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People Will Talk

People Will Talk
The Hidden Power of Reputation
John Whitfield
Price: £
9.99
  • eBook
Published: 
26 Apr 2012
ISBN: 
9780715644874
Pages: 
256
Genre: 
  • Social Science
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Why do we care what other people think? The answer is our reputation. Its influence is enormous but, worryingly, often out of our control. So what is the secret of being held in esteem? As John Whitfield shows, there is more to it than being a nice person or being good at what you do. Our position in the world is really in the hands of other people, because it’s created by what others say and think.

People Will Talk uncovers the critical importance of reputation, and what happens when it goes wrong, even explaining the surreal dynamics behind today’s misbehaving celebrities, expenses-fiddling MPs and risk-taking bankers.

Reviews

'Don't miss this' Derren Brown

‘Whitfield’s book takes us from the evolution of reputations to its application in the online world … with reputations playing such an important part in our lives, it is a well-written book that should be of interest to a wide audience’ We Love This Book

John Whitfield

About John Whitfield

John Whitfield holds a PhD from Cambridge University. Before becoming a science writer he was an editor at the leading journal Nature. His work has been published in magazines and newspapers including New Scientist, the London Review of Books, the Guardian, Financial Times and The Sunday Times. He Lives in London.

People Will Talk

People Will Talk
The Hidden Power of Reputation
John Whitfield
Price: £
9.99
  • Paperback
Published: 
20 Jun 2013
ISBN: 
9780715645222
Pages: 
256
Genre: 
Available from:

Why do we care what other people think? The answer is our reputation. Its influence is enormous but, worryingly, often out of our control. So what is the secret of being held in esteem? As John Whitfield shows, there is more to it than being a nice person or being good at what you do. Our position in the world is really in the hands of other people, because it’s created by what others say and think.

People Will Talk uncovers the critical importance of reputation, and what happens when it goes wrong, even explaining the surreal dynamics behind today’s misbehaving celebrities, expenses-fiddling MPs and risk-taking bankers.

Reviews

'Don't miss this' Derren Brown



‘Whitfield’s book takes us from the evolution of reputations to its application in the online world … with reputations playing such an important part in our lives, it is a well-written book that should be of interest to a wide audience’ We Love This Book

John Whitfield

About John Whitfield

John Whitfield holds a PhD from Cambridge University. Before becoming a science writer he was an editor at the leading journal Nature. His work has been published in magazines and newspapers including New Scientist, the London Review of Books, the Guardian, Financial Times and The Sunday Times. He Lives in London.

People Will Talk

People Will Talk
John Whitfield
Price: £
18.99
  • Hardback
Published: 
26 Apr 2012
ISBN: 
9780715643082
Pages: 
272
Genre: 
Available from:

Reputation: its influence is enormous but, worryingly, often out of our control. From the moment we are born, we are trying to work out whom we can trust and trying to make others think the best of us. We carry on doing so throughout life, every time we meet another person in business, friendship or romance; every time we tweak our Facebook or LinkedIn profile; every time we read gossip. Whether selling a car, job hunting, asking someone out or deciding whether to accept the invitation, reputation matters.

People Will Talk looks at biology, economics, philosophy, sociology and literature to uncover the importance of reputation, and what happens when it goes wrong; even explaining the surreal dynamics behind today's misbehaving celebrities, expenses-fiddling MPs and risk-taking bankers.

Reviews

'Don't miss this' Derren Brown



‘Whitfield’s book takes us from the evolution of reputations to its application in the online world … with reputations playing such an important part in our lives, it is a well-written book that should be of interest to a wide audience’ We Love This Book

John Whitfield

About John Whitfield

John Whitfield holds a PhD from Cambridge University. Before becoming a science writer he was an editor at the leading journal Nature. His work has been published in magazines and newspapers including New Scientist, the London Review of Books, the Guardian, Financial Times and The Sunday Times. He Lives in London.