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17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Great, Thought-Provoking Read

I just read "The Lies the Government Told You" by Judge Andrew Napolitano. I LOVED it. I love learning and I love it when books teach me something I didn't know before reading. History and government especially fascinate me, and this book covered both areas. As I've got...
I just read "The Lies the Government Told You" by Judge Andrew Napolitano. I LOVED it. I love learning and I love it when books teach me something I didn't know before reading. History and government especially fascinate me, and this book covered both areas. As I've gotten older, I've realized there's so much I don't know.

The thing that stood out the most in this book, that I didn't know ahead of time, is that the Federal Reserve isn't owned by the government! In fact, it is a private corporation and they can pretty much do whatever they want. That scares me a little bit, I have to say. I came to the conclusion that there are a lot of flaws in our financial systems. The book even argued that the chairman of the Federal Reserve, is more powerful than the President. That is one example of a topic, the book covers many others (slavery, voting, freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, etc.).

The book was full of fascinating information. I think it's a must-read for all American citizens..at least the ones that actually want to decide for themselves on issues of importance. I also liked that the book wasn't biased. It avoided slamming a specific political party, and stuck to the facts. This is a great book for instigating intellectual conversations-or starting lively debates! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning.

posted by ErikaDawn0130 on March 15, 2010

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Review from a Non-History reading person

This book goes into detail on what the author states are 17 lies the government has told the American people. This book explains the 17 lies in detail and goes in depth to explain what they are supposed to be and how the government lied to us about it.

I honestly don...
This book goes into detail on what the author states are 17 lies the government has told the American people. This book explains the 17 lies in detail and goes in depth to explain what they are supposed to be and how the government lied to us about it.

I honestly don't like to read about history or anything that has to do with the government. But, this book caught my eye as I feel the government lies to us, you just have to find the truth.

I agree with some of the lies and some of them really upset me reading them. This book makes you think about our government. The lies that made me think and got me all upset were; All men are created equal, Every vote counts, Your body is your temple, We are winning the war on drugs, Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars, The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects should not be violated.

To me, the above are lies that the government has told us and continues to tell us, and these specific lies touch home to me on so many levels. I enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend it to my friends, to those who like history/government and to those who don't. This book really makes you think and I am glad I chose to read it.

This book is from Thomas Nelson and was provided for review as part of their BookSneeze program.

posted by mom2girlsnboy on February 24, 2010

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    Lies the Government Told You, by Andrew Napolitano

    Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, most likely disappointed many conservatives. Even though Napolitano does share a few valuable insights, they are mostly overshadowed by his liberal ideas. The most disconcerting concept is how he views truth. "Truth," Judge Napolitano says, "is identity between intellect and reality." This nondescript view, which implies that truth is not absolute, casts doubt on the truthfulness of his remaining arguments. He also attempts to smear several respected Americans in history and at times neglects pertinent details, causing nearly imperceptible historical inaccuracies. I was also surprised to find several cases of offensive language. In conclusion, even though it does contain some truth, I would not recommend this book.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

    Another Us vs Them book.

    Being someone on the Government payroll, he just sounds like an disgruntled employee. If I ran this place it would be so much better.. blah blah blah. He seems to be a typical neoliberal thinker, the government is evil, but Haliburton and McDonald's will secure or future just as soon as we can get rid of the pesky minimum wage and all those labor laws.

    All of his anecdotes on constitutional law are very misleading and without the social context involved in making the decision. But he is right in thinking that Democracy is the enemy of pure free market laws. And his ideas that retirement is to shuffle old people out to pasture is ridiculous. The only reason I can work 60 hours a week and never take a vacation is the deep back thought of one day never showing up to work again and retiring. If you are looking at retirement from the top of the food chain, I guess it would suck. After so many years some of you best assets leave the company and you can no longer squeeze the life from them.

    This book is simple minded, idealistic, and scapegoat-ish. If you read a lot of political books this will be a good balance book. If not just keep in mind there is way more to the story than what is being presented by the Author. And Milton Friedman is still one of the most evil people that have ever lived on this planet.

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