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Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them Hardcover – Import, August 29, 2003
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- ASIN : 0525947647
- Publisher : Dutton (August 29, 2003)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0141886889
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141886886
- Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.36 x 1.34 x 9.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,584,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For fans/admirers/supporters of the conservative persons Franken writes about, it may be difficult to read this book; and on the other hand, critics of the subjects of the book will like/enjoy what he writes. But regardless of political persuasion, I think this is an important book for all Americans to read to get some insight into the things that politicians and political pundits say or write (regardless of whether the persons are conservative, liberal, in-between, or whatever), to appreciate the importance of citizens carefully thinking about what is said/written; asking for (no, make that demanding!!) the honest facts/data to back up what is said, written, or broadcast; and maintaining a skeptical perspective of the statements made by others, even by the politicians we like and are inclined to support.
It is important to note that although the book talks about events that occurred or statements that were made more than a decade ago, what is written in the book and the implications are just as important (or even more so) today. Finally, the bottom line is that it just is an enjoyable, informative, and funny -- (sometimes laugh-out-loud funny) -- book to read.
While addressing the way the 'right' uses partial facts, selected quotes, and false information, this book is a reminder to all of us to check the facts as best we can before making decisions about who is telling the truth, regardless of the source.
Although written in 2003, the lies and the liars that tell them are, for the most part, still around and have actually increased in number. If there was ever a book that prompted deeper reading into what is truth, it is this one.
This one gets four stars.
Ann Coulter and the talking heads of the right are also given attention, including exposing her flat-out lies in the ironically titled "Slander." Far from creating a He said She said dilemma for the reader to sort through, he provides visual proof in the form of reproductions of newspaper pages, public documents, and other impossible to refute (but try they will)sources that leave no doubt about the veracity of the "No Spin" crowd.
And speaking of No Spin, O'Reilly might just spin his head right off his (splotchy) neck in anger and frustration at being caught in his own web of deceit. But then again, he and his compadres might just go back to making up stories about Al Franken, because who needs to take a psychopath seriously...
The Prevaricator in Charge,George Bush, is taken to task as well, along with many of this cronies.
Hooray to TeamFranken for the terrific work. I am grateful for the insight, intelligence, and humor Al Franken brings to the table.
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If you ignore the warning signs, what do you expect is going to happen?