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
If you like Ron Paul this book will appeal to you. If you still think there is any hope in either Democrats or Republicans doing what is right then this book will just annoy you. Read it anyway. If there is the potential for men like Ron Paul or Andrew Napolitano having an influence on the national political stage then there still might be a glimmer of hope that things could get better.
Generally, I enjoyed the book and learned many things.
That being said, before buying this book, you should know: Napolitano is an ardent libertarian, 2)he is, to put it mildly, opinionated 3)in at least one instance, maybe two, in my opinion, his opinions "border" on conspiracist 3)some people will be offended by his treatment of Lincoln and other publicly revered persons - he ignores the tension Lincoln felt between his desire to see an end to slavery and his desire to save the union, saying (incorrectly) that he [Lincoln] was not concerned about slavery prior to the war - he also calls him a tyrant due to his actions re; the press during the War (actually, I'd agree on the latter, but still, some people don't like their idols torn down, so i am warning you) and finally, the Judge seems to use the argument of state's rights when it is convenient and the argument against state's rights when that is convenient.
Nevertheless, with those caviats, I highly recommend the book. You may not agree with Napolitano's opinions but the book is quite helpful for understanding the thinking behind libertarianism and those who believe original intent. It may even convince you.
The Judge has given us a great resourse and a history lesson. There was so much information I learned from this book that I plan to buy a hard copy and highlight the pages. I am also going to give away several to my friends.
I have always been a fan of Andrew Napolitano and look forward to his analysis of current events. Unfortunately, this was not a very good book. It is rare that I have to stop listening to a book before the end. In this case, the story lines were all over the place and not presented in a compelling or spellbinding manner. I would definitely listen to other books of Napolitano's because of my respect for him. This one was just too abstract.
If you want the truth, details, facts as to what appears to be and what really is get this book. You shouldn't see our govt in the same light again. For the deniers out there this book tackles the fallacy that our two party system is for anything other than growing govt. gaining and holding power.
Listening to this book was like listening to a favorite uncle telling stories of what's wrong with the World. His mannerism and reading style are very engaging and hard to turn off. But it's his subject matter that really makes this a must listen. This isn't a partisan piece pushing a left or right wing agenda but a more truthful "them", the Government, against "us", the citizen, examination of a number of cases that are effectively destroying the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
This is by far one of the best books i've listened to.
The Judge is the only character and he reads the book great. Very enthusiastic.
His enthusiasm really gets you into the story.
Everyone in America Should Read This.
For someone who didn't do very well in history during high school, I liked the way that Judge Napolitano kept my attention throughout the book. Much of this is not the history that is taught these days, but it certainly should be more widely known, and probably would be if the government wasn't setting the education agenda.
It's difficult to pick just one, but I was very surprised to learn of Lincoln's desire for separation of the races.
No, I usually go walking and listen during that time.
I would highly recommend this book, both for the information that it contains, as well as for the experience of listening to a speaker who will hold your attention.
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?
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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