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Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power and Deception in American History | [Andrew P Napolitano]

Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power and Deception in American History

America is the land of the free, after all. Does it really matter whether our politicians bend the truth here and there? When the truth is traded for lies, our freedoms are diminished and don’t return. In Lies the Government Told You, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how America’s freedom, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, has been forfeited by a government more protective of its own power than its obligations to preserve our individual liberties.
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You've been lied to by the government. We shrug off this fact as an unfortunate reality. America is the land of the free, after all. Does it really matter whether our politicians bend the truth here and there? When the truth is traded for lies, our freedoms are diminished and don’t return. In Lies the Government Told You, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how America’s freedom, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, has been forfeited by a government more protective of its own power than its obligations to preserve our individual liberties.

©2010 Andrew P. Napolitano (P)2010 Oasis Audio

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    LA Stillwater, OK United States 07-21-13
    LA Stillwater, OK United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2012

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    "EVERYONE SHOULD LISTEN TO THIS BOOK"
    Where does Lies the Government Told You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP NOTCH


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lies the Government Told You?

    I listened to this quite a while back. Now the things he discusses are even more relevant given the Snowden/NSA scandal, FISA, the Patriot Act et al. and the continual advancement and encroachment of the oppressive heavy hand of the government's reach into our lives along with its egregious theft of our personal liberties.


    What about Andrew P Napolitano’s performance did you like?

    His voice is a little raspy or croaky. Some could find it abrasive. I like him, so I thought he did a good job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. In fact, I may have done just that.


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    Jack Gill Cookeville, TN 07-13-13
    Jack Gill Cookeville, TN 07-13-13
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    "One of the Most Depressing Books Ever!"

    The audio book title sets the hook of curiosity. As the hearer progresses from one topic to the next, thoughts like "WOW! what can be next?" spurs the intensity of desire to not stop but proceed to the next topic.

    The sheer number of examples of lies perpetrated by the Government that the Judge documents is overwhelming. He covers a lot of material, and has done a masterful job organizing and concisely addressing each topic.

    The Judge organized the narrative into 17 topics which greatly facilitated absorbing the range and depth of thoughts. He covers a tremendous amount of information and ideas.

    The length of the performance is long, which was unavoidable given the subject matter. The Judge kept the narrative moving and interesting with voice inflections, etc.

    The above headline is by no means a criticism of the book. If the trend toward big-Government continues, then the examples the Judge presents while appalling will be tame. This is a must-listen/read for everyone that seeks to be an better informed Citizen.

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    Bo St. Petersburg, FL 04-25-13
    Bo St. Petersburg, FL 04-25-13
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    Where does Lies the Government Told You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far one of the best books i've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Judge is the only character and he reads the book great. Very enthusiastic.


    What does Andrew P Napolitano bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His enthusiasm really gets you into the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Everyone in America Should Read This.


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    Howard Grove City, PA, United States 11-23-12
    Howard Grove City, PA, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worthwhile with some reservations."

    This book was very informative. But I couldn't help but think that some of what the judge calls lies are simply different versions of history. He disagrees with many Supreme Court decisions. Don't we all? The judge is free to say what he wants because most of the people he criticizes are not able to give their version of events. But, to be fair, most books are that way; feeding their target audience. He calls Lincoln a "tyrant." Many people called him that; he was not all that popular while he was in office. But if all tyrants were like Lincoln I could deal with it in a time of serious crisis. He believes FDR provoked the Japanese into war so American would fight in Europe. I can see how he feels that way. I have wondered the same thing myself. But what would the world be like if we had not stopped Hitler? His criticism of the Japanese internment during WW2 was like all of it is: anachronistic. I was afraid he was going to say that 9-11 was an inside job but he didn't. I would have sent the book back if he had said that. If everyone in the country felt as strongly as the judge does about our government Washington would have a lot to answer for. The government manipulates people. It is happening as I write this and most people are happy with it. Call me jaded and cynical. What else is new?

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    Johannes ASTORIA, NY, United States 11-12-12
    Johannes ASTORIA, NY, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Over the top"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Interesting in parts, but way over the top. Also, Napolitano is not a professional narrator, his narrating voice lacks in variety, which becomes annoying after a while.


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    Lisa MANTEO, NC, United States 10-07-12
    Lisa MANTEO, NC, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Exposing the Educational Gaps"
    Where does Lies the Government Told You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the most interesting ones I have listened to, and the first political audio book I have done.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lies the Government Told You?

    One of the most memorable parts of the book was finding out that the part about "Innocent until proven guilty" was illustrated with a case I had read a book about, and that the impression that book left me with was not the whole truth!


    What about Andrew P Napolitano’s performance did you like?

    I liked his narrating, especially because his passion for the topic comes through. That might not be the same with another narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    It is amazing how much of what one is taught in American History classes misses, as I found out with this audio book. Things that I took for granted as "fact" turn out to not be true. If you have an interest in history and politics, this book will make you think!

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    Steve INDIO, CA, United States 09-20-12
    Steve INDIO, CA, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent read"

    Interesting read. I'm going to look into some of the historial items he lists as facts considering that they are not accepted as facts by most in this country. If they are facts then my mind has been blown a few times in this book. I really like Napolitano's takes though and that he's not afraid to trash either party.

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    Heidi Maple Valley, WA, United States 09-19-12
    Heidi Maple Valley, WA, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2011

    I read epic sci-fi and historic fiction, good non-fiction science, classic philosophy, history and little bits of what blows through my ears

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    "Important to listen to regardless of convictions"

    I am a Progressive Liberal Democrat and I recommend this book. Understanding the fundamental mechanics of Constitutional debate and history only strengthens each of us as citizens. I have not changed my opinions as a result of hearing Judge Napolitano's arguments, but I am much clearer about the issues, the ramifications of policies and the location of mines in the political landscape. Idealists may bristle at his explicit distaste for honoured icons and ideals. So be it. It is rare to find such erudition and intelligent eloquence in someone with whom I disagree on so many points. Makes me miss Buckley.

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    George Waterloo, IL, United States 08-17-12
    George Waterloo, IL, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding!!"
    If you could sum up Lies the Government Told You in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent eye opener!


    What does Andrew P Napolitano bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kept my attention the whole time i was listening.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Didnt want to turn it off!


    Any additional comments?

    Filled with eye opening details, makes you think, shocking, have to listen to it again!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry United States 03-26-12
    Terry United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Judge MUST run for President"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Judge


    Which character – as performed by Andrew P Napolitano – was your favorite?

    The Judge


    If you could give Lies the Government Told You a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Why the average man should become a libertarian.


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to this book, as a conservative Republican......I will change my voter registration to Libertarian.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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