This novel is extremely well written and filled with tons of information about the "Myth, Power and Deception in American History". Napolitano starts off this great read by discussing the difference between truth and lies and introducting the "government is not your friend" theme. The titles of the chapters include "well-known government-generated myths" (XV) such as "all men are created equal", "every vote counts", "your body is your temple", "everyone is innoncent until proven quilty", "your boys are not going to be sent to any foreign wars", "the constitution applies in good times and in bad times", and many other lies we were all taught to believe at one point. Before even starting chapter one, Napolitano promises, with confidence, to hold him to all the themes of this book as he calls out the government on their lies that have destroyed thousands of lives, families, hopes, and dreams.
There are 17 chapters, and like I said before, the chapters are all dedicated to one basic lie the government tries to hide. Inside the chapters are facts, quotes, stories, cases, and mini chapters that further out the deception in the American government.
Some of the things I have read, I have been disgusted and appauled to know how the government cares for, abuses, and treats its people. Jose Padilla, an American citizen was detained under suspicion for planning to construct a "dirty bomb" and was completly isolated from any human for six years. When he was to be moved places in the prision, his eyes were covered, ears blocked, hands and fingers covered, and ankles bound together. When he finally met his attorney, he started blubbering and drooling like a baby. No wonder, seeing as he was completly forbidden to any human contact for six years.
In 2004, pictures were released of American military making Iraqis masturbate while they sexually assulted them with chemical light sticks. Pictures were also released of them standing over dead disfigured Iraqis laughing.
There are many things wrong with this world and in America, instead of trying to fix things, the government lies, spends millions of dollars trying to hide their lies, and then lies again, all the while assuring its people things are okay.
These lies start from the beginning of the American government and will probably never end, but Judge Napolitano had to finish this book sometime. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, as I am sure they will find it very well-written and shocking. I sure did! It is filled with many interesting facts and stories and I am glad I have read this novel as it had made me change my views on the American government completly.