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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610391179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610391177
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Charles Lewis probably did more than anyone else to launch institutional nonprofit journalism in America. So it is worth paying attention to what he has to say… His reflections, especially on network television, point up the inherent limits of our largest legacy news organizations and embody the hope that new entrants will fill the gaps in newsgathering and, thereby, enlarge the public's capacity for democratic governance.”—the Wall Street Journal

935 LIES provides a powerful survey of the quest for truth amid an explosion of mis-information and misinterpretations in everything from news reporting by traditional TV media to paid lobbyists, advocates, the Internet, and more. The truth becomes even more confusing and impossible under such an onslaught, and 935 Lies explores the many ways truth is manipulated by business and political interests alike. Any college-level reader concerned with the evolving world of disinformation will find this a powerful revealing study.” —Midwest Book Review

“At a time when truth is under siege, acclaimed investigative reporter Charles Lewis has given us a gripping insider’s guide to a new journalistic ecosystem which is exposing lies, greed, and abuses of power across the globe. For citizens everywhere who care about truth-telling and holding those in power accountable.”
Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and publisher of The Nation

“Though people in Washington lie all the time, the word ‘lie’ is very rarely used. In 935 Lies, veteran investigative journalist Chuck Lewis reminds us, in vivid detail, of the many times government leaders and corporations have lied to us and sought to muscle the news business to keep it from exposing the truth. Don’t read it and weep ... read it and get angry!”
Ray Suarez, Host, Inside Story, Al Jazeera America

“In an engaging and challenging amalgam of memoir and expose, Charles Lewis, a career-long muckraking crusader for truth, takes no prisoners in a deeply researched exploration of outrageous lying to the public and too-often ineffectual commercial news media by the American government, politicians, and corporations. An energetic journalistic reformer, Lewis nevertheless sees hope for the future of truth in the digital revolution and the rise of public-spirited nonprofit news media, in which he has been a key player.”
Leonard Downie, Jr., Vice President-at-Large, the Washington Post

“Insightful. Original. Provocative. Charles Lewis at his best!”
Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center

“If you like straight talk, unvarnished history, and are not interested in being politically correct, this is the book for you.”
Seymour M. Hersh

“An amazingly sharp take on why trust in America’s leaders, institutions, and media is at an all-time low. Charles Lewis goes through far more than 935 lies from politicians, government, and corporations. He cuts to the lies we Americans tell ourselves.”
Juan Williams, author of Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate, Fox News political analyst, and columnist for The Hill

About the Author

A bestselling author and national investigative journalist for the past thirty years, Charles Lewis is a tenured professor of journalism and, since 2008, the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop  at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. He is the founder of The Center for Public Integrity  and several other nonprofit organizations. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Customer Reviews

Great affirmation for us who claim a set of ethics and who claim to be moral.
R Kelly
This is the chapter that causes me to appreciate the author's broadness of reading -- every page sparkles with at least one recommended book title.
Robert David STEELE Vivas
The author has even proposed a new brand multi-disciplinary academic field that he has dubbed "Accountability Studies".
Paul Tognetti

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I'm not thrilled with the title because it implies to the browser that the book is about the 935 now-documented lies that led to the war in Iraq, and that is not the case -- those lies are simply one of many evidentiary cases spanned a much broader spectrum. As the author himself outlines early on, the book is about a retrospective review of the struggle for truth from the lies that led to Viet-Nam to date (less 9/11); a concurrent review of the corruption and diminuition of commercial journalism; and finally, the future of the truth.

Start at the end -- on a whim I did, reading the 8th and final chapter first, and what I found not only persuaded me that this author is an intellectual and moral giant, but that he may yet have his most important work before him, the astonishing depth and breadth of his past 20 years not withstanding. Returning to the beginning, I appreciated the first seven chapters with the benefit of the author's own concluding perspective.

I would quibble with the author in starting with Viet-Nam, but it makes sense in the context of his focus on the Constitution as the first casualty, and the long march from giving the President war powers for Viet-Nam to letting Dick Cheney get away with 935 lies leading to Iraq. For me, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the Warren Commission cover-up are a more logical starting point. That was the point at which presidents ceased being president, and the start of what Matt Taibbi would later immortalize with a new word: Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Strathbogie on July 6, 2014
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A must read. You wonder why the TV news is so bland? Why the newspapers seem to gloss over what should be a big deal? Why the news media generally takes the government line, any government, any line, all the time? This book tells you why, and the story causes me great concern for our freedoms (what little we have that Bush/Cheney/Obama haven't taken).
This is a good read. It moves, doesn't drag, appears to have no political bias, and it documents all its positions. Buy it, rent it, whatever, just read it.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By katheryn Johnson on July 4, 2014
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This book finally exposes the fundamental truth that lying has become a normal practice and that there is no one side or the other that does it different. The fact that it takes on all genres and political ideologies makes it that much more credible when read. This book is highly important and should be read by all voters in the US. Another book that has this kind of honesty is American Séance. The American Séance book has solutions without allegiances or political motivation. This book is a lie detector test that publically denounces American Politicians and Big Business. It is vital at this point in history that we be honest with one another even if we disagree. This book sets a baseline.

