Monday, March 19, 2012

#Book-Review: "Crime Signals: How to Spot a Criminal Before You Become a Victim"

This book comes highly recommended by our Professor for Corporate Finance, to increase awareness.

The reason this book is useful is that there is discussion about use of anthropology to detect signals in a person that may indicate crime in the future. The same concept can be applied to Corporations to detect potential crime, the signs of which may not be visible / recognizable by everyone. Only the experts can sense that something is wrong. Forensic Accounting and Forensic Finance can help detect signals, just like human beings can detect body language that may indicate potential crime. I decided to take a look at the reviews online. Here below, is one book review.  

From the link:

By David Givens, Ph.D. (St. Martin’s Press, $24.95)

Givens, who decoded the body language of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein for the Department of Defense, has written a book that is an essential tool for warding off crime and protecting us against people who want to harm us.

Almost no crimes are committed without some external clues beforehand. Keeping yourself safe is generally a matter of learning how to spot certain danger signs and – when you do – removing yourself from harm’s way. Though many criminals are accomplished liars, very few are capable of truly concealing their intentions. The secret is learning to detect the signs and being more conscious of what is happening in your immediate surroundings.

According to Givens, the telltale signs include the tensing of lips, which can indicate deceptiveness, the touching of one’s own body or face, which can often be a signal that someone is lying and clenching of the jaw and “flashbulb eyes,” all suggesting that someone is on the verge of an attack.

Filled with fascinating real-life stories of crime and survival, “Crime Signals” is a highly informative book that will help us read a stranger’s body language so that we can eliminate many of the harmful situations that are, unfortunately, more and more common in the dangerous society in which we live. In the criminal world, nonverbal signs, signals and cues speak louder than words, and many of the survival tips in this book should help many of us feel more secure and safe in our daily lives.

Grade: B

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