The Truth (with jokes)

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Al Franken

Narrated By: Al Franken

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: October 2005

Duration: 9 hours 48 minutes

Summary:

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" (The New York Times) that rang "with the moral clarity of an angel's trumpet" (Associated Press). Now, this master of political humor strikes again with a powerful and provocative message for all Americans. Because after Lies, comes The Truth.... 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 · Republicans decided that Terri Schiavo would make "a great political issue" · Conservatives sought to undermine Social Security by using a strategy borrowed from... Vladimir Lenin · Tom DeLay is just an absolute horror show This is truly a book for everyone. If you were a Bush voter, Al wants to set aside partisan bitterness and talk about the better future Americans can build together for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. (Generations beyond that will have to fend for themselves.) But first, Al must show you how Republican leaders are, at this very moment, betraying your trust and quite possibly lighting a Cuban cigar with a burning American flag or Bible. If you're a liberal, this book is for you as well. Maybe even most of all. You will find evidence for what you already believe: that Al Franken is among America's finest prose stylists, and that the depravity of the Bush administration is only outmatched by the rot in the heart of the Republican Congress. And finally, if you are a member of a future generation who has found this book in a pile of radioactive rubble, Al apologizes. Not because he didn't do his best to control the proliferation of nuclear weapons from rogue nations to non-state actors taking refuge in so-called "failed" states. But because his countrymen evidently failed to listen. In any case, enjoy the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Thank goodness it was as funny as it was or I would have driven off a cliff. This book is unbelievably troubling but in a way that every American should be troubled. (Did that make sense? Point is: everyone should read this book, and his other ones too -- all worthwhile.) Reading this book motivated me to become involved and make my country a better place in a way that startled me. I highly recommend!

  • Amanda

    This was a great audiobook! Both funny and extremely disturbing, anyone who interested in politics in America is sure to enjoy this book. Al Franken's passionate opinions are backed by countless facts that could make even an ardent Christian conservative think twice about the true agenda of the party that he supports.

  • Anonymous

    OK, I am a middle-slightly-to-the-right Republican. But I do have an open mind and I have found Al funny in the past. His self-help book was very funny indeed. But in this book, Al's attempts at humor swirl around the lamest of political arguments. If you already agree with him, you might find the book funny (though I even doubt that). If you are inclined not to agree with him, you will be in disbelief at his arguments. I found the whole enterprise awkward. Not true, no jokes. Oh well.

  • Sanjay Singhal

    I like Al Franken (less so after this book), and agree with most of his opinions, but this is sooo repetitive repetitive that I got bored and started skipping tracks, then by CD 3 I just ejected the whole thing. Plus while there may have been truth, there were precious few jokes. I recommend Jon Stewart's book "Inside America". More jokes.

  • Mandi Chestler

    If you think about it, the subject matter covered in Al Franken's newest book is no laughing matter. The average American should find no humor in the Bush Administration's not-so-funny business foisted upon our nation. Their lies, bungles, backstabbing and cheating have been the cause of immoral preemptive war, shameful torture, unprecedented deficit and other disgusting debacles. However, Mr. Franken has super-human comedic powers, and thus tells even the most dire truths with sharp-witted hilarity. Woe to those who find themselves the butt of his jokes. I laughed 'til I cried...or was I crying until I laughed my way through this audio book?

  • Michael Scott

    Yet another great read by Al Franken. His best, yet. Too bad more people aren't reading, who are able to affect more change.

  • ML

    Wow, quite possibly the best Franken has offered up yet. As usual, no one is safe from his lashings and his research staff is one of the best in the business.

  • Jason Eidsmoe

    Great book for anyone who wants the truth behind the 2004 election.

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