Many works have dealt with lying and with politics, and some have dealt with the two themes together. But nobody has done quite what Jay does. He gives us an erudite survey of much of the literature on lying since Plato, then offers us a tour of the literature on ‘the political,’ and then, finally, brings the two into confrontation with each other. It is possible that this is Jay’s best book. In any case, it will surely become a primary reference point for anyone who wants to think seriously about lies and lying.
(Allan Megill, University of Virginia author of Historical Knowledge, Historical Error: A Contemporary Guide to Practice
Erudite.... [A] fascinating history of politics’ enduring struggle with lying.
About the Author
Martin Jay is the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History at the University of California–Berkeley, and the author of The Dialectical Imagination and Downcast Eyes.