Thursday, August 19, 2010

Lies the Government Told You, by Andrew Napolitano

Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, most likely disappointed many conservatives. Even though Napolitano does share a few valuable insights, they are mostly overshadowed by his liberal ideas. The most disconcerting concept is how he views truth. "Truth," Judge Napolitano says, "is identity between intellect and reality." This nondescript view, which implies that truth is not absolute, casts doubt on the truthfulness of his remaining arguments. He also attempts to smear several respected Americans in history and at times neglects pertinent details, causing nearly imperceptible historical inaccuracies. I was also surprised to find several cases of offensive language. In conclusion, even though it does contain some truth, I would not recommend this book.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


  1. I'm glad to read your comments. Based on your review I won't request this book from Booksneeze.
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  2. So you were just looking for a book to back up the conservative ideas you already have? That just makes me want to read it all the more!
    And also, you do not make a very strong case that the Judge does not believe in truth. I think his quote it rather profound.

  3. Thanks so much for an honest review. I'll steer clear of this book. His unbiblical definition of "truth" says it all.

  4. Great reviews! I found you through Book Sneeze as well! Thanks for telling it like you see it.

  5. Aaron, I was not looking for a book to back up my political ideas (although that would have been nice). However, it would be dishonest of me to give Lies the Government Told You a favorable review when my worldview is entirely different from Napolitano's. Thank you for the comment, and I am glad that my review had such an influence on your opinion of the book that you would decide to read it. I hope you return to see other reviews posted here.