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Why Leaders Lie By James Mearsheimer

Why Leaders Lie
by James Mearsheimer

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Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics by James Mearsheimer

In Why Leaders Lie, John Mearsheimer provides the first systematic analysis of lying at the highest levels. He identifies the different forms of lying, the reasons why lies are used as a tool of statecraft, the potential costs and benefits. Drawing both on historical and present-day examples, he argues that leaders often lie for good strategic reasons as Roosevelt and Churchill did in World War Two which makes blanket condemnation unrealistic and unwise. And there is always an important difference between lying to another state and lying to one's own people, as in the invasion of Iraq. Why Leaders Lie explains the different consequences that result from lying to another state, and from lying to ones own people as in the invasion of Iraq. John Mearsheimer discovers that interstate lying has always been unusual; due to the distrust among great powers, outright deceit is difficult to pull off, and sometimes backfires. Leaders more frequently mislead their own publics and democratic leaders like our own do it more often than dictators. This book explains why. There has never been a full discussion of international lying. Why Leaders Lie fills the gap with a deeply informed and powerfully argued account, which provides a template for understanding the real world of high-level decision making.

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Why Leaders Lie Reviews


Mearsheimer is admirably rigorous in his definition of lying ... The professor has a mastery of detail and a telling eye for a quote. -- Peter Oborne * Spectator *
Fascinating ... Why Leaders Lie offers a treatise on the biggest of big fat lies * Washington Post *
Myth-makers beware! Writing with verve and economy, John Mearsheimer breaks new ground in exposing this hot-button issue to systematic scrutiny. -- Jack Snyder, Professor of International Relations, Columbia University
Mearsheimer is admirably rigorous in his definition of lying ... The professor has a mastery of detail and a telling eye for a quote. -- Peter Oborne * Spectator *
Fascinating ... Why Leaders Lie offers a treatise on the biggest of big fat lies * Washington Post *
Myth-makers beware! Writing with verve and economy, John Mearsheimer breaks new ground in exposing this hot-button issue to systematic scrutiny. -- Jack Snyder, Professor of International Relations, Columbia University

About James Mearsheimer


John Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago. His books include The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, which won the Joseph Lepgold Book Prize, and New York Times bestseller The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, which has been translated into nineteen languages.

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GOR006063743
Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics by James Mearsheimer
James Mearsheimer
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Overlook Press
2012-08-16
160
0715643703
9780715643709
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