I was really surprised with this work. Franken's previous major release ("Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot") was the most hilarious audiobook I've ever had the pleasure of hearing, and I was expecting the same type of comedic parody. Not the case with "Lies". This book starts by dissecting each member of the conservative media and how they've lied or misled their consumers. And by dissecting, I mean really dissecting. For example, he takes you through Ann Coulters, pointing out statistical errors, misleading statements using footnotes/endnotes, and outright lies. The humor is still there, but the point of the book is more about providing clear evidence that there are members of the conservative media that are intentionally misleading the public. The book then leads into Bush's administration, focusing on people in his administration like Rove and Ashcroft. When I finished the book, I was reminded of Paul Harvey's tagline: "...and now you know the rest of the story."
I can honestly say that I completed this book with more factual information about the last four years in politics than I did with any other book, including more serious contemporary works like George Stephanopoulos' biography. It was truly that informative. I have no doubt that Franken's future in politics will be successful. I don't know any politicians that can educate me *AND* make me laugh at the same time.
The most disappointing thing about this book is that I can tell it had incredible potential. I enjoyed reading about the author's history and how the military impacted his life. However, I could only suffer through half due to the quotes. Literally every other sentence is a "but you know what they say..." or "and as such-and-such said..." or "like Famous Person 142 said to the such-and-such when such-and-such happened...". It was horrible. After a hundred or so of those, I just couldn't take anymore, and it's a real shame.
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