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The 10 Big Lies about America

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The 10 Big Lies About America: Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published November 18th 2008 by Crown Forum (first published November 8th 2008)
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Feb 15, 2010 Ray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, I didn't finish the book, and my impression was only formed by the little I did read. My idea of the book could be partially off, but I'm fairly confident I captured the flavor of the message.

Medved seemed to start with each segment with an extreme and minority viewpoint, presented it as if it was the widely-held mainstream belief, and then, by showing errors or inconsistencies in the extreme views, make it sound that if those extreme minority views can be proven incorrect, then the
MsSmartiePants the candy...
Michael Medved is one of the smartest people in media today. Always a great listener, he is respectful to everyone who calls his radio show whether they agree or disagree. What he does not respect? Lies.
Our culture is used to getting "news" and "facts" from media which is documented by independent research to be biased. Mr. Medved, on the other hand, is an excellent critical thinker, researcher and orator. He can make the complex understandable and the truth apparent to even the most staunch op
Bill Weaver
Jan 21, 2009 Bill Weaver rated it really liked it
Michael Medved is a conservative talk show host that seems for the most part to present a rational point of view. When I heard about this book I was intrigued. It is not a bombastic tirade on the left, but presents a reasonable look at history that is not normally taught in school. I do not blame schools for leaving out some things in history because of their limited time frame. It is up to me to continue to learn.
May 29, 2009 Ebookwormy1 rated it really liked it
Based on it's excellent research and relevant topics, I would recommend this book. Medved has an ability to put things in context, and examine the data from a different perspective. I learned a lot, and I do believe (for whatever reason) it is harder to hear the conservative voice in today's national dialogue. Medved does an excellent job of bring that voice, reasoned, educated, and full of wisdom, to life. Even accepting that I will keep this book as a reference, I read some of the chapters thr ...more
Feb 12, 2009 Marc rated it liked it
Recommends it for: center-right and center-left thinkers
I enjoyed this analysis of our nations history and the people who would seek to demean the greatness of the United States. For the most part, I think that Medved keeps a realistic perspective on the failings of our nation's heritage while lauding all of the uniquely good things that have taken shape here.

I found his assessment on lie #10 (Moral Decline) to be a little short on detail. It was almost as though he wanted to be fair by calling out some of the conservatives on a "big lie". The chapte
Jul 27, 2011 Kash rated it really liked it
I am an Iranian living in Canada and as a pro-America individual, I'd like to express my gratitude to the American people who have done so much good for the world. In this book, Mr. Medved (host of his own radio show) dismantles the liberal lies one by one and makes a great example for those who would like to know the truth about the United States. This book is very well written, easy to read and I look forward to recommend it to those misguided friends of mine who do not appreciate the existenc ...more
Joseph D. Walch
Jan 05, 2009 Joseph D. Walch rated it it was amazing
Great book about a number of historical controversies such as third parties in politics, Native Americans, Slavery (e.g., America only consisted of 5% of all slave traffic to the new world--most slaves went to Brazil, the Carribean, or other South American countries), etc.

Very enlightening and entertaining. I listened to the audiobook format.
Sep 27, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it
This book is definitely worth reading. Medved does an excellent job at backing up his statements and proving that overall our country is a wonderful place. At the same time, though, he doesn't sugar coat anything or pretend that America is perfect. It's a great balance of admitting where we've made mistakes and showing what we've done to try to become better.
Dec 18, 2008 Kyle rated it it was amazing
great book. has a lot of myths about America that i have actually heard of. Medved does a good job addressing each lie, and makes it interesting as well (double whammy). every patriotic American should read this book.
Tony Peterson
Jul 05, 2010 Tony Peterson rated it did not like it
poorly researched and poorly written...but I wouldn't expect much more from a moron like Medved.
Jun 29, 2010 Whitny rated it it was amazing
Must read for every American. Loved it. Great information
Mar 16, 2017 MyNameIsTim rated it it was amazing
The title sums up the book pretty well. But how does it perform? My answer - outstanding, and he even changed my mind on a couple of them where I initially strongly disagreed with him.

I picked up this book knowing quite a lot about half of the "lies" that he discussed. Yet he blew me away by disproving those lies more eloquently than I thought possible and with better statistics than I even knew existed.

