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Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth

The President's Falsehoods, Misleading Claims and Flat-Out Lies
Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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Summary

Includes audio excerpts from Trump’s press conferences, remarks, rallies, and speeches

A National Best Seller

In perilous times, facts, expertise, and truth are indispensable. President Trump's flagrant disregard for the truth and his self-aggrandizing exaggerations, specious misstatements, and bald-faced lies have been rigorously documented and debunked since the first day of his presidency by The Washington Post's Fact Checker staff.

Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth is based on the only comprehensive compilation and analysis of the more than 16,000 fallacious statements that Trump has uttered since the day of his inauguration. He has repeated many of his most outrageous claims dozens or even hundreds of times as he has sought to bend reality to his political fantasy and personal whim. 

Drawing on Trump's tweets, press conferences, political rallies, and TV appearances, The Washington Post identifies his most frequently used misstatements, biggest whoppers, and most dangerous deceptions. This book unpacks his errant statements about the economy, immigration, the impeachment hearings, foreign policy, and, of critical concern now, the coronavirus crisis as it unfolded. 

Fascinating, startling, and even grimly funny, Donald Trump and His Assault on Truth by The Washington Post is the essential, authoritative record of Trump's shocking disregard for facts.

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Liar Liar, Pants on Fire !

Didn’t know whether to be furious or laugh half of the time . I’ve been exasperated over the last three and a half years that people and the press seem to have become so inured to Trump’s lies. His gross exaggerations, crass bullying and misrepresentation of the facts are so commonplace and we don’t really pay much attention to it anymore. And few people seem to stand up in public and tell the truth - that he’s a liar! This book is what I’ve been waiting for. Finally someone using fact (and not Kellyanne Conway’s ‘alternative facts’) to shine a light on Trump’s constant lies and exaggerations. At times I found Trump’s lies so ridiculous that they were hilarious. I wouldn’t have imagined five years ago that that nearly half the electorate would accept and seemingly celebrate a pathological liar as President of the USA. The book raises the issue as to whether Trump has forever degraded the standards of the presidency. Has American politics dispensed with need for truth and transparency or will Trump create a rebound effect and highlight the need for moral and ethical fitness in future candidates? In the introduction the authors accept that because of the format of the book it can be repetitive at times. The repetitive formula of Trump’s statements followed by the facts should become boring but I managed to read it through in a single day without a problem. Having recently read Mary Trump’s ‘Too Much and Never Enough’ I have a better understanding of his need to constantly boast, blame others and make wild exaggerations but the sheer scale of the problem that this book highlights is staggering. This will be a great resource for future political historians when they try to make sense of Trump’s inept and deceit-filled tenure as President. I highly recommend the book - particularly to his supporters. However, as the book covers, our tendency is to ignore information that doesn’t fit with our political views and to create an echo-chamber’ of news that reinforces them. Whatever you’re views are about Donald Trump the facts speak for themselves!

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Really informative Read

Absolutely brilliant, what a lot of careful recording of facts and Presidential lies. Well done.

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A MUST Read for All Trump Supporters

Very accurate and fact filled book about Trump and his presidentsy. Must read for all who follow Trumps rise to power and specially those who actually think he's doing a good job.

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  • CBesserman
  • 18-06-20

Required Reading for EVERYONE!

I am a pretty avid consumer of books and media that do not present the president in a favorable light and while much of this material I was somewhat familiar with, the shear megaton of material laid out one thing after another was really impressive! The documented just flat-out falseness of this man in every respect is also amazing.

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  • Daniel
  • 14-06-20

Trump is lying again

Oh. Sorry. "False or misleading statements". The Washington Post (WP) won't call them lies. They're too professional for that sort of language. I call them lies. What's the old joke... "How do you know the president is lying? "His mouth is open and words are coming out. The WP takes his lies and debunks them, one by one. Necessarily they only had 16,000 lies to debunk, since this was apparently through the end of the impeachment trial, or maybe a month or two more. I believe, as I write this, he's up to 19,000 lies and working on his next 1000. The man is a lying machine. He certainly has one distinction. In the history of presidents, he is, by far, the biggest liar and bullsh*ter. Trump has no grasp of reality, no relationship with any truth, and he is totally shameless about it. When confronted with something he has said that was a total lie, he will say "I didn't say that.". A reporter might answer that it is on tape, and yes, that is exactly what he said. He will shamelessly lie, "No, I didn't say that." And that's that for that. If you're outraged by this president, or really, more importantly, if you think you like him, you should read this book. It will, hopefully, change your mind. This is a wonderful piece of reporting on a president who simply lives in his own reality show, acts on some sort of impulse and then lies about what he's done and lies about lying about what he's done. It's just endless. This is a very important book.

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  • JAM
  • 11-07-20

Shockingly Fair

The book, to its credit, does tell you when he's not lying. Amazingly, it might be easier to count the number of times he is not lying.

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  • Venn
  • 19-07-20

Wow

This book really brings the Donald Trump presidency into clear focus. The lies are just staggering, but it ties into a pattern as outlined in Mary Trumps book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-20

Trump lies??

it's a pretty good book pointing out the accuracies and the BS how about a wonderful president. kind of a long read I guess you have to get to 16,000 lies it can take a while

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-08-20

Liar, liar

unbelievable how Trump has gotten away with so many lies, crimes and misdemeanors. Should be mandatory reading in all high schools.

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  • Robert A. Raymond
  • 10-08-20

Proof that tweeting is sometimes a bad idea.

Although I am not surprised at anything I heard in this book, I did not like to hear some things come directly from Trump himself through the recordings that are in this program. As usual with a book on Trump, judge for yourself weather he is telling the truth, or if he is a liar.

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  • Brob
  • 21-10-20

No Fake News in "Donald Trump & his Assault...."

The best part of the book, actual recordings of all false and misleading statements, is the worst part as well. Having to hear Don the Con's voice leaves one with no doubt about the fact checking that took place. Having to listen to Don the Con's voice this often is brutal. He is a horrific story teller who uses nothing but fluff to fool his audiences. The authors do a terrific job going into some of the biggest fabrications and lies to be put forth by Trump. As far as content goes, they waste no time diving into subject matter of this book. This should be required reading and listening for all members of Trump's team, the Trump organization along with his entire family.

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  • William R. Todd-Mancillas (Name includes hyphen and camptalized M)
  • 30-09-20

Devastating

Narration: clear, varied, engaging Content: thorough documentation of trump’s maliciousness and mendacity. He will make the Guinness book of records for politicians as liars.

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  • Amy Falkenrath
  • 28-08-20

A good overall look

Everyone knows trump is a heinous liar (whether or not some want to admit it) and this book illuminates and explains each of the most egregious ones in detail without the writers giving their personal opinions. While some may see this as a personal attack on him, Trump has no one but himself to blame.