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.
Face it, a book purporting to expose liars should have it's facts straight, and Franken delivers. Call me me a simple-minded liberal, but it's a pleasure to hear Bill O'Reilly roundly abused, along with Rupert Murdoch, Anne Coulter, and the
Washington Times. Someone's gotta do it, so why not someone intelligent, articulate AND really funny. I've always wondered why half the stuff I read in the newspaper ends up there; now I have a really good idea why. The gloves are off in this book...Al Franken should sleep well at night knowing he gave it his best shot. This book isn't polite, but it sure is a pleasure to listen to. (Rick, Audio Production Manager)
"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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Fair and Balanced
Not bad, but he is no PJ Orourke