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When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its Consequences (Penguin Lives Series) Hardcover – 23 Sep 2004

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books; 1st Edition edition (23 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670032093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670032099
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.7 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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A fascinating look at US Presidents and their relation with the facts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The buck stops here, but not the truth... 21 Jan. 2007
By Newton Ooi - Published on
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Since the Watergate scandal, the assumption among the American press and people that the president always tells the truth has been destroyed. The first Bush's promise of "No New Taxes" and Clinton's wrangling over the Lewinski affair have only served to reinforce the image of presidents lying over various matters in order to win re-elections and settle political scores with other politicians. This book, so aptly titled, ignores these three well-known cases of presidential lying, and instead focuses on four specific cases where a president lied regarding an area of government where the president really does not need to lie; foreign policy. All four cases are unique in that in each one, the president knowingly told what he knew was wrong, even when there many who would have supported the truth, and in doing so, committed the US to go down a road more costly in terms of money, prestige, blood, and respect. The four cases are FDR's public comments on the Yalta agreement, JFK's handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, LBJ's play on the Tonkin Gulf incidents, and Reagan's handling of the various proxy wars in Central America. In all these cases, all part of the Cold War, the president in charge chose a course of action knowing that it was the wrong course, but trusted their own ability to juggle and evade the consequences in the future. All were wrong, and either their administration, or the following one, paid the consequences.

The book presents its cases in chronological order, and is quite good at showing how one case eventually helped spawn the other, thus providing great transitions. The book is also written quite objectively, and takes into accounts sources both public and private, from both sides of the Cold War. The text flows easily and quickly and always provides enough background information to give proper context. 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 Sept. 2015
By Vincent P. - Published on
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Must read for every American to learn what unethical acts American President's do while in office.
4.0 out of 5 stars " A must Read " 19 Sept. 2015
By MICHAEL WHELAN - Published on
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American Politics is fascinating, refreshing to read a book of this quality.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 Oct. 2015
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great read
5.0 out of 5 stars Veryb Riviting Things are as they seem and the truth is best served by telling it. 22 Nov. 2013
By Lee Brown - Published on
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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.
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