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You Said What?: Lies and Propaganda Throughout History

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A fascinating, fun, and fact-filled compendium of the greatest lies, deceptions, propaganda, and frauds ever perpetrated

Throughout history—from the dawn of man to the War on Terror—governments, corporations, historians, and high-level braggarts of every stripe have freely engaged in the time-honored pastime of lying for fun and profit. You Said What? is an endlessly enter
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published December 1st 2007)
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What is a fascinating premise -- a compendium of essays about great lies throughout history -- is spoiled by the fact that each of the mini-essays is fairly shallow and obvious to anyone who's done any study of history greater than the versions they teach you in high school. I would have enjoyed this book a great deal more if it were more in-depth, or if it had tried to be less far-reaching and gone into more detail. Though it's interesting enough, I suppose, and some of the essays' authors have ...more
I went back and forth with this book between being kind of amused by the description of some of these stories, and being frustrated and annoyed with the breezy style and fast-and-loose approach to historical detail, evidence and especially analysis. This book reminds me of those 'Spike tv' shows like 'Ultimate Warrior' or 'Forgotten Planet', that deal with potentially interesting subject matter but invariably go for style and spectacle over substance.

A lot of this material, in the form of mini-e
Bathroom reader for armchair historians - too detailed for casual reading but not fleshed out enough for folks interested in more depth. The book also has a problem with tone - sometimes light & snarky, sometimes deadly serious.

Finally, the author mixes actual lies (the show trials of the USSR, for example) with deception (Operation Quicksilver) and misunderstood history (the reason that Christmas is celebrated in December). Color me not impressed.
While it was interesting, it felt like it was just basics, skimming the surface of each of the stories. I felt that there was not a lot of information provided that a history buff wouldn't have already had an idea of. It simply doesn't seem all that effective. I did enjoy some parts of the book, but overall it was disappointing in its lack of depth. I had also hoped for more of the promised propaganda. Delivered less then hoped for.
Jansen Wee
Utter waste of time! Quite a few of the contributing writers are either ignorant of the historical facts they're dealing with, or don't do their homework, or both. The editor himself didn't seem to be doing his job, and inadvertently and ironically, the book is one that propagates "lies" as much as pointing them out. If you're contemplating buying this book ....... DON'T. Really.
I bought this book at the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. I've only read a few of the entries, but it's an interesting read so far. Pair them with primary source documents when possible for a fully engaging experience.
David R.
A major disappointment: this one promises more than it delivers. For one, the lies are mostly tame and there's not much "propaganda", for another there's a suspicious absence of footnotes and other proofs for claims.
An excellent book revealing some of the lies that have been perpetuated throughout history. Great for armchair historians and written in a breezy style that makes it easy to read.
Not much new in this book, and the presentation seems geared for an entry-level reader. Another reviewer on this site (Denise) pretty much nails it exactly.
Some interesting topic, but the writing was a bore
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Bill Fawcett has been a professor, teacher, corporate executive, and college dean. His entire life has been spent in the creative fields and managing other creative individuals. He is one of the founders of Mayfair Games, a board and role-play gaming company. As an author, Fawcett has written or coauthored over a dozen books and dozens of articles and short stories. As a book packager, a person wh ...more
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