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The Lies They Tell

by Tuvia Tenenbom

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Tenenbom drives across the US and reports verbatim conversations he has with a diverse number of US citizens. He talks to the rich, the powerful, the homeless and the poor. When he's warned not to go to certain neighbourhoods for his own safety he makes a beeline for them and talks to those who live there. All this while he catches up with the daily news reports and follows the primary debates for the 2016 Presidential election.
I read his [Catch the Jew!] and found it a revelation, this one is also a revelation though on a lesser scale as the US is such a huge country. Tenenbom's style is conversational, humorous and rude but he asks the questions that no one else is willing to ask and he asks them of all manner of people so the book is a compelling read. He sums up in just a few pages and is quite brutal but honest. ( )
  avatiakh | Mar 19, 2017 |
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Welcome to the real America,
a place you call home but don't yet know!
The USA is the world's empire and its actions will influence us all for generations to come.
But who are the Americans, the people who make up America?

Tuvia Tenenbom travels through America to find out. His wanderings take him across regional frontiers, partisan lines, and socioeconomic boundaries in a fearless quest for the flesh-and-blood American. He visits black ghettos and white gated communities, megachurches and Indian reservations. He schmoozes with robbers who teach him the true meaning of love and meets Jews who dedicate day and night to hatred of their brethren. He finagles his way into a prison where skinheads pray, goes to the Senate where no Senator seems to be working, experiments with drugs on American streets and ponders the deeper meaning of life with rednecks. He mingles with soldiers who teach him how to invade foreign countries and intellectuals who teach him the beautiful nature of Mother Earth, the goodness of man, and the sadism of the Israeli.
The characters he encounters, the adventures he eagerly embraces and the findings of his journey are always unique and often unexpected.
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Who are the real Americans, the people who make up America? In The Lies They Tell Tuvia travels through America to find out. He wanders across borders, partisan lines and socioeconimic boundaries in his fearless quest for the flesh-and-blood American. He visits black ghettos and white gated communities, mega churches and Indian reservations. He schmoozers with robbers who teach him the true meaning of love and meets Jews who dedicate day and night to hatred of the their breathren. He finagles his way into a prison where skinheads pray, experiments with drugs on American streets and ponders the deeper meaning of life with rednecks. Soldiers teach him how to invade foreign countries and intellectuals reveal the beautiful nature of Mother Earth, the goodness of man, and the sadism of the Israeli. The characters he encounters, the adventures he eagerly embraces and the findings of his journey are unique and often unexpected. Welcome to the real America, a place you call home but don't know yet.… (more)

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