How to Read a Person Like a Book Hardcover – Mar 2002
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A Foreign Policy "Book to Read in 2012"
Colin Kahl, Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East
“A nuanced, insightful analysis of the Arab insurrections, with ample historical context…. In this thought-provoking book, Lynch earns his right to implore U.S. citizens to trust Middle Eastern countries to reshape their political space.”
“Lynch, a political scientist and advisor to the Obama administration, analyzes the recent and ongoing political changes taking place in the Middle East and ventures some predictions about what may come….Timely, informative, and recommended for current events and regional history collections.”
“Of all the books on the extraordinary events of the past 15 months, this is one of the most illuminating and, for policymakers, the most challenging.”
“informed and engaging”
“The Arab Uprising is a joy to read. It should appeal to a non-specialist audience looking for a nuanced and short but engaging narrative of the ongoing Arab revolts without descending into obscure academic jargon. This is definitely not a book written for those seeking a serious analysis of individual uprisings, or theoretical academic accounts on the underlying causes of revolutions. It will be several years before such sophisticated monographs will emerge. For scope and depth, as well as the empathy he imbues in the book, Lynch remains within the unusual bracket of scholars who possess a genuine concern, not only for his own state’s national interest, but also for those who have been sacrificed for it."
From the Publisher
I took a road trip in January, drove from Dallas to New York City with one of my best friends. One problem we knew we would face was music. Where I tend to lean towards singers who hold a bottle of whiskey while singing, he enjoys the smooth sounds of R&B.
AudioBooks were the solution.
After listening to How to Read a Person Like a Book somewhere between Memphis and Nashville, every single gesture was analyzed, and in a small way, still is. And now I'm very conscious of what my body language is and I don't sit in meetings with my arms folded in front of me.
-Carrie, Random House AudioBooks Publicity --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The authors appropriately point out that different gestures and expressions in isolations are just like words, and that it is important to take into consideration how these different gestures and expressions relate to each other, how much they support the meaning of each other, the verbal language that accompanies them, the individual's cultural background, the health condition of the person, individual's habitual behavior, possible environmental factors, and anything else that may be contributing to the expression of a particular gesture.
At the beginning of the book, some expressions, gestures, postures and body movement are illustrated. Later chapter of the book, in an attempt to cover as many different situations for observing the body language as possible, there is only a listing of expressions, gestures or postures to which you may want to pay attention.
People who work in occupation where their well-being and/or income depend on their skill to interpret the body language they deal with (such as salesman, negotiators, lawyers, flight-attendants, waitresses, therapists, presenters, etc), will most likely know much more than they could find in this book. And when it comes to body language related to courtship and relationships, there are other books that offer much more information, like The Flirting Bible.Read more ›
If you consider yourself to be perceptive, or if you have studied other books on body language, you probably will not find anything earth-shattering or new here, but for a newbie, trying to pick up basics, this is a quick intro.
In my line, I need to read people and their responses to my ideas. This book helps me to do just that. It also gives ways of taking charge in a situation by using body gestures. If you know the gestures, you can resist someone else trying to dominate you.
It's worth the price. Everyone who deals with other people needs this book.
Most recent customer reviews
a very basic fast reaqd of the mannerisms of people and how to reflect upon yourself whats pointed out in the book
an interesting read
This is a very good book for beginners on how to understand body language ... but the division of the chapters, and some examples make this book very basic. Read morePublished on June 13 2002 by S. Vohra
This is a great beginner's book to body language. It provides clearly-written descriptions and illustrations about how our actions and movements as humans can speak more loudly... Read morePublished on April 9 2002
While this book does cover some basic areas of behavior, it mostly deals with the common sense situations and stereotypes. Read morePublished on April 7 2002 by James Malcolm