But what really sets this book apart is that it changed my mind on several parts where I ini
Mar 07, 2017 Camilo rated it it was ok
Honestly better written than I thought it would be, but the arguments themselves relied more on faith and tradition. Which was basically the central thesis: faith and tradition provides.
May 12, 2014 Jimmy rated it really liked it
Although I have not heard him for years, I enjoy Michael Medved’s radio show because of how he approaches people that disagree with him: he interacts with his guests and those who call in with a level of civility that is almost rare and unique on talk radio. While I don’t believe the United States is always right, Medved’s book Ten Big Lies about America will challenge some of the narrative of the “Hate America First” crowd. It is a brilliant and an enjoyable read.
Medved focuses his first chap
Carole Rae
Dec 12, 2011 Carole Rae rated it really liked it
I debated myself whether or not to review this book for a while. I randomly found this book in my local library when I was looking for books about Scotland (I wrote a paper on Scotland in my geography class). How odd is that? I think it was fate for me to read this...I'm glad I decided to review this and read this, because the book touches base with many "issues" Americans and others have against the United States.

Professor Hull, my US History professor, had always said its good to have an open
Dec 03, 2011 Kenny rated it really liked it
Medved pulls from many sources for this book and collates them into a general entry-level discussion about the "facts" most of us have been taught about American history -- "facts" that are demonstrably untrue.

I'll leave it to Medved to give you chapter and verse, but I would like to discuss the reason why these distortions prevail. After all, they make America -- and by extension, you and me -- look bad, and that includes the very people who teach them. Why do they do it?

Self-loathing has at it
Dave Lester
I enjoy Michael Medved as a radio host personality. He is not the usual bombast that one may find on the channels. He studied history at Yale and is able to articulate a conversative position by being respective to those who disagree.

In this book, he combats, what he views, as historical lies that have been perpetuated upon American by liberals.

He examines the following topics: Myth: The United States is uniquely guilty for the crime of slavery and based its wealth on stolen African labor.

Apr 13, 2009 Rich rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, history, culture
Medved is an unabashed America lover. He begins and ends each hour on his nationally syndicated radio show by saying, "It's a great day in the greatest nation on God's green earth." He makes no bones about it. And good for him. With this book he takes on the ten biggest misconceptions or lies about America, including slavery, supposed genocide against Native Americans, big business, the separation of church and state, to name a few.

His main purpose is to put these issues into their complete his
In this book Michael Medved makes the case that Americans should not fill guilty over our past. The thought processes that I went through as I read this book was what does feelings of guilt do for someone. My answer is two fold. Feelings of guilt shows that the guilty party has a conscience and a historic feeling of guilt could provide the moral framework for not committing future actions that would also cause guilt. The problem of guilt is when dwelt upon can divert peoples attention and keep t ...more
Mar 19, 2009 Desiree rated it liked it
It took me a while to get into this book. The subject matter is interesting, but I didn't find that it was written in a way that I couldn't put it down....

That being said, I finally finished it up today. It left me with a feeling that just about all the myths can be shattered by saying that the US is much better off now than it would have been if we didn't take the land from the Native Americans, bring over slaves, allow big businesses to flourish and allow foreigners to come and stay. All of th
Feb 08, 2015 Dann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
A powerful and revealing political exposé, The 10 Big Lies About America looks at some of the most common misconceptions that have arisen about America and her legacy. Addressing such topics as Native American “genocide,” slavery, the nation’s religious heritage, and the culture’s moral decay, author Michael Medved attempts to separate fact from fiction. Using historical archives and other authoritative source materials, Medved dispels many erroneous notions that have crept up regarding America’ ...more
Nov 18, 2011 Quincy rated it did not like it
I read this book after a long political argument with a friend. This friend is a fervent disciple of Michael Medved, so I thought I'd read one of Medved's books in an effort to better understand my friend's views. Despite the low review that I'm giving, there were a few parts that I enjoyed and agreed with. The trouble is that Medved's chapters about foreign affairs and third parties are such blatant distortions of truth that I think it taints everything else he wrote. If I were a politically ig ...more
Aug 27, 2010 Anthony rated it really liked it
If you're a conservative I think many of these arguments have been presented in other areas and with similar results (e.g. Thomas Sowell discusses many of the middle class "issues" in Economic Facts and Fallacies). What I found most interesting was the last chapter, many times, especially amongst certain types of conservatives (e.g. Michael Savage) often act as if we are in complete social decline something I often bristle against. Although I feel that there is some cultural decline, it is nothi ...more
Apr 17, 2009 Mike rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
While I agree with the premise of this book (that being there is a lot of lying being taught to our youth regarding America's history and origin as well as its politics), Medved came up with a list of the 10 so called biggest lies about America. The problem, in my opinion, is that these are not necessarily the 10 biggest lies about our country. Medved argues his, albeit conservative, viewpoint well however some of his arguements seem to come off as his own pet peeves. It makes the book seem more ...more
May 10, 2012 John rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics
Yesterday I finished reading Michael Medved’s The 10 Big Lies about America: Combating Destructive Distortions about Our Nation’s Past and Present. I gave the book a two star rating on Goodreads and my feelings about the book really are captured in Goodreads’s description of its two star rating: “It was ok.”

