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This book, exhaustively researched concentrates on four specific incidents.
All in all, a great book and a great addition to anyone's reading list for Cold War literature, foreign policy, presidential misdeeds, and political science.
Throughout the book Alterman is consistent in his belief that American leaders owe the American people the truth at all times.
Riviting tale of the lies and deceit of those you may have voted for. Things are as they seem and the truth is best served by telling it.Published 5 months ago by Lee Brown
So three democratic POTUSes are responsible for our current political catastrophe. Whudda thunk it...
FDR, JFK and LBJ. Read more
I highly recommend this book for its studies of several recent (post WWII) situations in which circumstances caused the US executive power to lie or to let itself be deluded. Mr. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Seoigheach
First, the highlights:
For people fairly acquainted with each of the four highlighted episodes, there is not a lot new here in terms of facts, but the analysis of... Read more
While I appreciate Alterman's accounts of the various costs of the official lying, I'm a little mystified at his conclusions about such lying. Read morePublished on March 4, 2007 by Publius
Altho, the prevarications of earlier presidents are not included, this book weaves a fastenating tale of how one lie begets another, leaving a trail of falsehoods paving the past. Read morePublished on February 18, 2007 by John V. Vaisvil
Since the Watergate scandal, the assumption among the American press and people that the president always tells the truth has been destroyed. Read morePublished on January 21, 2007 by Newton Ooi
we will need another volume devoted to his "evolving" reasons for invading Iraq or for torture or for the wall of shame, etc. Read morePublished on October 27, 2006 by C. Scanlon
Liberal Media star Eric Alterman has written a profoundly conservative book demonstrating that truth is sometimes better served by truth than by a bodyguard of lies. Read morePublished on January 24, 2006 by sandalista