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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Review: When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its ConsequencesUser Review - Andrew Johnston - Goodreads
A dense read, but an interesting one. "All politicians lie" is just a joke to most people, but Alterman demonstrates how tragically true it really is. Definitely not for anyone who wants to maintain any degree of trust in our government. Read full review
Review: When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its ConsequencesUser Review - Bill - Goodreads
Alterman's points are interesting and important. The writing, however, is academic and so thick that it takes forever to get thru. I've given up after the second try, made it thru just one fourth of it. Read full review