August 2, 2016

Book review: Why Leaders Lie by John J. Mearsheimer

With the 2016 US presidential elections closing in, the debates have become increasingly precarious. The gap between honesty and dishonesty is vague. Both Clinton and Trump have been caught lying, concealing and spinning information in the duration of their presidential campaigns. Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics by John J. Mearsheimer provides a fresh new perspective on the reasons why politicians tend to deceive the public.

The book was published back in 2011, so it doesn’t cover the current presidential elections. It does, however, provide a unique explanation on why and how politicians lie, conceal or spin information. The subject of political lies is not only extremely interesting but its relevance is as important as ever.

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