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"David Swanson's "War Is A Lie" should be required reading. It gives you the arguments, outrage and inspiration you need to take action. Read it." Medea Benjamin, author, peace activist."

About the Author

David Swanson is an American author, blogger, and anti-war activist. He served as press secretary for Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign. He was a key figure in making the Downing Street Memo known across America. The memo, the leaked minutes of a meeting of the British war cabinet, exposed the lies behind the war in Iraq and was a key element in turning the majority of American people against the war in Iraq. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: David Swanson (October 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983083002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983083009
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Kall VINE VOICE on November 16, 2010
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Activist David Swanson is well respected in the anti-war community as a man who walks his talk in a bold, committed, solid way, that he is a principled leader.
Now we must add to that list of credentials authorship of an important, destined to be classic book.
War Is A Lie addresses the web of lies, the tabu subjects, the false claims, the mythic messages that are hollow and empty and it lays waste to them.

Swanson's book is a (I've never used the term to describe a book before) Tour de Force, an intellectual accomplishment that lays out the truths about war and the lies that support in a way that every peace activist, every anti-war organization and group must digest and frankly, use as the tools to take the arguments against war to a new more effective level.

if there are awards for brilliant books that explode new ways to oppose the evils of t his world, then David should sweep the field this year.

One more thing. It is an exceptional accomplishment to present a book with such important ideas. It is another thing to write extraordinarily well, so, on page after page, the words are quotable, rising off the page with vivacity.
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"This book is revolutionary, and certainly truth-telling in a remarkable and brave way. The writing is so clear and easy-to-read, too. A pleasure to read, except that the content is so devastating, because it all means that not only are we utterly deceived but our entire reality is based on that deception. Swanson has gotten to the core of something. The only thing is I'm not sure he realizes how hopeless it is to expect a change -- and yet that is part of the appeal of his writing: his hopefulness in the face of lies and repression and denial." - Jennifer Van Bergen, author of The Twilight of Democracy: The Bush Plan for America.

David Swanson's eye-opening Truth about Wars is a Must-Read for the Millions of US who reject Bush's ghost-written Lies
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David Swanson's in-depth analysis of the fact that war is perpetrated and perptuated by just a few people in power, to the detriment of everyone on earth and our planet earth itself, is a must read that will inspire the reader to take action against this huge injustice. If it hasn't been clear before, that war makes us poor both economically and morally, it will be clear to any reader of David's new book, "War is Lies". It is difficult to comprehend that all the warnings we've had for decades, (Gen. Dwight Esienhower had much to say about this and put it very succinctly when he said, "As a soldier who experienced war I must say that war is brutality, futility and stupidity.")about the war-profiteering industries running our governement, but David shows us how we have have been the victims of lies by people we trusted, and that we can no longer be apathetic about confronting the insanity of war. I am a "peacemaker" using whatever gifts I've been given, to write picture books and create games that teach children why violence and war is not the "power" to be emulated as they've been taught in video games, cartoons, and more. There are no "winners" in violence at any level, but the postive climate of peaceful relationships is where creative cooperation flourishes for the benefit of all. My book "The Planet Gazimbo in Galaxy Zamz" is obviously in a differnt, more simple format than David's, but I'm happy to see that it has also gotten 5-star reviews on the Amazon site!
Best Wishes to you, David. With your permission I will recommend your book on my website,
peacepowerpress.net I hope your book soars to "Best Seller" quickly! We need your wise insights and inspiration to be exposed to millions of people!
Peace and Best Wishes,
Frank Swift
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War Is A Lie David Swanson is a great writer, a deep thinker, and an honest advocate for peace and common sense. Do yourself a favor. Buy and read this book. Buy 3 extra copies and send it to your member of Congress and 2 Senators. If they pay any attention to it, you will save 10,000 times the cover price in tax cuts over the next several years.
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Isn't it obvious to everyone by now that war accomplishes nothing and is a tragic waste of lives, money and our faith in the goodness of humankind? War is a criminal activity; it turns feeling human beings into coldblooded killing machines. What good ever comes of war? I've heard that veterans look back fondly on their war experiences as the best time in their lives. How sad that they can't create that camaraderie and teamwork in an arena other than war, death and destruction. David is a brilliant writer and researcher: literate, ironic, detail oriented, accurate, funny, sarcastic, clever, and spot on. He clearly loves to have fun with his subject, but he's also deadly serious. Ending war is the highest and best goal we could and must undertake and David is just the man to show us the path-- for our kids' sakes and the future of our lovely mother earth. Citizens, there's no time to waste; let's end the crime of war in our lifetimes.
Cynthia Papermaster, Director, National Accountability Action Network
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David Swanson is a peace activist who strongly opposes all wars. In that vein, he wrote this book in the hopes of giving people the tools to identify the lies that get our citizens into unnecessary wars that are illegal, immoral, and do far more harm than good. He made a lot of good points throughout the book:

- the *legislative* branch is supposed to be in charge of declaring/debating war, and shouldn't cede this role to the executive branch (p. 8-9)
- psychologically speaking, it is the fear of being dominated by others that drives people to support wars launched for national defense (p. 17), especially if they are a prosperous people, as they have more to lose (p. 47)
- although wars are fought against the image of evil/ruthless dictators (or terrorists), it is the people in the lands being invaded/liberated that end up suffering (p. 30)
- war is not the only option; there are other ways around international quagmires, and people should press their elected officials to strive for those solutions first (p. 128-9)
- wars are no longer fought exclusively on the battlefield. If soldiers are stationed in villages and towns, how can they tell who among the populace is an innocent civilian and who is an enemy combatant hidden among the populace? For that matter, how can victory be defined in such a conflict? (p. 213, 235)

I just highlighted a few of his major points. There are a lot more such insights available throughout the book, as well as a discussion of the motivations elected officials have for instigating armed conflicts (p. 168-173, and 194-204), and the negative effects that war has on the parties involved (p. 220-222).

So far, so good.
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