Hoax by Nicholas Von Hoffman
Why Americans are Suckered by White House Lies (Nation Books)

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How is it that the majority of Americans believed the fabrications of the Bush administration in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq when people in other countries, even those who enlisted in "the coalition of the willing," didn't buy them? Something has happened here and nowhere else, argues provocateur and gadfly Nicholas von Hoffman. It is something that impels vast numbers of Americans to believe the unbelievable when served up by its war-loving government. Best-selling author von Hoffman reveals how the American people have been gulled into cheering for a gigantic hoax by the Bush administration. "It happened because America has manufactured its own reality. A dome has slipped over the country, turning the nation into a unique biosphere which causes Americans to see, hear, and interpret every event and each happenstance as no other people do. Poisoned by recycled, unrefreshed air, Americans think differently." Hoax is both an impassioned exploration of American propaganda and public opinion, and an urgent dissection of our culture and way of life.

About Nicholas Von Hoffman

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Von Hoffman has had a long career in journalism. He is now a columnist for the New York Observer.
Published March 25, 2009 by Nation Books. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Occasionally the author hits a target: he’s right in wondering why we went after Manuel Noriega way back when, right in recalling that our long embargo on Iraq caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of blameless children, right in pointing out the US’s infantile need to be loved and applauded...

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In the spate of post–Iraq War books, Von Hoffman's tirade is a smart, elegant standout.

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And even the conservative Weekly Standard questioned the connection back in September 2003: “For months before the war in Iraq, the Bush administration claimed to know of ties between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

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