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An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems Hardcover – November 20, 2007

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In this appraisal of America's woes, conservative TV and talk-radio host Beck (The Real America) lays lighthearted siege to everything that makes the world worse. [P]olitical correctness is the biggest threat this nation faces today, he declares, as it makes us prey for Islamic fundamentalists, renders taboo the roots of our economic troubles (poor people are, in fact, lazy, he argues) and creates rampant distortion in the media. Beck goes paragraph for paragraph with global-warming alarmist Al Gore, merrily slaughtering the sacred cows of the environmentalist crowd. Not sated by the hide of the former vice president, he goes after everything and everyone from poverty to perverts, offering solutions to these and other problems (e.g., the key to success in the capitalist system is to believe in it). While often informative, as in his chapter on global warming, Beck is sometimes tedious, particularly when dealing with Islam and education (France is literally teetering on the edge, and our biggest ally, England, is about to be turned inside out as well). He's at his best when most absurd, and funniest when he's his own target (the father of four is little more than a flesh-and-bone jungle gym). This should make a good read for conservatives. (Nov.)
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"Glenn Beck is CNN's chief corporate-fascism advocate." -- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

"Finally! A guy who says what people who aren't thinking, are thinking." -- Jon Stewart

"Satan's mentally challenged younger brother." -- Stephen King

"There's something about him that suggests that, one night, he'll say something that will cost him his career...." -- Keith Olbermann

"Glenn Beck shouldn't be on [the air]." -- Al Franken --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; 1st Threshold Editions Hardcover Ed edition (November 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416552197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416552192
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (534 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glenn Beck, a nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze, is the author of thirteen #1 bestselling books. Beck is also the publisher of Mercury Ink, a publishing imprint (www.mercuryink.com) that, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster, released the #1 bestselling young adult series Michael Vey.

Glenn can be found on the web at www.glennbeck.com and www.theblaze.com.

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Let me say first that I'm not reviewing Glenn Beck's politics or his character. I think his radio show is great fun, and his life story is inspirational, but this book to me was ultimately disappointing.

Now, the full color printing and the little cartoon and blurb asides on most every page make for a very attractive and fun book to read. The extra cost and effort to produce stuff like this is not lost on me. This is likely the most attractive book by a political media pundit that I've ever seen.

The main problem is that this book is full of facts and figures, and many of them are unreferenced. For example, on page 7 the author writes that the increase in the amount of coal that China will burn will send as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 3 billion Ford Expeditions driven 15,000 miles a year.

That's funny, but where did he get this? Where's the little number that points to the notes at the end of the chapter, or the book, that tell me the source that he cited? I haven't found it yet.

Political media pundits are great for raising issues and directing our attention to things we may have never have though of before, but they are not primary sources of information, and they should not pretend to be.

So, I quote this figure above to one of my liberal acquaintances, and s/he says, "that's funny, where did you learn that?" And I say, "that new Glenn Beck book". And s/he says "ha ha ha ha ha". And I can't back up what I said. So much for the war of ideas.

So, full color printing and cartoons and little blurbs and all that fun stuff were not too inconvenient for this book, but rigerous referencing of the stats presented to make arguements apparently was too inconvenient for this book. Ann Coulter's writings may be caustic, even in the extreme, but at least she is careful to cite her sources. I wish this author would do the same.
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Glenn Beck does his readers a service by suggesting that we get to the facts behind all those opinions and assertions that bombard us daily . . . and the ones we hold that we haven't looked into in about 20 years. He is at his best when pointing out the weaknesses of polls, statistics, and arguments made to push certain political positions.

His idea of humor reminds me in places of the kind of outrageousness that was popular in high school for flaunting authority. The humor works best when he has a sound underpinning of a suggestion for a better idea (as he does in several cases). Otherwise, it's just blowing off steam (a rant, in other words). I find rants (even humorous ones) to be boring so they didn't work very well with me.

The parts of the humor that I found very effective were the moronic quotes of people who either didn't understand what they were saying or displayed hidden motives in public.

Where he gets into trouble is where he doesn't know enough to take a position apart but thinks he does. I admire him for trying, but arguments based on charts displaying correlations just don't prove anything unless you can also show a cause-and-effect relationship. I suggest he get some people to help him who can take the time to pull these issues apart at a little more fundamental level.

I would recommend that those who don't normally question their political beliefs take a look at this book. It's a template for how to check your own thinking by doing a little research . . . something we should all do more of.

I had never heard of Glenn Beck before reading his book so I didn't have a prior opinion of him as an on-air performer.

I also haven't seen An Inconvenient Truth, so I don't know how accurate his satire of Al Gore is.
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I will admit at the beginning that I am a fan of Glenn Beck's radio and TV shows, so some will dismiss this highly positive review of the book as ignorantly following Beck's lead. I assure you my review is based on what I read.

And what I read was highly entertaining, and informative.

On every page, there is at least one item that will make you laugh, whether it be a cartoon, a line of prose, or one of Glenn's "ADD Moments." The hard part was deciding whether to read the chapter or read the asides first!

All in all, it was highly refreshing, interesting, funny, challenging, and quick to read. Don't believe the 1-star reviews. Anybody can get something good from "An Inconvenient Book."
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Picking up this book will give the reader some quick impressions. The book's size and paper texture is more like a colorful high school text. Beck loves to ham up his image either in caricature or photograph, and he does his best to come across as the common sense sage dispensing wit and wisdom like the coverall-ed old codger does from the rocking chair of his front porch. He also seems to think that he possesses a fine sense of humor.

He makes a number of "confessions" in his tome, which give me the impression that he is a man who thinks he knows what he's talking about rather than one who does. He states often enough phrases like, "I'm no scientist, but...." or "Now, I'm no economist but I know the law of supply and demand," or "...the Frenchy-French school of economics," (which make me wonder if he has any credentials at all). Then, Glenn spills out his common sense for the reader to swallow. In fact he tells us that his education beyond high school consisted of going to the library to read about one topic, then returning to read about someone with a contrarian's view of the same. Beck proudly announces this as a qualification of some form of evenhandedness.

While I admit that I have respect for admission of alcoholism and his continuing recovery from it, it's hard not to be turned off by a man, whose evenhandedness and horse sense resulted in, by his own admission, firing someone for having handed him the wrong pen. He further reveals a lack of imagination in telling us, what is now ad nauseam, the conservative "needle's stuck" about Senator Byrd's membership in the Ku Klux Klan back in 1947.

All right, Glenn. We get it already. Give it a rest, will ya? Move on to Senator Craig and family values, or something.
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