Liars & Outliers 50% off today only

I’m still reading my copy of Bruce Schneier’s Liars and Outliers.

Liars and Outliers by Bruce Scheier book review

I plan eventually to post a review of this book, but then Schneier’s publisher announced a 50% off Cyber Monday sale for a DRM-free e-text of all of their books.

Schneier is an expert in cryptography. One might wonder what connection exists between the mathematics of encrypted communications and bicycling, but it’s difficult to claim expertise in computer security without paying attention to the substantial human element. Our risk assessment skills worked fine when we lived in small groups back in the stone age, but they fail miserably in our complex, modern society. This causes most people, for example, to believe that cycling in traffic is more dangerous than it actually is. Schneier also covers societal issues and group dynamics that come directly into play when you look at transportation policy.

While he’s not a social scientist, Schneier’s latest book examines the role of trust in modern society and examines wider issues that he began to took at in his earlier book Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World..

50% off of the e-text today only direct from O’Reilly. I don’t get a dime from mentioning this. I might get a few pennies if you purchase the hardcover through Amazon.

3 Comments

  • November 26, 2012 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I actually know who Bruce Schneier is! I use PasswordSafe too, and keep the Java version of it on my USB drive on my keychain.

    But I had no idea how you would draw a line between digital security and cycling. Well done.

  • Kristen
    November 26, 2012 - 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I follow Schneier’s blog daily. Really surprised to hear you’re reading his latest book! Been meaning to grab it once I’m done with a book I’m currently reading. Hope you can share your thoughts! And thanks for the FYI on the discount!

    Kristen

  • November 26, 2012 - 4:10 pm | Permalink

    You can call me a Bruce Schneier fanboy. I’m a long time reader of Crypto-Gram and, now, his blog too.

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