The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina
New York Times Op-Ed columnist Frank Rich accuses the Bush Administration of using the best public relations machinery to "sell" their policies to the American people. At an event hosted by RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut, the author discusses what he calls cases of secret government propaganda, including the cover-up of false claims that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Frank Rich is an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times. He is author of Ghost Light and Hot Seat: Theater Criticism for The New York Times, 1980-1993 and co-authored The Theatre Art of Boris Aronson with Lisa Aronson.
Frank Rich is writer-at-large for New York Magazine, where he writes monthly essays on politics and culture. He is also a commentator at nymag.com, engaging in regular dialogues on the news of the week. Rich joined New York in 2011 following a distinguished career at the New York Times, where he had been an op-ed columnist since 1994. He was previously the paper's chief drama critic, from 1980 to 1993, and had also worked at the paper as a front-page columnist for the Sunday "Arts & Leisure" section, a senior adviser to the Times' culture editor on the paper's cultural-news report, and a senior writer for the New York Times Magazine.
He has written about culture and politics for many other national publications. His honors include the George Polk Award for commentary in 2005 and, in 2011, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University. His books include Ghost Light: A Memoir and, most recently, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina. Rich is also a creative consultant to HBO, where he is an executive producer of VEEP, a comedy series written and directed by Armando Iannucci and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and a documentary on Stephen Sondheim scheduled for 2013. A native of Washington, D.C., and graduate of Harvard, he lives in New York City with his wife, the novelist and journalist Alex Witchel.