Synopses & Reviews
Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida, spent years in the partys inner circle. In this no-holds-barred memoir, he shows why he switched sides and became a Democrat.
After serving as a Republican governorone who was on the short list for the vice presidency in 2008Charlie Crist made headlines when he decided to run for the U.S. Senate as an Independent. He was on the front page again when he endorsed President Obama in 2012 and spoke at the Democratic National Conventionand yet again when he officially joined the Democratic Party later that year. In The Partys Over, hell make even more news when he reveals:
- The inside story of his 2010 Senate primary campaign against Marco Rubio, where he learned exactly how vicious the Republican leadership can be.
- His journey from inner circle to persona non grata, thanks to his literal embrace of President Obama.
- His very frank opinions on Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and other top-tier Republicans.
- Why he believes that Democrats have the right vision for Florida and the nation. What hes learned as a member of both parties and why he remains convinced that the two-party system can still workwith the right leadership.
Rather than just rehashing his career, in this book Crist offers a focused indictment of the failings of the Republican Party, naming names and identifying where things went wrong. The Partys Over
is as far from politics as usual” as you can get.
"In the kicking, spitting spirit of current all-star political discourse, Al Franken gives as good as he gets....Funnier here than he was in his previous Oh, The Things I Know!, Mr. Franken also has a serious agenda." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"[T]he book is funny....What Franken has over his combatants...is that as a satirist, he's free to roam from fact to fiction....[Franken] stands tall and takes aim. In today's theater of acrimonious politics, he has major box-office appeal." Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News
"[A] typically unabashed blend of razor-witted denunciation and old-fashioned gumshoe detective work directed at right-wing crazies both in and out of government....And Franken can be very funny." Andrew Gumbel, The Independent (U.K.)
"Liberals should love it....[Franken's] jokes and facts are more likely to entertain readers who share his politics than they are to change minds....He enjoys goading his targets, if only for new material." Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today
"Franken is brilliant at converting actual, factual quotes from our very own public servants and powerbrokers into wry commentary....[S]turdy and interesting, no matter which side of the capital-gains tax break you butter your bread on." Colleen Kruse, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"What is striking about Franken's book is that along with the sharp political zings and sometimes sophomoric jokes...there is some genuinely impressive investigative reporting." Margo Hammond, St. Petersburg Times
"It doesn't take much to expose the right-wing hypocrites...as lying frauds, but in [this] delightfully vicious new book...it all seems much too easy....Al Franken is one of the first to say so with wit, charm, and a healthy dose of cynical bite." Matt Cale, RuthlessReviews.com
"Al Franken is really funny....But although of course his bantam arguments are hilarious and thrilling and will probably be the most quoted scenes in the book reviews, why, there's ever so much more!" Rebecca Schoenkopf, Orange County Weekly
Once again, the author of Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations trains his subversive wit directly on the contemporary political scene, leaving the powers-that-be in tatters and his audience in hysterics.
Al Franken, "one of our savviest satirists" (People
), takes on the issues, the politicians, and the pundits in one of the most anticipated books of the year.
For the first time since his own classic Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, Al Franken trains his subversive wit directly on the contemporary political scene. Now, the "master of political humor" (Washington Times) destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, and exposes how the Right shamelessly tries to deceive the rest of us.
No one is spared as Al uses the Right's own words against them. Not the Bush administration and their rhetorical hypocrisy. Not Ann Coulter and her specious screeds. Not the new generation of talk-radio hosts, and not Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, and the entire Fox network. This is the book Al Franken fans have been waiting for (and his foes have been dreading). Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always funny, Lies is sure to become the most talked about book of political humor in 2003 and beyond.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 355-367).
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Al Franken, one of our “savviest satirists” (People), has been studying the rhetoric of the Right. He has listened to their cries of “slander,” “bias,” and even “treason.” He has examined the Bush administration’s policies of squandering our surplus, ravaging the environment, and alienating the rest of the world. He’s even watched Fox News. A lot.
And, in this fair and balanced report, Al bravely and candidly exposes them all for what they are: liars. Lying, lying liars. Al destroys the liberal media bias myth by doing what his targets seem incapable of: getting his facts straight. Using the Right’s own words against them, he takes on the pundits, the politicians, and the issues, in the most talked about book of the year.
Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always funny, Lies sticks it to the most right-wing administration in memory, and to the right-wing media hacks who do its bidding.
About the Author
Emmy Award–winning television writer and producer, Grammy-winning comedian, and host of The Al Franken Show on Air America Radio, Al Franken is the author of five books, including the number one New York Times bestsellers Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them): A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right and Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations. He is the only comedian to have performed at Abu Ghraib, as far as we know.
Table of Contents
A Note from the Author xi Introduction xv 1 Hummus
1 2 Ann Coulter: Nutcase
5 3 You Know Who I Don't Like? Ann Coulter
17 4 Liberals Who Hate America
21 5 Loving America the Al Franken Way
24 6 I Bitch-Slap Bernie Goldberg
28 7 The 2000 Presidential Election: How It Disproved the Hypothetical Liberal Media Paradigm Matrix
37 8 Conclusion: A Lesson Learned
51 9 Five Get-Rich-Quick Tips the Wall Street Fat Cats Don't Want You to Know
52 10 Chapter for American Book by Kharap Juta
56 11 I'm Funnier than Kharap Juta
57 12 The Chapter on Fox
58 13 Bill O'Reilly: Lying, Splotchy Bully
65 14 Hannity and Comes
83 15 The Blame-America's Ex-President-First Crowd
104 16 Operation Ignore
115 17 Our National Dialogue on Terrorism
123 18 Humor in Uniform
124 19 Who Created the Tone?
132 20 Did the tone Change?
142 21 Why Did Anyone Think It Would Change?
143 22 I Grow Discouraged About the Tone
152 23 I'm Prudenized
165 24 Paul Gigot Is Unable to Defend an Incredibly Stupid Wall Street Journal Editorial
170 25 "This Was Not a Memorial to Paul Wellstone": A Case Study in Right-Wing Lies
177 26 I Attend the White House Correspondents Dinner and Annoy Karl Rove, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and the Entire Fox News Team
206 27 The Lying Years
217 28 Bush Can't Lose With Clinton's Military
220 29 Operation Chickenhawk: Episode One
226 30 Fun with Racism
252 31 I'm a Bad Liar
261 32 Thank God for Jerry Falwell
277 33 Abstinence Heroes
283 34 Abstinence Heroes II
287 35 "By Far the Vast Majority of My Tax Cuts Go to Those at the Bottom"
288 36 The Waitress and the Lawyer: A One-Act Play
304 37 The Gospel of Supply Side Jesus
313 38 I Challenge Rich Lowry to a Fight
324 39 Vast Lagoons of Pig Feces: The Bush Environmental Record
328 40 I Meet Former First Lady Barbara Bush and It Doesn't Go Well!
336 41 My Personal Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction
342 42 The No Child Left Behind Standardized Test
349 43 What is a Lie?
352 Sources and Notes 355 Meet TeamFranken 369 Acknowledgments 373 Endnotes 379