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Beinhart scored satirical points last fall with his novel The Librarian, about an archivist whose talent for digging up damaging truths frightens a vast right-wing conspiracy with more than a passing resemblance to the current administration. The novel introduced the concept of the "fog fact": published information that remains unnoticed by the public. This slim volume promises to gather various fog facts about George W. Bush's presidency, but offers much more opinion than fact—specifically, amazement that reporting on subjects like the allegations that Bush pulled strings to avoid going to Vietnam or committed insider trading while his father was president didn't cost him either the 2000 or 2004 election. Beinhart sees the media's failure to call more prominent attention to political lies as the source of many Americans' "delusional" worldview, which he says led to war in Iraq. But his explanation of the "Soft Machine"—the media-industrial complex he says distorts our perception of reality and is the "enforcement arm of capitalism"—asserts rather than explains. Beinhart's freely associative tract could have used a more nuanced argument and suffers from digressions, like a lengthy exegesis on Horatio Alger's pedophilia, that, however entertaining, stick out awkwardly in a discussion of Dick Cheney's finances.
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Profound insights into a world of fabricated "facts" und "truths" …Published 8 months ago by G. Borghese
Bush bashing but much of it deserved. I much preferred Stop the Coming Civil War: My Savage Truth by Dr. Michael Savage.Published 10 months ago by DBuck
Five stars as the Larry has the same outlook and memory that I do about recent (last 30-40yrs) political morass that this country and the middle class have endured ('course we are... Read morePublished on June 23, 2011 by rwe
This is the first exposure I have had to Mr. Beinhart's writing. He is an excellent author in that he took a fairly well-known subject, (propaganda) and made it an exciting... Read morePublished on October 2, 2008 by J.L. Populist
Novelist and very sharp social commentator Larry Beinhart's main premise in this somewhat breezy but always incisive book is that the truth is right in front of our eyes but we are... Read morePublished on January 27, 2007 by Dennis Littrell
Easy reading, short but informative. I highly recommend this book and believe it should be necessary reading for every american.Published on July 10, 2006 by Michael A. Martini