The Lies They Tell

The Lies They Tell 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 w

  • Title: The Lies They Tell
  • Author: Tuvia Tenenbom
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  • Page: 345
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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 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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    1. Tuvia Tenenbom is a man of enormous appetite. Most of us will agree about that, despite other disagreement we will have at the end of this review, or at the end of his travel memoir around the United States. Tenenbom, by his own description, is an overweight, cigarette-smoking, brandy-drinking, non-religious, non-apologetic, argumentative, shape-shifting Israeli Jew who claims whatever citizenship (German, American, Israeli) will grant him greatest access to people’s inner thoughts. The more h [...]

    2. Ich weiß, Tuvia Tenenbom ist Jude. Zuvor veröffentlichte er Bücher a la "Allein unter Deutschen" oder "Allein in Israel". Weil Tuvia Tenenbom Jude ist.Dieses Merkmal trägt er vor sich hin wie ein Schild. "Ich bin Jude" und nun bin ich in Amerika und möchte immer und immer und immer (!) wieder wissen, was die US-Amerikaner über Juden, Israel etc. denken.Das hat mir den Bericht wirklich vermiest. Ich erwartete eine offene Reise durch die USA, ob nun ein Jude berichtet oder nicht. Unterhaltun [...]

    3. Couldn't put down his book. And I will probably read it again soon. TT is hilarious, ironic, sarcastic and sometimes naively shocked at things we should be but are no longer. (Which is of course sad.) One example is his reporting on the condition of the shantytowns and ghettoes in the US. We should be shocked at the crime, moral decay, and obvious disengagement of its citizens from a productive society, but we all look the other way and tell tourists "not to go in there." Well TT is not the typi [...]

    4. Probably 3.5. The face Tenenbom shows the world is that of a shallow, jolly, fat man here to have a bit of fun. Behind the facade, Tenenbom is a director, playwright, author, journalist and highly educated individual who is extremely sensitive to anti-semitism in all its forms. In an earlier book, I Sleep in Hitler's Room, Tenenbom traveled through Germany, talking to people about their attitudes toward Israel and the Jews and discovered there's a lot of sympathy for Palestine, without a lot of [...]

    5. 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 als [...]

    6. Lots of people won't like this bookTenenbom holds up a mirror for us. Before the election I would have questioned the reflection. But after the post election reactions by the press, the “liberals“ (for lack of a better word), and lots of Facebook exchanges - to me, the book rings much more true than not. It describes the true cultural state of the nation where the rubber meets the road (as well as any sampling could).

    7. It was good, but not nearly as good as "Catch the Jew". It was a very sad picture of America, but he isn't wrong.

    8. Well it's sort of exhausting to read more than 300 pages book and to find 3 or 4 worthy places but yet, it is much better than to read 1000 pages book and find absolutely nothing.I learned a lot about Tuvia Tenenbom - his background, his origin, his character, his opinions, his mistakes. I did not learn much about America: I bought this book based on newspapers' review but it was bunch of PR, false bullshit, exactly the one TT criticizes (he would use the word bullshit even though it will be p [...]

    9. Very depressing view of AmericaWho is this chameleon when not pretending to be someone else? Jewish? Does he ever go to synagogue when not required for an interview? German? Does it express itself other than his choice of beverage? American? After decades can he define it? Is he proud to be an Amrican citizen?Superficial and depressing in the way his earlier 'Catch the Jew' wasn't. It offers no different options even in its conclusion. For example, if determining parentage percentage to be an In [...]

    10. It's a really honest depiction of what is wrong with present day America. It leaves you with questions and thoughts that you already may have felt deep down but were never surfaced. Overall a very thought provoking book. There were definitely parts I felt that Tuvia was a little biased as a Jew himself and was being derogatory towards the minorities. But now that I think back for me being offended is because what he says are valid points that we as society do not want to be true. So we give ours [...]

    11. Tuvia Tenenbom is a good listener and story teller. He is unafraid of others and goes where most do not to get a sense for what people really believe and/or thinking. He is funny and insightful and invites us to relook at our reactions and beliefs, clearly identifying alternative facts on all sides. Worth the read if you want to better understand who we are and are not as a Nation.

    12. He has his pet peeves against the right and the left. In this mostly against the Left. He comes down to a set of Left "Commandments" that he is unmasking throughout America:- Thou shalt not smoke, unless it is Cannabis- Cannabis must be legal- Climate change is the end of the world- Pro-Life (anti-abortion)- Pro-Palestinian (even if they have no clue where that is)- America's poor and down trodden are ignored- Blacks are great - if they keep in their places- Jews are great, though they control t [...]

    13. Another thoughtful and opinionated journey of the author, this time through the US. He identifies bigotry, calling it out when he sees it. As in his other books, he finds hypocrisy, particularly in people's opinions about Jews and Israel. Even where I disagree with his opinions, he expresses them in a smart and often funny way.

    14. Can't help comparing it to his previous workThe book itself was a good read, fun, touching, and warm. However, after reading his previous book "Catch the Jew" I was expecting something more exotic

    15. Very relevant book to understand today's America and its people.Highly recommended read written very readable and humorously.

    16. I got an advanced copy of this book and I'm glad because I might not have read it otherwise. It's easy to read, so you'll finish it really fast and come away with a better understanding of attitudes around the country.

    17. Tuvia's wit is in fine form, but America is sadAmerica doesn't sound anything like the America the politicians describe. The poor are forgotten, the "decent" citizens are hopelessly ignorant, and racism is everywhere. Once again, Tuva shows the hidden underbelly of society. And proves Americans have deluded themselves about their country. The most humble, those struggling at the bottom of the American Dream, are the people with the most soul and humanity. With his tremendous gift to connect with [...]

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