That's not the only delectable line in Stewart's epic. Through three decades, eight books, and countless articles, the gentleman scribe has made exposing liars the leitmotif of his career. Just don't ask him to explain why. "It's in the Ten Commandments!" he exclaimed recently over a plate of candied-almond pancakes. "Do you want to see what a society looks like where everyone lies? It's horrendous! It's corrupt!" It's also America, at least as Stewart presents it, sounding the alarm on "a surge of concerted, deliberate lying" at all levels of society. When done under oath, it's a felony punishable by up to five years in prison (downgraded from the old English preference for cutting out the liar's tongue or making the offender stand with each ear nailed to the pillory).How about writing one on "India's Top Liars?" I am sure it would be an endless tome of gargantuan proportions.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Book Exposes America's Top Liars
In his book Tangled Webs James Stewart explains how Barry Bonds, Martha Stewart, and others built houses of deceit—and how America lost its innocence to habitual lies. Excerpt from a Newseek article: