The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters
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The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters

We’re not supposed to trust others. Look at the headlines. Read the blogs. Study the survey data. It seems that everyone is wary, that everyone is just looking out for themselves. But a sense of social trust and togetherness can be restored.

In The Leap, best-selling author Ulrich Boser shows how the emerging research on trust can improve our lives, rebuild our economy, and strengthen society. As part of this engaging and deeply reported narrative, Boser visits a radio soap opera in Rwanda that aims to restore the country’s broken trust, profiles the man who brought honesty to one of the most corrupt cities in Latin America, and explains how a college dropout managed to con his way into American high society. Boser even goes skydiving to see if the experience will increase his levels of oxytocin, the so-called "trust hormone.”

A powerful mix of hard science and compelling storytelling, The Leap explores how we trust, why we trust, and what we can all do to deepen social trust. The book includes insightful policy recommendations along with surprising new data on the state of social trust in America today.

Title:The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters
ISBN:0544262018
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:176 pages

    The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters Reviews

  • Michael Griswold
    Aug 26, 2014

    In order for people to get the most out of The Leap: The Science of Trust & Why it Matters, they will be required to take a leap of faith of sorts. In an America increasingly seized by cynicism and di...

  • Aditia Dwiperdana
    Nov 09, 2016

    The first part is interesting, as the author explains about trust from a scientific point of view, like the effects of oxytocin etc. The author also explains trust from the social aspect, how we can g...

  • Espen Sle
    Sep 25, 2016

    Not very trustworthy, but an OK book for skimming through Very thin in terms of research, but the author brings forward some interesting perspectives if you are new to the subject....

  • Matt Picchietti
    Dec 21, 2016

    Meh. I was hoping this would be more interesting than it was. This is The USA Today version of the Putnam's Cliff Notes version of Bowling Alone....

  • Glen
    Oct 06, 2015

    Ulrich explores notions of trust building that combine common sense with empirical research. The anecdotal value of this book is very helpful in visualizing how these concepts apply to such areas as e...

  • E
    Oct 18, 2014

    The Leap is a clear and concise look at the importance of trust in our society. Through a nice balance of underlying research and illustrative examples, Boser takes us through his exploration of the v...

  • Kerry
    Aug 11, 2015

    The book starts out strong but its arguments loosen as it progresses. They sometimes lack coherency and the types of details that would instill, if I may be so bold to say it, trust in the author. Stu...

  • Judah
    Jun 10, 2015

    Eating your friends? Working with murders? Fooling the country? Putting your life in the hands of a complete stranger? This Book goes through some of the most amazing examples of trust, and explains t...

  • Ellen Gail
    Oct 23, 2015

    Sometimes a book, no matter it's quality, just doesn't fit into your life. Right now The Leap is there for me. It took me over 2 weeks to read an under 150 page book. During those weeks, work basicall...

  • Taylor Ellwood
    Dec 31, 2014

    In the Leap, the author explores the neurochemistry and social behavior aspects of trust and why trust matters in order for societies and relationships to work. It's a fascinating read into the behavi...