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Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics

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For more than two decades, John J. Mearsheimer has been regarded as one of the foremost realist thinkers on foreign policy. Clear and incisive as well as a fearlessly honest analyst, his coauthored 2007 New York Times bestseller, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, aroused a firestorm with its unflinching look at the making of America's Middle East policy. Now he tak ...more
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Published January 7th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 27th 2010)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics, John J. Mearsheimer
عنوان: چرا سیاستمداران دروغ میگویند؛ چرا رهبران دروغ میگویند؛
عنوان: چرا سیاستمداران دروغ میگویند؛ نویسنده: جان جی. میرشایمر؛ مترجم: یاسر خورشیدوند؛ خرم آباد، یاسرخورشیدوند؛ 1391؛ در 200 ص؛ شابک: 9789640483909؛ موضوع: اخلاق سیاست قرن 21 م
عنوان: چرا رهبران دروغ میگویند؛ نویسنده: جان جی. میرشایمر؛ مترجم: آرش فرزاد؛ محمد حیدری؛ تهران، فرزان روز؛ 1390؛ در هفت، 275 ص؛ شابک: 9789643213640؛
حقایقی درباره ی دروغگويي در
Jun 04, 2015 Amir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
اول کار
پیشنهاد میکنم قبل شروع این مرور مقدمهی مترجمین رو از لینک زیر بخونید. یکی از مترجمین عضو گودریدز هست. مقدمهشون یه مرور اجمالی خوب روی موضوع بحث هست که کمک میکنه مرورم کوتاهتر بشه


وسط کار
شاید تعجب کنیم که چرا کتاب استاد دانشگاه شیکاگو رو شعبهی امریکایی انتشارات دانشگاه اکسفورد چاپ کرده. اما وقتی کمی تو کتاب پیش میری و میبینی نویسنده چطور پشت هم و مسلسلوار دروغهای سیاستمدارهای امریکایی و اسراییلی رو ردیف کرده موضوع برات روشنتر میشه
مسالهی نویسنده از یک طرف گونهشناسی دروغهای سیاستمدارهاس
Arash Farzad
May 13, 2013 Arash Farzad added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
یادداشت مترجمان

جان مرشایمر، نظریهپرداز جریانساز حوزهی روابط بینالملل، در تازهترین اثر خود برای نخستین بار به تحلیل نظاممند استفاده از دروغ میپردازد که در سیاست بینالملل و سیاست داخلی کشورها در حکم ابزاری برای کشورداری محسوب میشود. او با پیش آوردن شواهد گوناگون از گسترهی تاریخ، بر این نکته تأکید میورزد که رهبران کشورها برای دروغپردازیهای خود غالباً توجیهات استراتژیک معقولی در چنته دارند و از این رو، پافشاری بر احکامِ اخلاقیِ مطلق در مذمت دروغپردازی در امور سیاسی، رفتاری خردمندانه و واقعگرایانه نم
Sep 10, 2012 Clif rated it it was ok
John Mearsheimer is the guy who, with Steve Walt, wrote the groundbreaking book, The Israel Lobby back in 2006, a five star effort that every American should read.

I eagerly opened Why Leaders Lie for more of the author's good thinking. It's present and this book is effortless to read but it's more like a handout one would receive from a professor in a course on political science.

Of course, Mearsheimer IS a professor and he makes his points clearly, yet what he says seems obvious. The principle p
Mehmet Akif  Koc
Jan 13, 2016 Mehmet Akif Koc rated it really liked it
Prof.Mearsheimer'in 'Liderler Neden Yalan Söyler?' Kitabı, realist perspektifle uluslararası ilişkilerin bu netameli alanında ciddi bir teorik çerçeve ortaya koyuyor. Kitaptaki meşhur yalanlara ilişkin alt başlıklarda çoğunlukla ABD'li liderlerden örnekler verilmesi, Amerikan dış politikasının genel zeminiyle ilgili de ibretlik ve düşündürücü bir durumu ortaya koyuyor...
Jan 10, 2016 Saman rated it did not like it
Very basic stuff. not worth it.
Jan 30, 2015 Ankit rated it it was ok
Totally avoidable waste of time, discloses nothing new and keeps on stating the obvious for about 200 pages. Was really glad that its a rather short read.
Andrew Hard
Apr 12, 2014 Andrew Hard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, short book that discusses historical instances of leaders lying. As someone who started out thinking that presidents never have good reasons for lying to democratic societies, this made me reflect. FDR, Kennedy, Johnson, and Bush Jr all lied to the American public in order to accomplish some policy goal. Why did they deceive us, and were these rational decisions?
Rushay Booysen
Sep 01, 2011 Rushay Booysen rated it liked it
Why do politicians lie! A look into the policies that can affect the truth from seeing the light.The Bush family gets prominent feature in this book.So there is several reasons why lying can be good for a nation and this book outlines those factors.This book just refreshed my memory as to why i should not trust a politicians word
Jan 27, 2015 Nikunj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Great book for wannabe Statesmen and Diplomats. This book helps any average person to look up to the idea of lying from a utilitarian perspective than from a moral perspective.
Feb 26, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4 stars. I was hoping for a little more insight and discussion of actual events, however I thought the book explored the types of lying that occurs in politics.
Feb 05, 2016 Rodger rated it liked it
Mearsheimer expands upon a well-known conference paper from a few years ago -- drafted in part, I suspect, out of frustration with the Iraq war debate. As a realist, he insists that "the causal arrow runs from foreign policy behavior to liberal rhetoric, not the other way around" (p. 97). More critically, however, he notes (pp. 93-4) that the "back-and-forth" of public debate makes "leaders think hard about their preferred course of action....they might come to recognize certain problems with th ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Carrie rated it it was amazing
First book I read "for pleasure" after completing my Master's in International Relations. I guess I chose the right field. I've been a fan of Mearsheimer for some time in my time in academia, this book was an easy read and it makes interesting arguments. It mostly seems to be setting up the study of lying in IR more than drawing a lot of conclusions - how to approach the study, the questions to ask, how greater IR theory might explain it. Either way, it's enjoyable and definitely makes you think ...more
Kw Estes
Dec 21, 2015 Kw Estes rated it liked it
Although Mearsheimer, to my mind, tends to take Ockham's Razor too readily in his grip in explaining international events, this is a concise, interesting and innovative research project. Mearsheimer not only creates a typology of foreign policy lies, but discusses when they are likely to be used and when they are likely to redound to a state's benefit. He recognizes the issue of accountability and the potential for growing mass political disillusionment that can result from fearmongering lies an ...more
May 10, 2011 hissi rated it liked it
I don't know why I'm relieved that the book doesn't go in the depths o politics. It rather explains the action of lying with all it forms and pretty much anything related to that. A good book. I can tell that much even though I'm not done yet

