I'm not that much into sociology in general, but since it's very rare that Bruce Schneier has nothing interesting to say, I decided to delve into his new book. It is, in fact, a sociology book in many ways, focused on the issue of trust. Schneier starts from the basic fact that trust is absolutely necessary for a social group to work, and particularly so in our ever more globalised reality. He then goes on analysing the different issues that arise from his basic premise: how does trust work? How can we force people to comply with social norms? Is it possible, or even desirable, to reach a situation in which everyone respects every norm? The answer to this last question, in typical schneieresque fashion, is that such a situation would not only be practically impossible, but also undesirable: the outliers, those who break the rules, are in many cases those we have to thank for progress and social evolution.
A stimulating book, even though its length seems to be more suitable for a specialised or academic audience more than the general public, which could probably find some sort of "condensed" version easier to read.