Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive

  • 10h 26m 33s
  • Bruce Schneier
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2020

How does society function when you can't trust everyone?

When we think about trust, we naturally think about personal relationships or bank vaults. That's too narrow. Trust is much broader, and much more important. Nothing in society works without trust. It's the foundation of communities, commerce, democracy—everything.

In this insightful and entertaining audiobook, Schneier weaves together ideas from across the social and biological sciences to explain how society induces trust. He shows how trust works and fails in social settings, communities, organizations, countries, and the world.

In today's hyper-connected society, understanding the mechanisms of trust is as important as understanding electricity was a century ago. Issues of trust and security are critical to solving problems as diverse as corporate responsibility, global warming, and our moribund political system. After reading Liars and Outliers, you'll think about social problems, large and small, differently.


BRUCE SCHNEIER is an internationally renowned security technologist who studies the human side of security. He is the author of eleven books; and hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, and is regularly quoted in the press.

"The closest thing the security industry has to a rock star."

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Overview
  • Chapter 2 - A Natural History of Security
  • Chapter 3 - The Evolution of Cooperation
  • Chapter 4 - A Social History of Trust
  • Chapter 5 - Societal Dilemmas
  • Chapter 6 - Societal Pressures
  • Chapter 7 - Moral Pressures
  • Chapter 8 - Reputational Pressures
  • Chapter 9 - Institutional Pressures
  • Chapter 10 - Security Systems
  • Chapter 11 - Competing Interests
  • Chapter 12 - Organizations
  • Chapter 13 - Corporations
  • Chapter 14 - Institutions
  • Chapter 15 - How Societal Pressures Fail
  • Chapter 16 - Technological Advances
  • Chapter 17 - The Future