When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its Consequences
At a time when most Americans assume that their presidents lie to them, no book could be more essential than bestselling author Eric Alterman’s devastating analysis of the costs of executive duplicity. One of the best-known left-of-center journalist-historians in America, Alterman argues that those costs are not merely moral but practical. As examples, he uses four key lies told by presidents in the postwar era. From FDR at Yalta to LBJ in Vietnam, and from JFK in Cuba to Ronald Reagan in Central America, Alterman shows how attempts to mislead the American people ended up haunting their authors and dooming the very policies they were meant to advance. Closing with an examination of the Bush deceptions in Iraq, When Presidents Lieis history at its most compelling.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lkrier - LibraryThing
This kind of book is right up my alley: informative, detailed, and written engagingly enough that descriptions of cabinet meetings didn't put me to sleep. As a raving left-winger Alterman's book just ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rampaginglibrarian - LibraryThing
I learned a lot of history in general when reading this book and also that being a politician really means learning to lie with panache (unless you're Jimmy Carter) Read full review