Dan Ariely: Liars Who Believe Their Own Lies
Introduction (Via Dan Ariely @ Predictably Irrational)
What do Williams Gehris, America’s most decorated war hero, and Walter Williams, our last Civil War veteran to pass away, have in common?
Both were frauds: they spun tales of military heroism, duped the public, and then – whoops – someone discovered that they hadn’t actually achieved the purported feats. Gehris professed to have racked up 54 decorations, when really he just had one. And Williams claimed to have fought in the Civil War, but records prove he couldn’t have – he was only five at the time!