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Deceit on the Road to War: Presidents, Politics, and American Democracy

John M. Schuessler


This book examines how U.S. presidents have deceived the American public about fundamental decisions of war and peace. Deception has been deliberate, it suggests, as presidents have sought to shift blame for war onto others in some cases and oversell its benefits in others. The book views that such deceit is a natural outgrowth of the democratic process because elected leaders have powerful incentives to maximize domestic support for war and retain considerable ability to manipulate domestic audiences. They can exploit information and propaganda advantages to frame issues in misleading ways, c ... More

Keywords: U.S. presidents, deception, war, blame, Franklin Roosevelt, World War II, Lyndon Johnson, Vietnam War, George W. Bush, Iraq War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453595
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453595.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Schuessler, author
Associate Professor of Strategy, the Air War College

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