When Presidents Lie
Lying has become pervasive in American lifebut what happens when the falsehoods are perpetrated by the Oval Office? As the lies told by our government become more and more intricate, they begin to weave a tapestry of deception that creates problems far larger than those lied about in the first place. Eric Altermans When Presidents Lieis a compelling historical examination of four specific post-World War II presidential lies whose consequences were greater than could ever have been predicted. FDR told the American people that peace was secure in Europe, setting the stage for McCarthyism and the cold war. John F. Kennedys unyielding stance during the Cuban missile crisis masked his secret deal with the Soviet Union. Misrepresented aggression at the Gulf of Tonkin by the North Vietnamese gave LBJ the power to start a war. Finally, Ronald Reagans Central American wars ended in the ignominy of the Iran-contra scandal. In light of George W. Bushs war in Iraq, which Alterman examines in the books conclusion, When Presidents Lieis a warningone more relevant today than ever beforethat the only way to prevent these lies is Americas collective demand for truth.
- 2004 Penguin
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