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Editorial Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Franken, the veteran comedian. Franken, the aspiring senator. Both are present in this sharp-tongued indictment of journalists, politicians, and our government. Depending on your political leanings, you'll revel in Franken's research and hoot over his humor, or you'll fume over his accusations and snarl over his exaggerations. Either way, he'll leave you howling! — Beth Anderson

Publisher's Summary

Al Franken, "one of our savviest satirists" ( People), takes on the issues, the politicians, and the pundits in one of the most anticipated books of the year.

Once again, the author of Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations trains his subversive wit directly on the contemporary political scene, leaving the powers-that-be in tatters and his audience in hysterics. Al Franken thrives on being in the opposition, and now that the Republican party controls both the Oval Office and Congress, the gloves are off and the satire is fast and furious.

Franken's specialty is using his targets' own words to make comedic and political points. Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, and host of post-Limbaugh talk-radio gasbags. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

Listen to Al Franken talk about Lies on Fresh Air from September 3, 2003.
©2003 AL Franken (P)2003 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

  • Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2003

"In the kicking, spitting spirit of all-star political discourse, Al Franken gives as good as he gets." (New York Times)
"Riotous...provocative reading for everyone.... Franken's sardonic critique of our culture of political disinformation is serious business." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
"Memo to Fox: Hire Al Franken." (Business Week)

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  • Lynn
  • Puyallup, WA, USA
  • 09-26-03

Book For The Ages

Great courage by the author and a great read in a time when the Right tells a lie long enough and hard enough to scare the people to death. I don't find the message in the book funny but true.

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

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More Lies for Your Money

I loved it! At least Franken is telling the truth when he says he's a liar. This is the medium for Al, the written word just doesn't do him justice.

5 of 16 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Mindless Drivel

I used to enjoy Al Franken. This book is mindless drivel. The smartest thing he did was to blame it on God.

Don't waste your time with this Audio book. Choose ANYTHING else.

Note: I was forced by the computer to rate one star - it does not deserve this high a distinction.

18 of 56 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

stick to comedy

He should stick to comedy, then he can be taken seriously.Its poorly written inconclusive babble and whining about the political right of America.All his supositions are unsupported.Fish wrapping.

8 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve
  • Omaha, NE, USA
  • 09-24-03


Al Franken for President!!!!!!!! Can't wait for the next one Al...Nice to hear liberals' side of things. Sure am tired of the conservative view. P.S....Vote for anyone, except Bush!!!!

4 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Dean
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 03-01-04

Als got all the answers - he's sure of it.

Since the vast majority of left-wing intelligent people I know are atheist/agnostic, I find it odd that when targeting this audience Franken decided to include a conversation with God as the introduction. In general the tone is condescending, and far more opinion than fact. I know enough opinionated people to avoid having to pay for Al's frankly vanilla brand of opinions. But I do have a weakness for exposing the lies of this society, so in the end the chord he strikes with me resonates well. Like a solid C major with some dissonant notes - I just wish he'd taken a more exploratory than an expository stance.

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  • Marc
  • Elmira, NY, USA
  • 12-22-03


This was the funniest and most informative book that I have ever heard. The content of the book was enhanced by Al Franken?s flawless delivery of his own material.

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  • Kelly
  • Hot Springs, AR, USA
  • 10-23-03

Commie leftist propaganda from a has-been loser.

Well, this un-funny has-been is obviously a commie elite ruling class leftist unAmerican treasonous hack, living in the elite dream-world fantasy-land of the typical, ignorant, leftist celebrity community.
Too bad the ignorant and uninformed spend their hard-eaned money on this treasonous, unAmerican filthy LIE nonsense.

Jeez, let's talk about LIES...(starts with an "L", just like "left")

I don't care where these people were born; they aren't Americans.

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  • Michael
  • Hewlett, NY, USA
  • 05-07-04


A book about liars? BRILLIANT!

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After laughing my way through this book the title "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them" Should, by all rights,--with do respect--, be refering to the author Al Frankin!

5 of 18 people found this review helpful