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“Devastating...The Truth keeps its promise to be funny about extremely unfunny matters. It matches Lies in wit, and its subjects are tougher. The gags have bite. . . .The book stays lively even when it dissects President Bush’s views on Social Security . . .And it is effectively leavened with bits of dialogue, many of them all too real.” —The New York Times

“Subtle, laugh-or-cry-out-loud and ultimately devastating . . .The Truth (with jokes) is guaranteed to rile the right again with its forensic lasering of Republican skullduggery and media mendacity, laced with sharp humor. . . . [Al Franken] is the voice the American left has been waiting for.” —The Guardian (London)

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Al Franken’s landmark bestseller, Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them): A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, was praised as a “bitterly funny assault” (zThe New York Times) that rang “with the moral clarity of an angel’s trumpet” (The Associated Press). Now, this master of political humor strikes again with a powerful and provocative message for all of us.

In these pages, Al reveals the alarming story of how:

  • Bush (barely) beat Kerry with his campaign of “fear, smear, and queers,” and then claimed a nonexistent mandate.

  • “Casino Jack” Abramoff, the Republicans’ nearest and dearest friend, made millions of dollars off of the unspeakable misery of the poor and the powerless. And, also, Native Americans.

  • The administration successfully implemented its strategy to destroy America’s credibility and goodwill around the world.

Complete with new material for this paperback edition, The Truth (with jokes) is more than just entertaining, intelligent, and insightful. It is at once prescient in its analysis of right-wing mendacity and incompetence, and inspiring in its vision of a better tomorrow for all Americans (except Jack Abramoff).

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  • Lecteur digital à contenu audio pré-chargé
  • Editeur : Findaway World; Édition : Unabridged (1 novembre 2005)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1598951459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598951455
  • Dimensions du produit: 2,5 x 12,7 x 20,3 cm
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32 internautes sur 34 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A Different Franken 2 novembre 2005
Par Patrick J. Colliano - Publié sur
Format: Relié
The most prominent feature of this book is (believe it or not) its near-consummate lack of humor. For those that know Al Franken from his previous projects, including two of his previous bestsellers, "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, And Other Observations" and "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right," this may seem to be hard to believe. But in addition to having a title that's less than ten words long, this book is the most serious, most somber, of all of Franken's projects that I know of. Yes, true to the book's subtitle, there are jokes. But then again, I know of no writer that is completely humorless (and if there were, I don't want to read him), but almost completely gone (save for the occassional barbs thrown in the direction of his usual nemeses: Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Coulter and Hannity) is Franken's trademark satirical and often ribald skewering of conservative pundits.

This is not to say that without Franken's characteristic humor, the book is without merit. Far from it. Only that we're seeing a markedly different Al Franken. Not a deadly serious Al Franken, but still one much more serious than we're used to.

And his targets, this time are not the pundits, but the leaders in the conservative movement, such as the very recently indicted Tom DeLay, his close compatriot Jack Abramoff. And the issues are more serious than which suburb Bill O'Reilly grew up in. This time his bones of contention are with the severely bungled Terri Schiavo case, the war in Iraq, and the smear campaigns conducted against John Kerry.

The book answers, or should I say, reconfirms, what I believed about conservative leadership for quite some time: they care only about the rights of major corporations to make money. That's all. The sum total of the conservative agenda.

And don't get me wrong. I have nothing against corporations making money, as long as their rights to swing their fists stops where my nose begins. Or perhaps I should say, their rights to produce pollutants stops where my right to breathe clean air and drink safe water begins.

Some might say that the conservative leadership nobly champions the rights of the unborn. But if that's true, then why are they overseeing a situation in which female sweatshop employees in Saipan (a U.S. territory) are forced into not only prostitution, but abortions, under the threat of losing their fourteen hour a day jobs? (Chapter 10)

So much for this "culture of life" that would champion the rights of those in persistent vegetative states, such as Terri Schiavo, detailed in Chapter 9. The inconsistencies are resolved, in Franken's mind, only when you realize that the Republican leadership cares only about staying in power so corporations have free reign to screw us all. Everything else is just a payoff to thier supporters, such as the Religious Right.

Yes, the book is very cynical. But Franken does remain optimistic, as noted in his final chapter, where he indulges in a little flight of fancy, in which he sees the Republicans being systematically voted out of office, barely retaining fifty seats. A Democratic president is elected and the lame duck Bush is impeached and convicted, a loophole granted by the fact that Congress (of which, Al Franken is one of them) is sworn in a few weeks before the president's inauguration.
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My husband got me this book last week, and I couldn't put it down 31 octobre 2005
Par M. J. Kenoyer - Publié sur
Format: Relié
My husband bought me this book as a treat for my birthday--I'm normally not a fast reader, but I couldn't put it down. I read it into the night and woke up the following morning (early) and read it some more. When I got back from work, I sat down first thing and read it even more. Franken's writing and wit has an aura that grabbed me and held my attention from beginning to end.

