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The Truth (with jokes)

The Truth (with jokes)

Scritto da Al Franken

Narrato da Al Franken


The Truth (with jokes)

Scritto da Al Franken

Narrato da Al Franken

valutazioni:
4/5 (15 valutazioni)
Lunghezza:
9 ore
Pubblicato:
Oct 25, 2005
ISBN:
9781597108232
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descrizione

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 an audiobook 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 audiobook 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 audiobook 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 audiobook.

Pubblicato:
Oct 25, 2005
ISBN:
9781597108232
Formato:
Audiolibro


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  • (4/5)
    Thoroughly researched and fact-checked and written in Al Franken's trademark comedic style, Franken presents a humorous, in-depth look at recent events and makes the happenings on Capitol Hill clear even to newcomers to the political scene. Highly recommended.
  • (5/5)
    "The Truth (With Jokes)" is long on both the truth AND the jokes. Al Franken, the author of such hard-hitting (and also very funny) books as "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot" and "Lies and The Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at The Right" and now Senator Franken from Minnesota, hit another one out of the park. Less funny the the other political texts I mentioned, it is a much more series book on the state of politics, and political malfeasance in particular, in America. Though particularly damning of the Bush Jr. administration, he has criticisms to spare for all Right-wing blowhards, nut-jobs and criminals who are ruining our country here at home and ruining our reputation abroad. While the conservative movement is what is wrong with this country, Senator Franken is a breath of fresh air and hopefully a movement in the "right (meaning correct in this instance)" direction.

    Read this book to learn the truth (and jokes)!

    Power to the Liberals!
  • (3/5)
    This is my first Al Franken book, so I can’t compare it with his past books. There seem to be an awful lot of angry reviews about it! I got a few good chuckles out of the book, both at Franken and with Franken. Of course he’s so biased that his left leg is probably 2 feet shorter than the right—but that’s to be expected. One thing I had to laugh at was when he said (paraphrase): “the one thing that doesn’t lie is numbers.” And then he quoted a bunch of stats. I’m not sure if that was supposed to be a joke, or if he seriously thinks you can’t “lie” with numbers? Hasn’t he ever met a statistician, scientist, or politician? (As a scientist I can say this—numbers lie! It’s all in the assumptions!) Anyway, it’s an interesting book to read if you want to hear some liberal arguments. Nothing breathtaking about it though!
  • (1/5)
    I'm disappointed. I didn't even finish this book. Once upon a time, AlFranken's wit was razor sharp and right on the money. His intelligence wasobvious and, while the stuff he wrote was funny, it was also well thoughtout. Something has happened to him. I think it is his Air Americasatellite radio program. He's got "the big head" (as my mother used to callit), so full of himself and his own importance that he's got nothing to say.Between the back-slapping he does to himself and the truly hateful way hehas of saying things now, he comes off sounding like a Rush Limbaugh clone,just sitting on the other side of the fence. He should go sit next to AnnCoulter at the next dinner party because he's getting to be just as nastyand mean-spirited as she is. Bah.
  • (3/5)
    I didn't think this book was as funny as his other books. Al has gotten a little angry and bitter (with good reason) and it comes through in this book. I listened to the audio book, which Franken reads and I could barely stand to listen to his Dick Cheney impression. It's even more grating than listening to the real Dick Cheney! But overall it was still a good book and I feel like I learned a lot about the 2004 election from it.
  • (4/5)
    I'm not sure which is more obnoxious, Al Franken's continuous hammering of the Bush administration or the Bush administration itself.(Not that the Bush administration doesn't deserve some hammering, but it got obnoxious after about 2/3rds of the book)
  • (4/5)
    Al gets angrier and less funny with every book. This book includes a footnote that says something to the effect of "here is one joke, can you find the other one?". Unfortunately, that is correct. I don't blame Al for getting angrier and angrier (or more and more serious) about the direction the country is taking, but I miss the light-hearted days when he could just make fun of the multiple marriages and hypocrisies of prominent Republicans.
  • (4/5)
    This is a fine collection of topical poltical/social humor. Franken takes no pains to disguise his liberal views - quite the opposite. His liberal position is the point. Admittedly, I am biased as a fellow liberal, but I admire and applaud Franken for holding his position in the face of such opposition and with such relative lack of support.
  • (4/5)
    The book was well-written and very informative, and the epilogue was amazing, but, overall, it just wasn't as funny as Franken's earlier works. Still very much worth the read, but I might not re-read.