The Lie Detectives

The Lie Detectives
In Search of a Playbook for Winning Elections in the Disinformation Age

How can political campaigns fight back against disinformation?

A decade after The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, which Politico called “Moneyball for politics,” journalist Sasha Issenberg returns to the cutting edge of political innovation to reveal how campaigns are navigating the era’s most pressing challenge: how to win in a world awash in lies.

The Lie Detectives is a lively and deep secret history of Democratic politics in the Trump years. Our main character, Jiore Craig, is a young but battle-hardened veteran of the misinformation wars, and she leads a memorable cast including LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, whose emergence as one of the American left’s biggest donors has forced his adviser Dmitri Mehlhorn into the role of moral compass for a movement still wrestling with whether it should counter fake news by producing its own, and David Goldstein and Jehmu Greene, who are confronting “the Big Lie,” in the vernacular of online conspiracy theories, with gifs, memes, and ugly graphics of their own.

The Lie Detectives presents a vivid snapshot of a political class trying to come to terms with an exploding social media landscape and using every weapon in its arsenal to counter the biggest threat it has ever faced to its way of doing business and winning power.

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The Lie Detectives
  • ISBN: 9798987053621
  • Price: $18.00
  • E-book ISBN: 9798987053638
  • On Sale: March 12, 2024
  • Pages: 212


One of Politico’s ten books to look forward to in 2024

“A deeply reported and skillfully written examination of the global war on disinformation.” Washington Monthly

“A provocative if dispiriting look at the endless campaign to curtail the big lie and a million lesser ones.” Kirkus Reviews

“Sasha Issenberg is a journalist as prophet. He consistently identifies the next important thing in politics—and then explains it with vivid characters and irresistible narrative. I thought that I couldn’t be more alarmed about the future of democracy, but this book, unnervingly, proved me wrong.” —Franklin Foer, author of The Last Politician


The New Rules of Online Campaigning — Wall Street Journal

In 2020, the Biden Campaign Knew Age Was His Achilles’ Heel. Here’s What They Did. — Politico Magazine

A new political playbook for countering disinformation — Politico Tech podcast

Sasha Issenberg offers a playbook for winning elections in our disinformation age — Keen On podcast

Politics, Disinformation and 2024 — The Bulwark Podcast

“The Lie Detectives” with Sasha Issenberg — CNN Political Briefing podcast

How campaigns are preparing to fight disinformation — The Chuck ToddCast

The Lie Detectives — Politicology podcast  part 1 | part 2

When to not correct people on the internet — Politics Politics Politics podcast

Will Disinformation Doom Our Democracy? — On with Kara Swisher podcast

“Politics in the Age of Disinformation” with Sasha Issenberg — Bellingcat Stage Talk

Sasha Issenberg on Lies and Disinformation in Politics — CNN This Morning with Kasie Hunt

How disinformation is reshaping political campaigns — CBS News Prime Time with John Dickerson

LIVE from NYPL: Sasha Issenberg with Maggie Haberman — watch the video

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About the author

Sasha Issenberg
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Sasha Issenberg is a journalist and the author of four previous books, including The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, and, most recently, The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage. He is a correspondent for Monocle, and has written for New York, the New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Politico Magazine. He teaches in the UCLA Department of Political Science.  @sissenberg