Ok. Now that I have read this thing. I can honestly say that it took me a lot of time to finish a 185 book but to tell u the truth there were a lot of information that needed a concentrated mind

Now The beginning explains the theory of lying
Lying can be divi
Sep 26, 2012 Mansour rated it really liked it
The books talks about lying as a political tool. The author focuses on the lies that leaders tell because they think that it is the best for their countries rather than the ones that they use for personal gain. He classifies political lying into five types:

1- Lying between states
2- Fearmongering (inflaming a threat to go to war)
3- Strategic cover-ups (covering failures of a policy)
4- Nationalist myths (glorifying the past and putting rival states in a bad light)
5- Liberal lies (lying about pol
Amir ali
از عنوان این کتاب خوشم آمد چراکه کنجکاوی مرا برانگیخت با وجود این که آدم اهل سیاست و این دست کتاب ها نیستم! تلاش نویسنده برای درک دروغ ها و فریب کاری های سیاست مداران در شرایط مختلف زمانی است و اینکه این دروغ ها به چه کار می آید و چه منافع استراتژیک برای ممالک خود دارند. کتاب از لحاظ تاریخی هم قابل توجه هست و مثال های متعددی از دروغ های متفاوت سیاست مداران در طول تاریخ بازگفت می کند، که اکثر دروغ ها موردتوجه سیاستمداران آمریکایی و تاریخ اسراییل است! نتیجه گیری پایانی کتاب هم در نوع خود جنجالی اس ...more
The American Conservative
'This book by John Mearsheimer, coauthor of the courageous masterpiece "The Israel Lobby," is a step toward remedying the academy and media’s disregard of political perfidy. Mearsheimer “concentrates on lies that are told in the service of the national interest. These strategic lies benefit the collectivity, unlike selfish lies, which benefit a particular individual or group of individuals.”

He explains that “strategic lies can do good things for a country, although there is always the possibili
Jun 11, 2016 Jamie rated it liked it
Lying sadly seems an inevitable and at times important part of politics, where its intention is to cause harm, is known to be unfounded, and results in substantial negative consequences to the planet and society, all leaders should be accountable. I recognize such a judgement is not easy to make, particularly at a global level such as by the International Criminal Court. This book lightly covers some of the more well known examples of lying in international politics and applies a framework for a ...more
Jul 24, 2014 Shipintbrief rated it really liked it
Please, someone told Obama of this book! The guy obviously have no clue. It's in English, so it would be easy for him to read and just 80 pages long, so he'll finish it in a month or two.
Tanel Pärss
Mar 10, 2015 Tanel Pärss rated it liked it
Short and generic. Gives a good blueprint of deceptive landscape out there when politics open their mouth while driving their foreign policy agendas. In the end comes out a bit anti American and too generic.
Feb 03, 2014 Neowuf rated it liked it
Its a ok book. Fast reading, few pages, author have a strong positions about politics. But like he said, its a good book to start the discussion about why leaders lie. ...more
Feb 14, 2015 ADD rated it really liked it
Interesting discussion on political discourse between leaders and their constituents. No wonder I don't like politicians.
Sep 17, 2015 Michal rated it liked it
Raises several interesting points, and manages to do it in a not-too-lengthy manner.
Nov 21, 2013 Levon rated it it was ok
I liked the argument and the few examples he provides. Though most of it isn't surprising nor amazing, no one had analyzed the phenomenon of lying in international politics before so I can't really hold that against Mearsheimer. That being said, it was overly repetitive and the idea could have been conveyed easily in a lengthy paper (20-25 pages) without missing too much.
Feb 11, 2016 Lexi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-challenge
Extremely accurate account of the pros and consequences of lying in both domestic and international territory.
Feb 18, 2014 Omar added it
Why Leaders Lie is a good short read. It offers interesting examples to back up its argument and it views lying and other forms of deception in a positive, constructive manner. However, the book can be highly repetitive, which is a sign of lack of editing. Eg the term "reservation price" is defined 3 times in the book (so far...)
Margaret Sankey
Oct 18, 2011 Margaret Sankey rated it liked it
Rather than juicy anecdotes, this is more background for POL 370--an attempt to systematize the situations in which leaders choose to lie (to each other, to constituents, to international organizations, for what seem like righteous reasons, the variations of nationalist mythology and fearmongering, etc.) and the risk-return results.
Jun 09, 2014 Gift rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: study
I expected more. I do believe that Mr. Mearsheimer did really good research work but in the end it was just nice (but sometimes quite boring) story about lying. Maybe if I didnt expect that much... I am sorry, John. ...more
Aug 05, 2012 David rated it did not like it
Nothing new about why government lie...because everyone rather than reading this book, I suggest everyone take the red pill instead.
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John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and codirector of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago.
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