The Truth (with jokes)

The Truth (with jokes)

by Al Franken
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The #1 New York Times bestseller by Senator Al Franken, author of Giant of the Senate

Senator Al Franken’s landmark bestseller, Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them): A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, was praised as a “bitterly funny assault” (The New York Times) that rang “with the moral clarity of an angel’s trumpet” (The Associated Press). Now, this master of political humor strikes again with a powerful and provocative message for all of us.

In these pages, Senator Franken reveals the alarming story of how:

   • Bush (barely) beat Kerry with his campaign of “fear, smear, and queers,” and then claimed a nonexistent mandate.
   • “Casino Jack” Abramoff, the Republicans’ nearest and dearest friend, made millions of dollars off of the unspeakable misery of the poor and the powerless. And, also, Native Americans.
   • The administration successfully implemented its strategy to destroy America’s credibility and goodwill around the world.

Complete with new material for this paperback edition, The Truth (with jokes) is more than just entertaining, intelligent, and insightful. It is at once prescient in its analysis of right-wing mendacity and incompetence, and inspiring in its vision of a better tomorrow for all Americans (except Jack Abramoff).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452287679
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/26/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

U.S. Senator Al Franken grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Before running for the Senate, Al spent 37 years as an Emmy award-winning comedy writer; author of I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat IdiotLies (and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them), and Giant of the Senate; and radio talk show host. He has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting our troops overseas in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait.

First elected to the Senate in 2008, and re-elected in 2014, he currently sits on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Committee on Indian Affairs. He has been married to his wife, Franni, for 40 years.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

May 21, 1951


B.S., Political Science, Harvard University, 1973

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read Lies and now I've read the truth. I agree with the New York Times reviewer on that the subject matter was extremely tougher and, well, more sad than in Lies. I don't think it was quite as funny, but it was as funny as corruption and war could ever be. Because of how heavy some of the topics were, it wasn't exactly an easy read for me. It left me at times scratching my head in frustration and information overload. But I think that I am better for having read it, and I think that everyone who considers themselves a patriotic American should have to. Everyone should know what's been going on with our government and this country. I also just really enjoy Franken's writing. He is intelligent and humorous. And he thoroughly researches everything he writes about, providing examples for every point he has to make. I especially appreciate the credibility because it makes this book more than opinion, it really makes it The Truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for everyone! I looked up many of the sources he sites for the information he provides and it all checked out. It puzzles me that someone can say it's 'trash' if it is well researched. Franken even often gives credit to the 'other side' when they do do something right. People need to read this book to get their head out of the sand!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a gift for Christmas and read it almost entirely in one sitting. Mr. Franklin makes a powerful, cogent, and insightful indictment of the Bush administration and Republicans in Congress. Conservatives can call Al names, but they can't seem to answer the arguments he makes in his book. And its very, very funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting and thought provoking read, courtesy of AirAmerica's radio host for the Progessive Liberal side. As with his previous books, Al Franken takes a stand for those who honestly fear for the future of the country with 'King George' still in power. New characters introduced such as Tom 'The Hammer' Delay and 'Casino' Jack Abramoff. Ironically, this could be said to be his best book however it lacks the humor that made his previous books, such as Lying Liars, so fantastic and fun to read. Perhaps this is due to the fact that there is alot of serious issues he talks about within its pages. As you read it you can practically feel Franken's frustration towards the reigning right wing fanatics in the Bush administration. There are jokes, true to its title, but it seems that they are far more scattered throughout the text than in his previous books. An excellant read if you enjoyed Lying Liars, or his book on Rush Limbaugh. I'm not really a liberal minded guy, but Al definately can write a better book than any of his compatriots from the right. Though I think I might have to send a note to the store I bought this from to move it from the humor section to the Politics section.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Franken shows us again why he is so respected by Democrats and feared by the corrupt camp in the Republican Party: facts. The guy's full of interesting facts. And I did laugh out loud more than a dozen times. And guess what-he's got more degrees than W.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought he wouldn't be able to top LIES but he did. I 100% recomend anyone who wants the truth to go out and purchase this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book! Franken did an excellent job with his research, and lays it out in an easy and fun to read book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At last someone has taken a hard view at the machinations used to manipulate the voting American public. This book invokes winces at times because it drives home the uncomfortable truth about politics and the current campaigning practices. Al Franken nails it perfectly, backing up his theories with valid facts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well-constructed book that entertains as it informs. Franken dissects the Mis - information machine of the Right with precision.
Jezabel61 More than 1 year ago
I am thoroughly enjoying this book. I did not read his previous books so I was not sure what to expect but i was pleasantly surprised. Not only is Al Franken extremely funny, but he backs up his facts. I feel like I'm getting an education on the dirty secrets of Washington politics and it's really funny! I would recommend this book to all of my Democrat friends only.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Al Franken is the master of political satire, but he is so much more than just a comedian! Franken is one of the smartest political thinkers in the public arena, he presents every arguement with a shocking amount of reasearch and an 'In Your Face!' attitude. This is a book for everyone, reguardless of political affiliation: it is amazing, witty, funny and is one of my favorite books of all time! (with jokes)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that makes me laugh. I like funny books.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm disappointed. I didn't even finish this book. Once upon a time, AlFranken's wit was razor sharp and right on the money. His intelligence wasobvious and, while the stuff he wrote was funny, it was also well thoughtout. Something has happened to him. I think it is his Air Americasatellite radio program. He's got "the big head" (as my mother used to callit), so full of himself and his own importance that he's got nothing to say.Between the back-slapping he does to himself and the truly hateful way hehas of saying things now, he comes off sounding like a Rush Limbaugh clone,just sitting on the other side of the fence. He should go sit next to AnnCoulter at the next dinner party because he's getting to be just as nastyand mean-spirited as she is. Bah.
dvf1976 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure which is more obnoxious, Al Franken's continuous hammering of the Bush administration or the Bush administration itself.(Not that the Bush administration doesn't deserve some hammering, but it got obnoxious after about 2/3rds of the book)
DevourerOfBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Al gets angrier and less funny with every book. This book includes a footnote that says something to the effect of "here is one joke, can you find the other one?". Unfortunately, that is correct. I don't blame Al for getting angrier and angrier (or more and more serious) about the direction the country is taking, but I miss the light-hearted days when he could just make fun of the multiple marriages and hypocrisies of prominent Republicans.
jaimelesmaths on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book was well-written and very informative, and the epilogue was amazing, but, overall, it just wasn't as funny as Franken's earlier works. Still very much worth the read, but I might not re-read.
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fine collection of topical poltical/social humor. Franken takes no pains to disguise his liberal views - quite the opposite. His liberal position is the point. Admittedly, I am biased as a fellow liberal, but I admire and applaud Franken for holding his position in the face of such opposition and with such relative lack of support.
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Find the brainwashed rights
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