True Lies
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True Lies

Anthony Lappe, Stephen Marshall, Ian Iniba & Greg Palast
278 pages
September 2004
rated 2 of 5 possible stars

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Somewhere between the National Lampoon, Mad Magazine and Jon Stewart sits this laundry list of how the corporate conglomerates have done us wrong, told us untruths, and then attempted to cover them. For those of you convinced your government lies to you daily, your newspapers reveal little more than half-truths, and newscasters represent nothing but beautiful faces speaking talking heads dialogue, this may titillate and excite you. For the rest of us, it's simply marginally entertaining smoking gun overviews.

Lambasted are everyone from George Bush and Tom Brokaw to events including 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, and even the counting of votes in presidential elections. This is not a surface glance, mind you, into these various subjects; the authors are well-informed researchers, television writers and producers, and unearth some startling, if sometimes unbelievable, truths (not to be confused with facts).

But, somehow, life itself presents itself to us an almost unbelievable truth, and there's enough chagrin and perplexing elements in day-to-day life to keep us all at odds with what is real: President Bush, wars fought with bullets and blood, and an economy just a gnat's breath away from spiralling down the long dark tube.

Read with caution, question authority, and don't believe anyone but yourself and maybe close family. Fun, sometimes startling, but with everything in the world a sort of Area 51 and grassy knoll tale, reality becomes much weirder than the real.

© 2004 by Steven Rosen for

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