What struck me most about his book was how he managed to, for his readers including me, relive the disappointment and near-despair of those of us in the progressive movement who were devastated when Kerry lost the 2004 election. Through his writing, I felt Al's depression, disappointment, discouragement, and anger at the gloating of an overconfident Right who were overly impressed with themselves and their narrow win.

In later chapters, I felt disgust at Al's relating the "dirty tricks" of the Bush team in deceiving the American public, time and again, into not only fighting an illegal and unwarranted war based on lies, but believing its spinning an honorable Vietnam veteran into a traitor and deceiving the Bush voters into supporting him a second time. At the end of the book, I felt hope and encouragement from Al's poignant letter to his future grandchildren, and felt more motivated than ever to work for positive change in our country's landscape.

Those of you reviewers who are "one-starring" this excellently-written book are most likely doing so without reading it. Therefore, you are not only doing Amazon's readers a disservice by discounting this book unfairly; but like babies, you cling onto your preconceived opinions because you fail to see the damage that this administration has done to this country, and you don't have an open enough mind to consider an intelligent point of view that differs from yours.

Please put down your ignorant and infantile ways for a moment; and for the good of the country and your own lives, learn to pay attention to the circumstances that befall real American families and those in the world who need our help rather than hurt.
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Humor might be the only way to survive Dubya 2 novembre 2005
Par B. Kemper - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Franken's penchant for speaking the truth (and citing his sources in footnotes so that his research is on the table for all to see), is already legendary. Let me be straightforward here: I hate this administration. Bush is the worst president of my lifetime and probably in the history of the United States. The lies, distortions and damage of all kinds that have come out of this presidency are disgusting. I truly can't imagine how anyone other than the CEO of Halliburton could still like the guy. And thanks to Al Franken (and some other humorists like Stephanie Miller), I can get through these eight years without screaming myself hoarse or causing harm to myself and others. Humor is the key, folks, and thankfully this book is brimming with it. Oh yes, and it does contain TRUTH as well!
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Sweet irony 26 octobre 2005
Par J. White - Publié sur
Format: Relié
The irony of the right-wing raters not getting the irony of the video guessed it, ironic! It's no surprise that they would be too stupid to see that they are being made fun of, but for them to then make such an uproar about it is truly hilarious.

As for Limbaugh, Roberts or Coulter doing something like this and being lambasted, the problem with that is that Limbaugh, Roberts and Coulter aren't funny and don't say things for laughs. When Coulter says we should invade "their" countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity...she means it! When Al Franken bashes a "conservative" with a's farce and irony. When Pat Robertson says that the U.S. should assassinate Hugo Chavez, he means it! When Al Franken says that it looks like Rove and Libby are going to be's a freakin' joke! Maybe the uproarious laughter of the audience wasn't enough of a clue.

All that said, I just can't get enough of the one-star reviewers shock at the video. The complete failure to understand that they are being made fun of is just heart-warming. Please, keep it up!
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thinking before i write 1 novembre 2005
Par John Zuidema - Publié sur
Format: Relié
i try to only review what i've read. i don't go review republican books and fill reviews with comparisons to nazism, fascism, and a whole bunch of other isms. also, frankenstein isnt that really funny of an insult. but thats my opinion.

but on to the book review. this book is obviously similar to lies, but there are notable differences. for example, lies to me seemed more anectdotal (did i spell that right?) than the truth. the truth is more of franken commenting on what has happened since the election, and how the right wing has deceived the american public. obviously, there are other reviews that could detail what he says, and whether or not he's wrong or right. however, opinion doesnt make a book. how many people really decide to not buy a book because "bart_rooles" from indiana decided that this book "was stupid. and his position is wrong as well, because hes a dumb liberal/conservative/moderate/ space alien." whatever.

the book has humor, which if you like al franken's humor, is spot on. this book made me laugh out loud multiple times, causing my roommates to look at me quizzically. the book has facts. call them what you will, they are well researched, and he knows what he is doing. i'm also quite glad that he doesn't repeat the same points over and over to make sure we get it. He proves his points, yes, but he doesn't say the same things over and over to turn this book into several shill points. and its got politics. right, left, blah blah blah. if you're a liberal, you'll be outraged at what you'll learn, as i know i was. if you're a conservative, you'll see this book as a pack of lies, and i congratulate you if you read through it fully.

because i like franken's humor, because it reads well and interestingly, and because i'm a liberal, im giving it five stars. the only problem i had with it was that it wasn't as anecdotal, but i mentioned that before. so buy it, as it really is a good book.
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