THE TRUTH WITH JOKES
by Al Franken
to be published October 27th 2005
Can be ordered for £16.19 from Independent Books Direct
Tel: 08700 798897
Review by JB
I have only read the extract in The
of Friday October 21st 2005 but this is thoughtful
stuff with a great deal of truth. In most satire, truth is a casualty
in the search for humour; the truth is spiced with tiny but crucial
lies or omissions. Often it is aimed at a cynical or disillusioned or
shallow audience just looking for an excuse not to care and have a
laugh instead. The title of this book has clearly been chosen very
carefully. If you are pressed for time, at least read the extract (6
tabloid pages) in the Independent - but read ALL of it.
Unfortunately its not in the Independent online
Also as previously linked
Revolt on the Tigris
extraordinary tale from the occupation of Iraq
Prince of the Marshes
book, "The Prince of the Marshes: And other Occupational Hazards of a
Year in Iraq" documents his experiences as deputy governor of the Iraqi
provinces of Amarah and Nasiriyah shortly after coalition forces
entered Iraq and describes his struggles to establish a functional
government in these regions.
AN INTERESTING NOTE WITH HINDSIGHT - 2008
Rory Stewart, while admitting that he was originally a supporter and
believer in the removal of Saddam and the reform of Iraq,
now believes it was a mistake ever to have attempted the latter. He
thinks that as soon as this was realised, we should
have got out. I cannot go along with him in this. I think it is
unrealistic and irresponsible.
Stewart thinks that since our aims are unrealistic and unattainable,
his argument is valid.
However, he and others have done their best and in the South, which is
the part of Iraq he is talking about.
Because they did not succeed does not mean they should never have tried.
We live in an age where short term success is worshipped.