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THE LIE DETECTORS: The History of an American Obsession

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Genesis and evolution of the polygraph, a spurious device that remains a pillar of US law enforcement and national security even though it doesn't work—except when it does.Alder (History/Northwestern Univ.), who received great acclaim for his history of the metric system (The Measure of All Things, 2002), meticulously traces the early fascination surrounding the supposed science—but mostly art ... Read full review

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