Whereas Subtext and Gestures are essentially about the same subject, body language, the treatment in each case is quite different. Julius Fast, author of Subtext, emphasizes hidden meaning. Encouraging the reader to be aware of subtle cues in order to master situations and to communicate more effectively in order to ensure that one’s gestures are in congruence with one’s will.
In contrast, Roger Axtell informs the reader in a matter of fact way about acquired routine gestures around the world. He does so by writing in an easy to read often humorous anecdotal style, using historical and contemporary references. The book also comes amply illustrated with amusing cartoons.