to be the "great American novel".

Also, having met Jim Halperin, I was inspired by his rather courageous commitment to the idea that in order to save ourselves from becoming the victims of our own technology (primarily weaponry in the hands of the criminally insane), that as a society, even as a worldwide society, we might have to give up a little bit of the privacy that is so precious to us.

To the reader from Stamford, CT (my home town, which is why your entry stood out to me), regarding the our darker thoughts: Read a title called GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY. It's non-fiction, but if you liked Truth Machine, you'll like this. This goes for any of you who are interested in what makes up the mind of the criminally insane, which is, after all, the reason that the truth machine came to be in this novel/

Sheila Phelan, Director of Circulation

From the Inside Flap

Prepare to have your conception of truth rocked to its very foundation.

It is the year 2004. Violent crime is the number one political issue in America. Now, the Swift and Sure Anti-Crime Bill guarantees a previously convicted violent criminal one fair trial, one quick appeal, then immediate execution. To prevent abuse of the law, a machine must be built that detects lies with 100 percent accuracy.

Once perfected, the Truth Machine will change the face of the world. Yet the race to finish the Truth Machine forces one man to commit a shocking act of treachery, burdening him with a dark secret that collides with everything he believes in. Now he must conceal the truth from his own creation . . . or face his execution.

By turns optimistic and chilling--and always profound--The Truth Machine is nothing less than a history of the future, a spellbinding chronicle that resonates with insight, wisdom . . . and astounding possibility.

--Associated Press

Product details

  • Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
  • Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0345412885
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0345412881
  • Dimensions : 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Publisher : Del Rey; Reprint edition (June 29, 1997)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 185 ratings

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