When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its Consequences

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Penguin, 2005 - Political Science - 447 pages
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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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User 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 Consequences

User 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

Contents

On Lies Personal and Presidential
1
Franklin D Roosevelt Harry S Truman
23
John F Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis
90
Lyndon B Johnson and the Gulf
160
Ronald W Reagan Central America
238
George W Bush
294
Notes
315
Works Cited
407
Index
433
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Eric Alterman, media columnist for the Nation, is professor of English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, senior fellow of the Center for American Progress, and “Altercation” weblogger for MSNBC.com. He is the author of five previous books, including What Liberal Media?and Sound and Fury.

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