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Nearly a year after the presidential election of 2004, Al Franken is still checking facts, exposing lies, and trying to clear the record as he sees it. Sneering at President Bush's declaration of a mandate after a two-and-a-half percent victory, he deconstructs Bush's 2004 platform of "fear, smear, and queers," and explains how the president has done some flip-flopping of his own. He offers comment on well-known stories, including the Terri Schiavo case, and some more obscure, such as reports of forced prostitution, indentured servitude, and squalid conditions at clothing factories in Saipan (which is part of the American Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). Franken focuses on Tom DeLay's connection to the territory and his efforts to prevent bills from being passed that would have required Saipan to follow U.S. labor laws. Iraq, too, is discussed, from its planning stages to the huge sum of money currently unaccounted for, including $8.8 billion missing from the Coalition Provisional Authority's coffers.
On the home front, Franken covers President Bush's attempt at Social Security reform, explaining how they came up with the projected shortfall figure of $11 trillion. For one thing, they adjusted life expectancy to 150 years, while leaving the retirement age at 67: "That's an eighty-three-year retirement. They're never gonna get to that without stem cell research." He also takes some wickedly funny swipes at Karl Rove, lobbyist Jack Abramoff, pundits and hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, Tim Russert, and Sean Hannity, and, of course, President Bush. The Truth succeeds in providing ammunition to liberals and others dissatisfied with the current power base in Washington, D.C.--only this time (with jokes). --Shawn Carkonen
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Starred Review. Franken and his research team return to what they do best: detailing allegations and accusations being spread by right-wing pundits and then debunking them point-by-point. While numerous tomes have taken on the administration's creative definition of "facts," few have the massive readership of satirist Franken or his wickedly sly sense of humor. In many ways, the unabridged audio is superior to the bound book because listeners can enjoy Franken's deadpan comedic delivery. Another audio bonus is that rather than Franken reading the text he's about to redress, he provides the actual soundclips so listeners can hear George W. stumble over his words, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh bluster and Zell Miller contradict himself. Franken is such an uncanny mimic that listeners will find it hard to tell which Karl Rove and Dick Cheney sound bites are real and which are Franken's dead-on impersonations. Listeners will find Franken's directness refreshing (he calls Bush an "utterly shameless liar" and says his administration is "fixing the intelligence and facts around the policy."). The penultimate chapter is Franken's stirring call to arms to "throw these guys out in 2006." This is essential listening for those who want ammunition to fight to preserve their human rights.
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Not much laugh out loud funny in this book, but good and fact based W bashing (which is well deserved). Lies was much funnier and also had good factual info. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ColleenJulie
I have loved Al Franken since his SNL days and although this was politically heavy on Truth, I thought it was too light on Jokes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nikki
Franken is funny. I don't always agree with his politics, but he puts out his point of view with humor that is hard to find from Republicans.Published 9 months ago by J. Spurway
Just as impressive, or more, as 'Lying Liars' was. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up, as well. I really hope that there's another follow-up coming soon. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. Rogers
This is a great read, even if, perhaps, not Franken's best book. Certainly not his funniest. But there is a lot of good stuff here. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bron
Al Franken has a way of taking infuriating situations, see them for what they are, and then help us laugh about them, or at them! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lynn B. Schornick
Written in the deep dark days after George W. Bush's first election victory (2004), Al Franken's "The Truth With Jokes" must have been therapeutic for those in the United States... Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by S Wood
When Al Franken asked me to write the Amazon customer review to this astonishing and profoundly moving book, he had only one condition: that I, George W. Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by LJH