BOOK REVIEW: Franken is true to his readers in 'Lies'

My personal politics lean slightly to the right, so I was expecting Franken to fight lies with lies. However, he and his team of Harvard student researchers do exactly what the book promises on its cover: fairly expose Republican leaders and pundits as shameless liars.

My personal politics lean slightly to the right, so I was expecting Franken to fight lies with lies. However, he and his team of Harvard student researchers do exactly what the book promises on its cover: fairly expose Republican leaders and pundits as shameless liars.

Evidence of their agenda-pushing antics are so disturbing, in fact, that one wonders if the likes of Ann Coulter, Karl Rove, and Rush Limbaugh could register as human, much less Republican. And by the last page, you'll be convinced that the absence of Fox News icons Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity in the Inferno was a mere oversight by Dante. Franken makes no secret of his liberal views, and there are spots where he comes across as blinded by his love for former President Bill Clinton. But the author does give credit where it's due (to Republicans and Democrats alike), and the book shifts well between funny and serious. The only thing missing was a DNC registration card, which I'd have gladly filled out. Title Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right Author Al Franken Publisher Dutton, 400 pages Reviewed by Eric Arnold

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