Lying for Empire: How to Commit War Crimes With a Straight Face

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Presidents tell lies to justify wars, to cover up wars and to excuse some of the worst atrocities in history. In this provocative study of eight presidents, David Model shows why presidents just can't stop themselves from lying-and what happens to the world when they do. You'll meet: Harry Truman torched whole cities with nukes just to score diplomatic points with the Russians. Even high-ranking military officials expressed revulsion. Dwight Eisenhower, famous for warning against the "military industrial complex"...
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Overview

Presidents tell lies to justify wars, to cover up wars and to excuse some of the worst atrocities in history. In this provocative study of eight presidents, David Model shows why presidents just can't stop themselves from lying-and what happens to the world when they do. You'll meet: Harry Truman torched whole cities with nukes just to score diplomatic points with the Russians. Even high-ranking military officials expressed revulsion. Dwight Eisenhower, famous for warning against the "military industrial complex" had no compunction against using it to topple democracy in Guatemala using propaganda and dirty tricks. Lyndon Johnson relentlessly attacked South Vietnam, the country he claimed we were saving. No study of presidential propaganda can omit Richard Nixon's bombing of Cambodia, a major crime against humanity. From the arms for hostages deal, to the contra war to topple Nicaragua's government, Ronald Reagan set the standard for future presidents. George H. Bush provides a useful lesson in diplomacy when planning war: head off negotiations at any cost. His refusal to negotiate cost hundreds of thousands of lives. Not to be outdone in service to empire, Bill Clinton managed to paint bombing Serbia and killing civilians as an effort to save them. George W Bush, the final president reviewed in this study sets new standards for brazenness in lying over his invasion of Iraq. David Model offers strong evidence that George W. Bush is a psychopath.

In Lying For Empire, Model shows not just how presidents lie but also how the lies are privatized by the public relations and media industries, moving audacious claims into the realm of "truth."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567513202
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Model is a professor of political science and economics at Seneca College in Toronto. He has previously written People Before Profits: Reversing the Corportae Agenda and Corporate Rule: Understanding and Challening the New World Order.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 They just can't stop themselves : crimes against humanity 18
Ch. 2 Incineration as diplomacy : how Truman torched whole cities with nukes to score points 40
Ch. 3 The first banana republic : Eisenhower's dedication to destroying democracy in Guatemala 79
Ch. 4 Quagmire of deceit : Johnson and the escalation of the Vietnam War 113
Ch. 5 Worse than hell : Nixon paves the way to Cambodia with bad intentions 140
Ch. 6 Topple one for the Gipper : Reagan and the destruction of the Nicaraguan government 164
Ch. 7 The George H. Bush formula for war with Iraq : prevent negotiations at all costs 198
Ch. 8 The empire as good guy : Clinton kills civilians to save them 246
Ch. 9 Finishing the job : George W. Bush and the bombing of Iraq 280
Ch. 10 Psychopath number 43 301
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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    What the media won't tell you

    After reading this book I decided our Fourth Estate is lacking in keeping us informed. Most Americans are so interested in only their own party they can't see our leaders through the trees. Step back and read what you should know if you are to be an informed patriot in our democracy.

    Wish is was on Nook as an e-book since I'd like my sister to read it.

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