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

Category: Book
By (author): Alterman, Eric
Subject:  HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  NON-FICTION / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / Executive Branch
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Media & Internet
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: June 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 400
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From The Publisher*The definitive history of presidential lying, revealing 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.
Biographical NoteEric 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.