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Desmond Morris, Peoplewatching: The Desmond Morris Guide to Body Language, Vintage, 2002

The reference on body language. An update on the '70's definitive masterpiece ('Manwatching'). Starting from a strong anthropological position, it goes into great detail about how we move as we do.

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Allan Pease, Body Language: How to Read Others' Thoughts by Their Gestures, Sheldon Press, 1997 (Also published as Signals: How to Use Body Language for Power, Success, and Love, Bantam Books, 1984)

Written more for a popular audience than People Watching, this excellent book uses many pictures and diagrams to clearly show the many types of body language. it is particularly focused on social situations with the aim of helping anyone improve their social skills.

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Geoffrey Beattie, Visible thought: The new psychology of body language, Routledge, London, 2003 

Geoffrey Beattie is a university professor and resident psychologist on UK TV reality show Big Brother. Here he mixes academics with TV events to add depth to the meaning of gestures, including new challenges to traditional interpretations. Useful and very readable.

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