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Lying in State: Why Presidents Lie -- And Why Trump Is Worse

Lying in State: Why Presidents Lie -- And Why Trump Is Worse

by Eric Alterman


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This definitive history of presidential lying reveals how our standards for truthfulness have eroded — and why Trump's lies are especially dangerous.

If there's one thing we know about Donald Trump, it's that he lies. But he's by no means the first president to do so. In Lying in State, Eric Alterman asks how we ended up with such a pathologically dishonest commander in chief, showing that, from early on, the United States has persistently expanded its power and hegemony on the basis of presidential lies. He also reveals the cumulative effect of this deception-each lie a president tells makes it more acceptable for subsequent presidents to lie-and the media's complicity in spreading misinformation. Donald Trump, then, represents not an aberration but the culmination of an age-old trend.

Full of vivid historical examples and trenchant analysis, Lying in State is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how we arrived in this age of alternative facts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541616820
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 08/11/2020
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.37(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Eric Alterman is a distinguished professor of English at CUNY Brooklyn College and holds a PhD in history from Stanford University. A columnist for the Nation, he is the author of ten previous titles, including the New York Times bestseller What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News. He lives in New York.

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