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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton (Aug. 26 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525947647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525947646
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,860 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #795,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The best thing one could wish for about this book - and I'm sure Al Franken will agree with this - is that it inspire debate. And, with 2,847 reviews here and counting, I think it's clear that "Lies..." has done the job.
I've been a fan of Al Franken's brand of humor since his first appearances on SNL with partner Tom Davis (by the way, whatever happened to Tom Davis?), the 'Al Franken Decade' and then - after a hiatus - his return to the show which included, among other things, some dead-on impersonations of politicians like Paul Simon ("It's the bow tie, right?") and Pat Robertson. It's clear Franken has a political jones that won't go away.
Regardless of your political stripe, you've got to give Franken credit for the work that went into this book: marshalling a team of 14 over a two-year period, this is no hack, slap-and-paste effort. Definiitely worth checking out.
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This is a deliciously funny, and factually documented, puncturing of all the big right wing gas bags who dominate cable TV and, unfortunately, our politics in these debased times. Sure, Al is often shrill and sometimes profane but he backs up his outraged views with facts unlike the bull spouted by Coulter, O'Reilly, Hannity and their ilk. And, he does it entertainingly, though I'm sure it will go over the heads of a lot of the wing nuts he's aiming at. A real eye-opener for those who don't know what the fuss is about, too. Highly recommended!
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By "canoepad" on Sept. 5 2003
Format: Hardcover
Every true American patriot should read Al Franken's most recent book. Honest, informed debate is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy. "Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them" opens the window to allow the fresh air of truth into public discussion. The book is not about conservative versus liberal. It is primarily about absolutes: lies and truths. A conservative like John McCain would find Franken's book to be a welcome bit of honesty given the current media climate. Many Americans have been misled to think that broadcast journalism is some hodgepodge of entertainment, opinions, selective man-on-the-street interviews, and slivers of facts delivered by videogenic models with the personalities of malicious frat boys. Mr. Franken's book dissects the "lie machine" and it is about time. Fortunately, the sales indicate it's not too late for truth reclamation. I do regret that Mr. Franken did not include the chapter he was working on about how chummy the Bushes are with the bin Ladens. One more thing - it's very, very funny. I am quite grateful that Mr. Franken did not follow in the footsteps of his fellow Lampoon alums, content to change nothing in the world, collecting checks to write unproduced scripts.
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Al Franken is a funny man, as he has proven in a couple of decades of writing for "Saturday Night Live." And because some of the same right-wing celebrities raise as many hackles on him as they do on me, I wanted very much to like Franken's new book.
But Franken's "Lies And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right".. is as repetitive and unwieldly as its title. The book, in fact, gained some undue publicity because of that title. Fox News recently tried to sue Franken for using the words "fair and balanced," claiming that they had copyrighted those words as a trademark for their news broadcast. Franken, almost literally, laughed the case out of court.
However, that's one of the few genuine laughs the book earns. Franken tries hard--a bit too hard, at times--to humorously point out many of the distortions made by notable conservatives to support their beliefs. Franken doesn't pick on insignificant targets, either--his grouping of "The Right" includes Rush Limbaugh, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly (on whom he spends an inordinate amount of time), and the current President and Vice-President, among many others.
Based on the many inconsistencies documented here, Franken could have presented them straightforwardly and had quite a case. But there are two big problems with Franken's style. First, his intended humor is writ very large, as evidenced in the book's title. It isn't enough for Franken to present a point comedically--he has to repeat it and beat it to death, like a combination of Dennis Miller and Mel Brooks.
The second problem is that Franken appears to have as self-serving of an agenda as the people he tries to satirize.
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By Dataviz on Aug. 26 2003
Format: Hardcover
Too few people would read a book that did nothing but expose some of the shamelessly dishonest liars in the right-wing media and the current administration. But a lot of people are going to read this one because it is funny, too. The book does nothing major, just takes the time to examine statements, compare them to facts, and demonstrate falsehoods in the author's relentlessly amusing fashion. My appreciation to Al Franken and I wish we had more like him.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
A hilarious look at the right wing neo-conservatives in America. Blunt and well cited.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry Sellers on Sept. 3 2003
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Al Franken uses his first amendment right in his book "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right." If you're use to the usual political drivel which spews from Franken, funny, insightful drivel that is, you will surely appreciate his thoughts on current world topics and those who have created them.
Ultimately, this book is typical of the genre and not ground-breaking in any way. Fans will sheepishly agree on Franken's revelations of the "truth." Meanwhile, rightys will argue against the pretentious foundation of his statements. As a bonus, he manages to keep Stuart Smalley references to a tolerable 28 pages - just kidding, Al.
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