In recent years, a growing number of prominent leaders in Washington, DC, Silicon Valley, and Wall Street have been exposed for deceiving American voters and consumers.  There is also deception in our local communities that causes harm to our citizens.  Many hospitals overcharge for medical procedures.  Insurance and real estate agents often fail to disclose risks.

Are there ways to protect ourselves from those who attempt to deceive us?

Straight Arrow PR is pleased to announce that University of Alabama Professor Timothy R. Levine, author of the highly praised new book Duped: Truth-Default Theory and the Social Science of Lying and Deception, is now available for public speaking and private seminars to offer insights on this subject.

In his presentation, Professor Levine shares his research on:

  • The different forms of deception including outright lies, omission, evasion, and equivocation
  • The latest findings on behavioral “tells and cues” that challenge conventional wisdom
  • Why some people lie and how often they attempt to deceive others
  • Five proven ways to improve lie detection and avoid getting duped 

According to Professor Levine, “Prior to our research, the widely accepted view was that lying was an everyday occurrence with most people lying once or twice a day.  We learned this was accurate but misleading, the catch being – on average.  This means the distribution of lying is highly skewed.  Actually, most people are honest, and most lies are told by a small percentage of prolific liars.”

Levine’s extensive academic research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, and the FBI.



Straight Arrow PR is pleased to announce that Skidmore College English Professor Robert Boyers, author of the highly praised new book The  Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, The Academy & The Hunt for Political Heresies (Scribner 2019), is now available for public speaking and classroom lectures.

Written by a leading liberal intellectual, The Tyranny of Virtue is an insider’s look at shifts in American culture – most especially in the American academy – that many people find alarming.

Part memoir and part polemic, an anatomy of important and dangerous ideas, and a cri de coeur lamenting the erosion of standard liberal values, Boyers’s collection of essays is devoted to such subjects as tolerance, identity, privilege, appropriation, diversity, and ableism that have turned academic life into a minefield.

Why, Robert Boyers asks, are a great many liberals, people who should know better, invested in the drawing up of enemies lists and driven by the conviction that on critical issues no dispute may be tolerated?  Why do many educated persons  labor in the grip of a poisonous fundamentalism?

Professor Robert Boyers’s insights and observations expressed in The Tyranny of Virtue have been well received; however, he has been challenged too.  He invites pushback and controversy, and he has generated a lively debate on an important topic.



Attorney Frank DiStefano, author of the highly praised new book The Next Realignment: Why America’s Parties Are Crumbling and What Happens Next (2019), is now available for public speaking and private seminars to explain what’s really causing the disruptions in our political sphere.  DiStefano’s new topic: The Coming Upheaval in American Politics, predicts our present turmoil will continue to play out for years to come.

Frank asserts, “It’s happening now because the political coalitions and ideologies that have divided America since 1932 are rapidly coming apart in this new information age.  The post-New Deal political era, with its industrial economy and post-war geostrategic alignment, is over.  This era of collapse and eventual renewal will change everything.”

Frank addresses the big questions:  What will our new political coalitions and parties look like?  What ideologies and people will they represent?  What will the next era of America look like?  Most important, what can we do to prepare—both to navigate its pitfalls and harness its opportunities?



Straight Arrow PR is pleased to announce that Jonathan D. T. Ward, author of the highly praised new book China’s Vision of Victory, is now available for public speaking.

Ward has been studying the rise of China for more than a decade.  From travels with truck caravans in Tibet and across the South China Sea by cargo ship in his early twenties, to accessing Communist Party archives, now closed to the world, while working on his PhD at Oxford, he provides critical, timely insight on US-China relations not found anywhere else.

According to Jonathan, “China’s leaders envision a turning point in history, the breaking up of the American-led global order, and the vanquishing of American power in the Pacific and beyond.  Only when China has returned to its seat at the head of all nations, both in Asia and around the world, as the supreme power of the 21st Century, can the ‘great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation’ as China’s leaders call it, then be complete.”

China’s Vision of Victory brings the reader to a new understanding of China’s grand-scale planning and ambitions.  From seabed to space, from Africa to Antarctic, from subsurface warfare to the rise of China’s global corporations, this book illuminates the greatest challenge – the Chinese Communist Party’s ambition to end the American-led world and to bring about a century defined by Chinese power.


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