Official Lies opens the curtain on our modern Wizard of Oz-the vast propaganda machine headquartered in Washington, D.C.-and exposes the ways in which the federal government manipulates opinion in order to increase its own powers. The scope of these official deceptions is breathtaking. From welfare to drugs to defense, Uncle Sam consistently misrepresents problems so that his muscles can grow ever larger. Poverty statistics are overblown in order to win greater spending on social programs. Agricultural aid, advertised as a balm to ailing all-American families right out of Norman Rockwell, has in fact showered millionaire farmers with a bounty of taxpayer's dollars. "Official Lies" takes the reader into a netherworld in which failure is success and honesty is scarce. It does so with a lively mixture of wit and fury and is sure to be one of the most hotly debated political books of the year.
Author Biography: James T. Bennett is Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Thomas DiLorenzo is Professor of Economics at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.