935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America%E2%80%99s Moral Integrity

Charles Lewis, read by Don Lee. HighBridge Audio, , unabridged, digital download, 9 hrs., $25.87 ISBN 978-1-62231-166-8
According to Lewis’s outspoken study of recent U.S. history, his title reflects the exact number of times members and allies of the Bush-Cheney White House issued untrue “facts” justifying military action in Iraq. Not that the book is focused solely on W’s term as president: there are vehement condemnations of Lyndon Johnson’s truth-bending on Vietnam, Richard Nixon’s response to Watergate, and even Barack Obama’s handling of the Affordable Care Act. Taking the brunt of Lewis’s wrath are current members of the news media who enable politically inspired lies. He also pulls no punches when he describes the reasons why he felt forced to resign as Mike Wallace’s producer on the television series 60 Minutes. Lee has a deep, resonant reading voice. It’s also authoritative—a trait most crucial to the work at hand—and Lee adds a layer of indignation and/or contempt when the material indicates that register. Considering the subject matter, it’s no surprise he’s obliged to do so frequently. (July)
Reviewed on: 09/01/2014
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