The Truth by Al Franken
(With Jokes)

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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” (zThe 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, Al 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).


About Al Franken

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Al Franken was born in 1951 and grew up in Minnesota. He got his start in show business in high school, when he began performing stand-up comedy. He attended Harvard University, but his comic talent went unrecognized by the school's famous Harvard Lampoon, which rejected him. Undaunted, Franken continued to do stand-up with a friend from high school, Tom Davis. Franken and Davis became celebrities when Lorne Michaels discovered their act and hired them for his new show, Saturday Night Live. In addition to doing the stand-up, Franken wrote many funny skits, including Chevy Chase's famous Gerald Ford bits, and created memorable characters like Stuart Smalley. Franken's ability to write comedy translated into a best-selling success with his political satire, Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot. The book has sold almost one million copies. Franken was elected to the U. S. Senate representing Minnesota in 2009.
Published October 25, 2005 by Plume. 384 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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The Truth With Jokes by Al Franken Allen Lane £17.99, pp352 Ever found yourself between a rock and a hard place?

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The Truth, With Jokes by Al Franken (Penguin, £8.99) I've always liked the rolling energy and caustic spirit of John Lennon's song "Gimme Some Truth" and its memorable chorus: "No short-haired, yellow-bellied son of Tricky Dicky's gonna mother hubbard soft soap me / With just a pocketful of ho...

Sep 16 2006 | Read Full Review of The Truth (With Jokes)

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Al Franken's publishing debut as a political satirist was 1996' Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot.

Dec 27 2005 | Read Full Review of The Truth (With Jokes)

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Franken takes the same tactic in his book, presenting material familiar to any listener of his daily Air America show, but with one major difference: Franken is funny.

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