Books About Lies

“All Governments Lie”: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone. Myra MacPherson

“Boasting equal parts scholarship and style, “All Governments Lie” is a highly readable, groundbreaking, and timely look at I. F. Stone — one of America’s most independent and revered journalists, whose work carries the same immediacy it did almost a … Read more

1984. George Orwell

The Thought Police. Doublespeak. Big Brother. George Orwell published this masterwork of dystopian fiction in 1949. Yet the main character Winston Smith could well be living in our own world of alternative facts, historical revisionism, meta-lies and oppression. If you Read more

500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars. Kurt Eichenwald

In 500 Days, master chronicler Kurt Eichenwald lays bare the harrowing decisions, deceptions, and delusions of the eighteen months that changed the world forever, as leaders raced to protect their citizens in the wake of 9/11. With his signature … Read more

935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity. Charles Lewis

Who needs facts in the Age of the Internet?

Facts are and must be the coin of the realm in a democracy, for government “of the people, by the people and for the people,” requires and assumes to some extent … Read more

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age. Daniel J. Levitin

We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process—especially in election season. It’s raining bad data, half-truths, and even outright lies. New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, … Read more

Black Lies Matter: Why Lies Matter to the Race Grievance Industry. Taleeb Starkes

A very blunt and contrarian assessment of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, race relations and business opportunism by author Taleeb Starkes. Not surprisingly, Starkes’ book gains both stellar reviews for delving into facts about the epidemic of black violence and … Read more

Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists. Joel Best

Numbers and statistics can be used to explain and confuse. They can be used to describe a fact and tell a falsehood. So, which is it? Both. Author leads us through the world of data and deceit.

“Joel Best’s classic … Read more

Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal Lies and Secrets. Dr. Claudia Black

No surprise. Lies happen in the bedroom.

“Bestselling author Claudia Black offers women in relationships plagued by sexual betrayal the care and guidance to create a new path of clarity, direction, and confidence. Black uses stories of real women who … Read more

Exposing Lies of the Empire. Andre Vltchek

Over 800 pages devoted to the insightful and passionate dissection of our nation’s global, imperialist deceit.

“Vltchek takes us to all the continents, to slums and palaces, to the villages bombed into the ground, and to the front lines of … Read more

Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations. Garson O’Toole

Many of the quotes we voice or hear are, in fact, wrong or wrongly attributed. And, author and quote investigator Garson O’Toole tries to set us all straight in a first-ever encyclopedia of corrective, historical revisionism. For instance, Albert Einstein … Read more

History’s Greatest Lies: The Startling Truths Behind World Events our History Books Got Wrong. William Weir

The true stories behind historical events give readers a fascinating new look at our past. The revelations shock and amaze by exposing veiled motivations and convenient inaccuracies in well-documented actions by established leaders that often have a continuing effect on … Read more

How to Lie with Statistics. Darrell Huff

Many skeptics will attest to the fact that one person can use a statistic to prove a point, while another can use the very same statistic to disprove it. Statistics are the fuel of a well-oiled deceitful society.

“Darrell Huff … Read more

In Lies We Trust: How Politicians and the Media Are Deceiving the American Public. Ed Brodow

Political affiliation with the right-wing or the left-wing has no bearing on your politician’s need to deceive. It seems that deception is the entrance fee for all who wish to attend the Washington D.C., political fib factory.

“Millions of Americans … Read more

Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control. Glenn Beck

I have never taken Glenn Beck’s pronouncements with less than several grains of salt, viewing him as an entertainer rather than a serious philosopher of our societal challenges. However, he does make some valid points about politics in general, if … Read more

Lies and Liars: How and Why Sociopaths Lie and How You Can Detect and Deal with Them. Gini Graham Scott

There are many different types of lie and many diverse type of liar. One type of liar is the sociopath and he or she may be a more common personality than than you think. Dr. Gini Graham Scott’s book describes … Read more

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. James W. Loewen

According to Professor James Loewen Americans have a lesser grasp of historical fact than at any time. After studying a selection of high school history curricula he discovered that current texts make history dull, boring and forgettable.

Importantly, he also … Read more

Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History. Andrew P. Napolitano

Another day, another book about lies told to you by government officials. Judge Andrew P. Napolitano argues that our fundamental freedoms are under threat from the dilution of truth and fact, and their replacement by spin and lies.

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Lies! Lies!! Lies!!!: The Psychology of Deceit. Dr Charles V Ford M.D.

Dr. Ford examines the flood of lies that inundates each of us every day. His position is that “lying is part of the bridge between one’s internal world (beliefs, perceptions, expectations, fantasies) and one’s external world (reality).”

“This book shines … Read more

Lies, Incorporated: The World of Post-Truth Politics. Ari Rabin-Havt

Misinformation. Disinformation. Lies in politics have reached levels never witnessed before. The book is a fascinating investigation into the history of organized misinformation in politics. It’s especially relevant in today’s post-truth political landscape. And, it should come as no surprise … Read more

Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. Al Franken

Former comedian and now Senator Al Franken takes a swipe at the rhetoric from America’s rightwing. This is much like Glenn Beck’s book attacking the left, but is much more humorous.

