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How to Read a Person Like a Book Hardcover – Mar 2002

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Metro Books (March 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586635808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586635800
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 15.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 336 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #712,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Foreign Policy "Book to Read in 2012"

Robin Wright, author of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World
"A wonderfully thoughtful book that captures a truly historic juncture in the Arab world. By chronicling the first volatile year of the Arab uprisings, Lynch has provided the essential guide to understanding what happens next - both for the participants living through it and for the anxious outside world surprised by the passions unleashed."

Colin Kahl, Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East
"The extraordinary events associated with the Arab Spring have produced a chaotic mix of transitioning democracies, reactionary autocracies, and civil strife. But, as Marc Lynch explains in his brilliant new book, The Arab Uprising, regardless of the fate of individual rulers or the course of particular movements, the nature of politics in the Arab world has been forever transformed. A new generation has leveraged 21st-century technologies and tapped into a sense of interconnectedness and common identity to obliterate the old order. Nobody is better suited to navigate the reader through these turbulent waters than Lynch, one of the world's top Middle East scholars and a pioneer in the study of new media and social activism in the Arab world. Lynch has produced the most comprehensive and balanced account yet written of the origins and implications of the changes currently sweeping this vital region. The Arab Uprising promises to remain essential reading on the subject for years to come."
Anne-Marie Slaughter
“If you read only one book about the uprisings sweeping the Arab world, it should be this one. Marc Lynch coined the term “the Arab public sphere” a decade before anyone in the West knew it existed and has been an active observer of and participant in it ever since. He chronicles decades of Arab protests, pan-Arabism, and Arab government repression to provide vital context for present events and draws on his deep country-by-country expertise to map future challenges for American foreign policy across the Arab world.”
"[Lynch] who has been following recent events closely...reexamines important precedents in mass uprisings that took place in convulsive waves during the Arab Cold War of the 1950s, and were brutally suppressed....[he] also examines the key role initially played by the Al-Jazeera network in coverage of the Tunisia uprising, keenly watched by the Egyptians in convincing them their own efforts could be successful....A timely survey of complex historical and current events."

Publishers Weekly
“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.”

Al-Ghad (Jordan)
“One of the most profound books about the nature of the transformations under way, of the consciousness of the public squares and the new popular anger in today's Arab world.”

The Economist
“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.”

Foreign Affairs
“informed and engaging”

Washington Monthly
“Lynch has written a clear-eyed, highly readable guide to the forces in the region that gave rise to the Arab uprisings and the very real challenges they present for the U.S. Indispensably, he presents the material in a way that is neither excessively romantic about democracy’s chances nor excessively fearful about the greater role Islamists will no doubt play in a newly empowered Arab public square.”  
Madawi al-Rasheed, Middle Eastern Studies
“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."
Middle East Journal
The Arab Uprising is a superb book. If you are able to read only one account of the Arab spring, this should be it.”

The Nation
“It is this shortage of well-informed writing based on a grasp of the recent history of the Arab world that gives such great value to The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East, by Marc Lynch, an associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy. Published earlier this year, The Arab Uprising is much the best book on the origins and course of the protests and uprisings up to the end of 2011. It is a measure of Lynch’s perception and knowledge that nothing important has happened in Syria, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and Tunisia since he finished his book that could show his judgment of developments in these countries to be at fault."

AMERICA Magazine
“Marc Lynch, a professor of political science at George Washington University, has written one of the best books to date on the popular revolts that have swept the Arab world over the past two years. The Arab Uprising is a very readable overview of these remarkable events, suitable both for those with background in Middle Eastern politics as well as those less familiar with the region.

“Lynch…offers an incisive policy analysis, based partly on his access to the Obama administration. A well-known blogger and author of the well-regarded Voices of the New Arab Public… Lynch is an excellent guide to the most important development in the 21st-century Middle East: the Arab Spring of 2011.”
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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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This easy to read and relatively small book attempts to cover body language in a variety of areas of human interaction, and therefore barely scratches the surface in interpreting body language. You may not be able to read a person like a book just by reading this book, but this book is a decent introduction into body language.

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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Is that guy with the open jacket trustworthy and open-minded? Is the person with locked ankles worried or tense? What about that cute girl stroking her hair- or who just removed her glasses while you were speaking? All these gestures-and more- are examined in "How to Read a Person Like a Book". Mr. Nierenberg's work reminds me of Norman Vincent Peale's "The Power of Positive Thinking". Both are virtually useless if read as novels and put away. But I believe both can be vital if kept and referred back to from time to time. Mr. Nierenberg's main message is to watch other's body language: Do they show their hands or hide them? Do they look you in the eye or look away? Do they keep swallowing or clearing their throat? This is all very interesting and potentially useful. The author issues a caveat: We must be on guard for false or accidental signals. Perhaps the cute girl stroking her hair can't stand the sight of you. The guy clearing his throat may be the honest man in town-with a bad cold. Others (who have also read the book) could be "manipulating the system" and using it against you! A former boss springs to mind. I intend to try using the principles in "How to Read" in real life and watching the results. After all, the reader can use these principles on others! Taken with a grain of salt, what do we have to lose for $5.99? I refer back periodically to Dr. Peale and intend the same with Nierenberg. There is definite potential value here. Life's experience will be the ultimate teacher.
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Format: Audio Cassette
My impression was that this tape contained the most basic ideas that author's in this subject matter have ever presented. For eg., "People crossing hands in front of their chest means that they aren't accepting what you are telling them." That is the most typical statement I have ever heard, and this tape is full of them. There is nothing enlightening, nothing that makes you glad that you bought and listened to the tape. I felt it was not good use of time or money. For
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a decent introduction to body language. It is basic, and really won't shatter any of your preconceptions of how to read body language.
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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A treasure in the trashbin. I bought this book on the bargain table and am glad I did. Filled with easily digestible chapters describing gesture clusters, illustrated with dozens of drawings to provide visual examples of the topic.
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.
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