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Tangled webs : how false statements are undermining America : from Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff

Author: James B Stewart
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2011.
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This book is the author's newsbreaking investigation of our era's most high-profile perjurers, revealing the alarming extent of this national epidemic. Our system of justice rests on a simple proposition: that witnesses will raise their hands and tell the truth. In this book he reveals in detail the consequences of the perjury epidemic that has swept our country, undermining the very foundation of our courts. With  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James B Stewart
ISBN: 1594202699 9781594202698 9780143120575 0143120573
OCLC Number: 650210747
Description: xviii, 473 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Martha Stewart --
"Can I go now?" --
"Everyone is telling the same story" --
"A conspiracy of dunces." pt. 2. I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby --
"This is hush-hush" --
"All the reporters know it" --
"Double super secret background" --
"A cloud over the White House." pt. 3. Barry Lamar Bonds --
"I'm keeping my money" --
"Everybody is doing it" --
"You're a snitch." pt. 4. Bernard L. Madoff --
"Keep your eyes on the prize" --
"Some people feel the market."
Responsibility: James B. Stewart.

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This book is the author's newsbreaking investigation of our era's most high-profile perjurers, revealing the alarming extent of this national epidemic. Our system of justice rests on a simple proposition: that witnesses will raise their hands and tell the truth. In this book he reveals in detail the consequences of the perjury epidemic that has swept our country, undermining the very foundation of our courts. With many prosecutors, investigators, and participants speaking for the first time, the book goes behind the scene of the trials of media and homemaking entrepreneur Martha Stewart; top White House political adviser Lewis "Scooter" Libby; home-run king Barry Bonds; and Wall Street money manager Bernard Madoff. The perjury outbreak is symptomatic of a broader breakdown of ethics in American life. It isn't just the judicial system that relies on an honor code: Academia, business, medicine, and government all depend on it. This book explores the age-old tensions between greed and justice, self-interest and public interest, loyalty and duty. At a time when Americans seem hungry for moral leadership and clarity, this work reaffirms the importance of truth.

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