“[Al Franken] has listened to their cries of “slander,” … Read more

Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception. Pamela Meyer

We all need to carry this book with us during our daily lives and lies.

“People–friends, family members, work colleagues, salespeople–lie to us all the time. Daily, hourly, constantly. None of us is immune, and all of us are victims. … Read more

Lying. Sam Harris

Author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues in his book Lying that our lives and, indeed society in general, would be much simpler and better if we replaced telling lies with telling the truth. While Harris only focuses on “white” lies … Read more

No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton. Christopher Hitchens

Fluent, incisive and erudite arguments from master wordsmith Christopher Hitchens deconstruct President Bill Clinton’s indiscretions and falsehoods.

“In No One Left To Lie To, a New York Times bestseller, Christopher Hitchens casts an unflinching eye on the Clinton political machine … Read more

On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978. Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich is one of America’s foremost poets, feminist theorists and progressive activists. In this collection of prose she reflects on issues that have shaped her work and life, including motherhood, racism, history and language. Importantly, she muses on our … Read more

Post Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back. Matthew d’Ancona

Matthew d’Ancona is a Guardian political columnist and former editor of the Spectator. Quite rightly, d’Ancona argues that post-truth came into being long before Donald Trump. Indeed, anthropologists suggest hat humans have been lying since we first organized in tribes. … Read more

Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered The World. James Ball

As the Guardian puts it, “We mustn’t just focus on new technologies in explaining the rise of bullshit. We should follow the money”. As old media circulation fades due to high production costs and falling ad revenue the vacuum is … Read more

Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It. Evan Davis

According to the Sunday Times review, “[Evan] Davis’s journey through the bullshit swamplands makes fascinating reading for anybody involved in communication”.… Read more

Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification. Timur Kuran

“Preference falsification, according to the economist Timur Kuran, is the act of misrepresenting one’s wants under perceived social pressures. It happens frequently in everyday life, such as when we tell the host of a dinner party that we are enjoying … Read more

Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception. Philip Houston

We are surrounded by liars of all shapes and sizes and constantly bombarded by a river of falsehoods and misinformation. So, wouldn’t it be refreshing and useful if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth?… Read more

The Big White Lie: The CIA and the Cocaine/Crack Epidemic. Michael Levine

Michael Levine a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency recounts his firsthand observations of drug law violations by CIA agent and other U.S. officials.… Read more

The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald’s obscenely wealthy protagonist lies about many things. He lies about his past. He lies about his romantic life. He lies about the source of his great wealth. He even manufactures small lies about his collection of books — with … Read more

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone–Especially Ourselves. Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely is a behavioral economist and author of the bestselling books The Upside of Irrationality and Predictably Irrational.

In his latest book Ariely looks at the paradoxical forces that can keep us honest and yet turn us into a … Read more

The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships. Robert Feldman

Professor of psychology Robert Feldman is one of the leading authorities on deception. In his 2010 book The Liar in Your Life he reviews a broad body of knowledge to deliver some timely analysis and insight into why and how … Read more

The Lies We Believe. Chris Thurman

A refreshed edition of The Lies We Believe examines the lies people tell themselves that damage emotional health, relationships, and spiritual life.

“Psychologist Dr. Chris Thurman guides the reader through part one that identifies the different areas of self-lies, religious … Read more

The Post-Truth Era: Dishonesty and Deception in Contemporary Life. Ralph Keyes

Ralph Keyes is credited with having invented the term “post-truth”. He published his book, The Post-Truth Era, on cultural dishonesty in 2004. However, it remains highly relevant today. Indeed Keyes was remarkably ahead of his time.

As the summary … Read more

War Is A Lie. David Swanson

Deception is everywhere. You’ll find it in our so-called loving relationships. And, you’ll find it in our war-mongering.

“War Is A Lie is a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, drawing on evidence from numerous past … Read more

White Lies Matter: Race, Crime and the Politics of Fear. Tim Wise

Tim Wise is a prominent author, educator and antiracist activist. His new book, White Lies Matter: Race, Crime and the Politics of Fear, offers a clear and compelling assessment of the false narratives, perpetuated by our political system, the … Read more

Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics. John J. Mearsheimer

An expert in foreign policy, John J. Mearsheimer now turns his attention to a relatively understudied phenomenon, that of cross-border, international lying.

“In Why Leaders Lie, Mearsheimer provides the first systematic analysis of lying as a tool of statecraft, identifying … Read more

You Said What? Lies and Propaganda Throughout History. Bill Fawcett

It’s all about lying for ego, profit and/or fun. Humans have engaged in deceit since they first learned to walk on two legs. Bill Fawcett’s indispensable guide to some of history’s biggest fibbers is a must read for readers of … Read more