• The Big Lie

  • Election Chaos, Political Opportunism, and the State of American Politics After 2020
  • By: Jonathan Lemire
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Lemire
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (347 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

A probing and illuminating analysis of current state of American politics, focusing on Donald Trump’s lie about election fraud, by the White House Bureau Chief of Politico and the host of MSNBC's Way Too Early 

Jonathan Lemire uncovers that “The Big Lie,” as it’s been termed, isn’t just about the 2020 election. It's become a political philosophy that has only further divided the two parties.  

Donald Trump first tried it out in 2016, at an August rally in Ohio. He said that perhaps he wouldn’t accept the election results in his race against Hillary Clinton, that the election was “rigged.” He then mentioned it at more rallies and even at one of the fall debates. He didn’t have to challenge the result that year, but the stage was set. When he lost in 2020, he started the lie back up again, and to devastating results: an insurrection at the Capitol in January 2021.

Republicans are still wholly under Trump’s sway. From his retirement at his Florida and New Jersey clubs he meets with Republican officials, aspiring candidates, and advisers and demands loyalty to this twisted way of thinking. And Democrats still deal with him as their opposition party is driven by a blatant lie. The parties aren’t divided by the aisle—they’re on different planets.

In the more than five tumultuous, paradigm-shifting years of Donald Trump’s presidency and beyond, his near-constant lying has become a fixture of political life. It is inextricably linked with how his party behaves, how the Democrats respond to it, and how he remains relevant, even after a decisive loss in 2020. Jonathan Lemire brings his connections, profile, and dogged reportorial instincts to bear in his first book that explores how this phenomenon shapes our politics.

Written with sharp political insight and detailed with dozens of interviews, The Big Lie is the first audiobook to examine this unprecedented and tenuous moment in our nation’s politics.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books.

©2022 Jonathan Lemire (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Don’t bother

This book offers no insights or insider peeks of any nature . I could write this book !! It has nothing to offer just an attempt of another observer to make a buck .

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Lemire delivers a great book — written & audio

Lemire is an important journalist, historian, and news personality of our day. With sharpness, humor and warmth, he tells us about our world, and how to be strong and confident and a pleasant change-maker.

Hearing him read his book is a great value and pleasure.

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Insightful

I started the book because I love Lemire. I think he’s got a great wit about him. As it turns out the book was incredibly insightful. Thanks, Lemire!!

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I'm ready to start it again

I fell "in deep respect" for JL while watching MJ. I cheered when he took over W2E and started recording each day so I wouldn't miss anything, including the Boston sports updates.
I pre-ordered this book as soon as it was announced and I've finished it in 2 days. This is a great account of the last torturous years as we experienced the DJT deception (s). Thank you JL for your hard work, endless dry humor, and passion for ethics in life.
I highly (understatement) recommend this book to all.

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Nothing new here

Jonathan Lemire is an excellent reporter but he doesn’t break any news here and at times it feels like he’s reciting laundry lists…..of trumps numerous lies.

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Currently #1 in my favorites!

I ordered this before it was released as I am a HUGE fan of Jonathan Lemire and watch him every weekday on MSNBC. So I was predisposed to like this book and I was not disappointed! It flows along quickly and never wanders off into the weeds. I hope he will write a second book—The Former Guy seems to be giving him lots of subject matter!

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Perfection

Let me say first, I’ve been a Lemire fan for quite some time so I expected to enjoy his book, particularly because he would be narrating.
My expectations were surpassed as he took me chronologically through what’s been happening in our country that culminated in the near overturning of our government. In real-time on our TVs no less.
It is such a satisfying listen because, if like me, though you already know these quilt pieces well, as Lemire bastes them together you see both a de-bulked yet complete overview & gain a clarifying & illuminating understanding. Kudos to the remarkable Mr. Lemire.

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What the details? Read this book

We all know the nonsense in the grand scheme. This book gets down to the nitty-gritty.

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Awesome Narrative

I loved it. I could not stop listening till the end. The points were spot on and well researched.

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Excellent Content and Great Reader

I very much enjoyed this book. It moved rapidly and the content was just great.