I read this book because it is an important book to someone I love. I wanted to dialogue with the book, and I wanted to have the book in common with that relative as a foundation for future c
Jan 10, 2009 Richard rated it liked it
It is a great book and very much needed to be written and popularized to the general American public. The book was meticulously researched and that is perhaps its major fault. The statistics are perhaps too many and therefore do not stick. However, this book can be used as a reference to make the points to friends and neighbors that America is the land of opportunity for an unbelievable number of people, both natives and aspiring Americans.

As for those of us who have lived overseas, I don't thi
Jim Johnson
Apr 17, 2014 Jim Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Blah, blah, blah... the author uses the Michael Moore tactics of cherry-picking and deception to rebut any view of America that challenges his privileged status as a conservative Christian white male or that forces him to face the facts that American history has a dark side. There was some actual truth in there somewhere but it's buried deep and not worth the digging through massive amounts of propaganda and disinformation. The author would like to present an America that is pure and good and th ...more
Mar 31, 2012 John rated it it was ok
Well, publicly confessing to read Michael Medved might turn off your more liberal friends, but there is an argument to be made in favor of reading people you disagree with. Medved's earlier works ... Whatever happened to the Class of '64 and Hollywood vs. America ... were decent reads. This book fell a bit flat. I had expected the normal neoconservative drivel somewhere between Rush Limbaugh and Bill Bennett, but admittedly Medved does his research and notes his sources. His arguments tend to be ...more
Jan 03, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in a non-fictioney sort of mood, and this quick, interesting read fully satisfied. Don't be fooled by the dramatic title; it's really not a politically charged kind of book, but more like ten brief history lessons about the things that make America unique. I learned alot of interesting facts in this book, rather than merely having my opinion swayed by a charismatic author. I do not like sloppy, inflammatory cliches about politics and patriotism, and this book had none of that. Articulate, ...more
Nov 09, 2010 Kirt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: academics
Informative and interesting, mostly, with a fine knack for painting historical perspective. I agree with and accept maybe 95% of Medved's arguments, but he has some strong biases that color his reasoning and blind him to certain avenues of thought. I think his reading of history is good, but his views on contemporary issues tend to be myopic. He does a passable job as the reader of this audio book, although there is an overall tone of disdain in his voice and comments that I found distasteful. I ...more
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MICHAEL MEDVED’s daily three-hour radio program, The Michael Medved Show, reaches five million listeners on more than three hundred stations coast to coast. He is the author of twelve other books, including the bestsellers The 10 Big Lies About America, Hollywood vs. America, Hospital, and What Really Happened to the Class of ’65? He is a member of USA Today’s board of contributors, is a former ch ...more
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“Both adults have always worked," observes Cox, writing with business journalist Richard Alm. "Running a household entails a daunting list of chores: cooking, gardening, child care, shopping, washing and ironing, financial management, ferrying family members to ballet lessons and soccer practice... the idea that people at home don't work isn't just insulting to women, who do most of the housework. It also misses how specialization contributes to higher and higher living standards. At one time, both adults worked exclusively at home. The man constructed buildings, tilled the land, raised livestock. The woman prepared meals, preserved food, looked after the children. Living standards rarely raised above the subsistence level." But as men went to work outside the home- "gaining specialized skills and earning income that allowed the family to buy what it didn't have the time, energy or ability to make at home"-- living standards rose.
------ Michael Medved quoting Cox and Alm, "10 Big Lies about America" page 224”
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