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

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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 February 24, 2010

    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'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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    Well researched and well thought out

    Disclaimer: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson in exchange for this review.

    Lies the Government Told You by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano identifies 17 lies--not just recent ones, but over the history of the United States. The lies he identifies includes gun control, social security, voting rights, torture, and a lot of other hot button issues.

    I've seen seen Napolitano on TV and have liked his bluntness and honesty. The book comes across the same way, and it shows through his knowledge of the Constitution and of American history. As he discusses each lie, he gives numerous examples of historical events and court cases that happened to ordinary citizens. One of the most memorable to me was a man who got arrested for carrying a large amount of cash under the premise he must be selling drugs. His expensive car was confiscated and given to the DA. The man was later proven to be innocent, and the judge had to get the car back. Later, the DA's wife complained that the judge had taken away her husband's expensive car!

    No politician is safe in this book. Even Washington and Lincoln are taken to task, as are both Democrats and Republications. This is a book to make you think, but may also make you mad.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    Recommended

    Highly informative and thought provoking. Many Articles of the Constitution written several centuries ago are obviously difficult to apply in today's modern times and have been amended frequently. Interpretation of the Constitution will always be a contention among lawyers and the Supreme Court. This book is somewhat difficult to read and requires more study than just reading as non-fiction, but certainly a wonderful book and considerable to reflect upon.

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

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    Worth reading, but disagree with some proposals

    I am a moderate to liberal when it comes to politics and social issues but I tried to read this book with an open mind.

    I do agree with a lot of what the author says, most of his points are unquestionably true. I do think the founding fathers intended the states to have more power then the federal government at the time the Constitution was written--and that was a good thing then. But times have changed and the world of 1789 was radically different then the world of today. Modern technology allows an enemy to launch an attack within minutes so we need a central government capable of launching an immediate response.

    That being said, I do agree there are many areas in which our government could be improved. This book provides a fine basis for discussion, so I do recommend it.

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