“If you like the [health care] plan you have, you can keep it.”: President Barack Obama, November 6, 2009 (similarly stated numerous times)

“I can say categorically that . . . no one in the White House staff, no one in this Administration, presently employed, was involved in this very bizarre incident.”: President Richard Nixon, discussing the Watergate burglary, press conference, August 29, 1972

“We found the weapons of mass destruction [in Iraq]. We found biological laboratories.”: President George W. Bush, May 29, 2003
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I just saw an Internet comment alleging that Hillary led us into Iraq! While I don't excuse her voting for the invasion, such an allegation is incredibly malicious - and indicative of the need for '935 Lies' to help reaffirm, clarify, and set the record straight.

Author Lewis found that the Bush administration made 935 false statements in the two-year period prior to our invading Iraq. On at least 532 occasions they ominously declared that Iraq had WMD, was trying to produce or obtain them, and/or was significantly linked to al Qaeda. President Bush led with 259 false statements (231 about WMD in Iraq and 28 about Iraq's links to al Qaeda), followed by Secretary of State Powell (244 false statements about WMS in Iraq and 10 about Iraqi links to al Qaeda. Also adding to the non-stop din - V.P. Cheney, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleisher and Scot McClellan. AND the Pentagon recruited and coached 75 retired military officers to be 'independent' paid consultants and media analysts to make the case for war in Iraq; many also had large, undisclosed tires to defense companies.

Another surprise - Halliburton, along with its subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root, were overwhelmingly the largest financial beneficiaries of our invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. (Turns out Cheney, while CEO of Halliburton, had doubled its lobbying, campaign contributions, and federal government contracts prior to becoming V.P.)

And what about our much-vaunted 'Fourth Estate?' Instead of critically investigating these false claims, they mostly uncritically simply relayed and repeated the administration's lies. Worse yet, a few reporters (eg. Judith Miller) even added to the lies.
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A bestselling author and national investigative journalist for over 30 years, Charles Lewis is a tenured professor of journalism and since 2008 the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. He is the founder of The Center for Public Integrity and several other nonprofit organizations, and the author in 2014 of 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity.

He left a successful career as an investigative producer for ABC News and the CBS News program 60 Minutes and began the Center from his home, growing it to a full-time staff of 40 people. Under his leadership, the nonpartisan Center published roughly 300 investigative reports, including 14 books, from 1989 through 2004, and these major reporting projects were honored more than 30 times by national journalism organizations. His fifth and last co-authored book with the Center staff, The Buying of the President 2004 (HarperCollins/Perennial) was a New York Times bestseller.

In 1996, the New Yorker called The Center for Public Integrity "the center for campaign scoops." For example, that year Lewis and the Center issued a report, Fat Cat Hotel, which first revealed that the Clinton administration had been rewarding major donors with White House overnight stays in the "Lincoln Bedroom." In 2003, weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Center posted secret draft "Patriot II" legislation, and in October the Center posted all of the known U.S. war contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Windfalls of War first identified that Halliburton and its subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root had received the most money from those contracts, and it won the first George Polk Award for Internet Reporting.

Since 1992, Lewis has traveled and spoken publicly in 26 countries on six continents. In late 1997, he began the Center's International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the world's first working network of now 185 premier reporters in more than 65 countries producing content across borders. And that made www.publicintegrity.org the "first global website devoted to international exposés."

In 2005, Lewis co-founded Global Integrity, an independent, nonprofit organization utilizing journalists and social scientists to track governance and corruption trends around the world. And from 2005 through 2008, he served as founding president of the Fund for Independence in Journalism in Washington, an endowment and legal defense support organization for the Center for Public Integrity. During that time, he also was a consultant on access to information issues to the Carter Center in Atlanta, a Ferris Professor at Princeton University and a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University.

Lewis, once described as "a watchdog in the corridors of power" by the National Journal, was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1998. And in 2004, PEN USA, the respected literary organization, gave its First Amendment award to Lewis, "for expanding the reach of investigative journalism, for his courage in going after a story regardless of whose toes he steps on, and for boldly exercising his freedom of speech and freedom of the press." In 2009, the Encyclopedia of Journalism cited Lewis as "one of the 30 most notable investigative reporters in the U.S. since World War I."

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