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The Lies They Tell by [Tenenbom, Tuvia]
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Israeli-German journalist Tenenbom (Catch the Jew!) employs his not-so-subtle sarcasm to expose the hypocrisy, contradictions, and delusions of average Americans. Following his assessment of Europeans in his previous books, he now endeavors to meet as many people as possible and portray the character [of America] and its people.He begins his journey in June 2015, the day of the Charleston, S.C., church shooting, and ends after the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting in December 2015. He encounters propaganda and denial, and exposes political corruption in Chicago, gun culture, megachurches, anti-Semitism, polarizing opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, vanishing Native American culture, proud rednecks intimidating African-Americans and Muslims, and climate-change deniers denigrating intellectuals. He reveals the hypocrisy of a nation where international aid organizations are well funded and $30 million is raised for a Catholic shrine in Wisconsin, yet devastated neighborhoods in Detroit and Chicago get nothing. His outlook may be bleak, but it's hard not to share his incredulity at the levels of laughable self-delusion. For instance, a guide at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit disavows Ford's anti-Semitism, saying, Here we talk only about positive stuff, not about problems. Brutal, irreverent, and cutting, Tenenbom's riveting book aims to disrupt American complacency. For those willing to look at America from an outsider's perspective, Tenenbom is a sobering guide.--Publisher's Weekly STAR Review

The Lies They Tell exposes the real America, the one where racism and anti-Semitism lurk just beneath the surface ... Not to worry, Tenenbom knows how to serve his dishes in an easy, palatable manner, which won't allow you to put the book down until it's finished. --Israel Hayom

Savage, disturbing, comical ... Tenenbom has again written a book that is unputdownable.--The Jerusalem Post

In "The Lies They Tell," Tuvia has turned the guided missile that is himself onto America, the country that has sheltered, housed, fed, and welcomed him, a native Israeli, for nearly four decades. --New Jersey Jewish Standard

Tenenbom's latest book demonstrates why a concerted effort should be made to encourage American Jews to emigrate to Israel.--Asaf Shimoni, The Times of Israel

Tenenbom had a grim story to share about anti-Semitism in the United States. He told it in a most entertaining way.--Robert Isler, Jewish Link of New Jersey

A unique, funny and disarming man gets to the parts of America that Obama seems not to have noticed, even those populated by African-Americans. The Lies They Tell, is about America. Yes, about We, the People. What he found was eye-opening.--Prof. Phyllis Chesler, Arutz 7

The Lies They Tell ranks Tenenbom among the best social anthropologists, like Comte Alexis de Tocqueville and Mark Twain. Tenenbom, too, analyzes America's living standards, democracy, and social contract. This polymath has an interviewing style of disarming exuberance and bonhomie that keeps the reader turning pages to get to the next encounter.--American Thinker

The entire book is worth a read, not only for those who are still wondering how the real estate mogul and reality star became president, but for those who wonder, like Tenenbom, what a person might learn from chatting with the locals in 39 places around America. --Lindsey Ellefson, MEDIAite

International Praise for Tuvia Tenenbom

Highly engaging and emotional, eminently readable, brutally honest.--Publishers Weekly

Irresistibly fascinating...seductive and engaging.--New York Times

Illuminating and alarming.Wall Street Journal

Read what Tenenbom has to tell us, without bias. We don't have the privilege not to know.--Haaretz (Israel)

Tenenbom's laughter touches our soul in places where mere intellect could never reach.--Die Zeit (Germany)

One of the most iconoclastic and innovative of contemporary dramatists.--Corriere Della Sera (Italy)

Tuvia Tenenbom is Michael Moore and Borat in one.--Die Welt (Germany)

A force of nature . . . provocative, satirical, intellectual.--La Repubblica (Italy)

A free artist who fights for truth and tolerance.--Le Vif L Express (Belgium)

A mystical provocateur.--Le Monde (France)

Brilliant.Deutschlandradio (Germany)

Tuvia is curious as a cat, sly as a fox, friendly as a Labrador, and is also a man with seismographic sensitivities. Mida (Israel)

Tenenbom rides the razor's edge...and goes all the way off.Amsterdam News

Hugely entertaining, terribly funny, sarcastic, engaging, powerful, accusatory, judgmental, good! --National Review

About the Author

Tuvia Tenenbom, the author of three bestsellers in a row, is a journalist, dramatist, and the founder of the Jewish Theater of New York. Tuvia studied for his doctorate in English literature at St. John's University, earned his MFA in playwriting at CUNY-Brooklyn, received his BS in mathematics and computer science from Touro, and finished his rabbinical studies in Jerusalem. He also studied Christianity and Islam in Israel and New York as well as journalism, acting, theater, and finance (at NYU).

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  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House (March 5, 2017)
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2017
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