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The Lies They Tell


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Tuvia Tenenbom, the author of three bestsellers in a row, is a journalist, dramatist, and the founder of the Jewish Theater of New York. Tuvia studied for his doctorate in English literature at St. John's University, earned his MFA in playwriting at CUNY-Brooklyn, received his BS in mathematics and computer science from Touro, and finished his rabbinical studies in Jerusalem. He also studied Christianity and Islam in Israel and New York as well as journalism, acting, theater, and finance (at NYU).


Tenenboms latest book demonstrates why a concerted effort should be made to encourage American Jews to emigrate to Israel. - Asaf Shimoni, The Times of Israel
Tenenbom had a grim story to share about anti-Semitism in the United States. He told it in a most entertaining way. - Robert Isler, Jewish Link of New Jersey
A unique, funny and disarming man gets to the parts of America that Obama seems not to have noticed, even those populated by African-Americans. The Lies They Tell, is about America. Yes, about We, the People. What he found was eye-opening - Prof. Phyllis Chesler, Arutz 7
The entire book is worth a read, not only for those who are still wondering how the real estate mogul and reality star became president, but for those who wonder, like Tenenbom, what a person might learn from chatting with the locals in 39 places around America. - Lindsey Ellefson, MEDIAite
Israeli-German journalist Tenenbom (Catch the Jew!) employs his not-so-subtle sarcasm to expose the hypocrisy, contradictions, and delusions of average Americans. Following his assessment of Europeans in his previous books, he now endeavors to meet as many people as possible and portray the character [of America] and its people. He begins his journey in June 2015, the day of the Charleston, S.C., church shooting, and ends after the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting in December 2015. He encounters propaganda and denial, and exposes political corruption in Chicago, gun culture, megachurches, anti-Semitism, polarizing opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, vanishing Native American culture, proud rednecks intimidating African-Americans and Muslims, and climate-change deniers denigrating intellectuals. He reveals the hypocrisy of a nation where international aid organizations are well funded and $30 million is raised for a Catholic shrine in Wisconsin, yet devastated neighborhoods in Detroit and Chicago get nothing. His outlook may be bleak, but its hard not to share his incredulity at the levels of laughable self-delusion. For instance, a guide at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit disavows Fords anti-Semitism, saying, Here we talk only about positive stuff, not about problems. Brutal, irreverent, and cutting, Tenenboms riveting book aims to disrupt American complacency. For those willing to look at America from an outsiders perspective, Tenenbom is a sobering guide. - Publisher's Weekly STAR Review, Jan 2017

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