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Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network, is a thirteen-time #1 bestselling author and is one of the few authors in history to have had #1 national bestsellers in the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s picture book genres. His recent fiction works include the thrillers Agenda 21, The Overton Window, and its sequel, The Eye of Moloch; his many nonfiction titles include Conform, Miracles and Massacres, Control, and Being George Washington. For more information about Glenn Beck, his books, and TheBlaze TV network, visit GlennBeck.com and TheBlaze.com.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439168571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439168578
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,311 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,326 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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I am one of those who doesnt watch Glenn Beck much, particularly now that he doesnt have his FOX show anymore (not that I ever did), dont really consume much of his new product much either, but in general I believe Beck is consistently more right than wrong.

So like a lot of folks I was very interested to read this book. I think I was about to page 10 when I started to tire of what amounts to disorganized rambling with little relation to Paine's Common Sense. I soldiered on and read about half of it when I finally could read no more and put it down. It isn't that the ideas are worthless, it's that as a piece of communication it fails miserably. I think a better book editor (if there was one in the first place) would have done wonders. The chapters don't seem to be founded on organizing principles. It was like trying to get in the mind of a crazy man. I hate to say it but in my mind I am thinking Composition 101 should be taken again.

He made the further mistake of including Paine's actual treatise in the Appendix. The writers of Paine's day had a brilliant command of the language, so most modern literature doesnt measure up, but to put this up against what I think even for Beck was phoned in makes Beck suffer greatly in the comparison. I think if one is going to try to bask in the reputation of one of our greatest historical figures by naming ones book with the same title, then they had better put out a better product than this one. I actually gave my copy away.
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This book helps explain how the government REALLY operates. Our representatives are for themselves and getting re-elected.
It has further sparked me to write & call my representatives and express my feelings on new and existing legislation.
I recommend reading Glenn's "CONTROL", Exposing the truth about guns.
After reading these two books I can see how corrupt our elected officials can be. Mostly are.
God Bless America!
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As a fan on Thomas Paine (especially Common Sense and Age of Reason), I was very much excited to read Beck's book. After the first few chapters, I realized there is almost NO connection at all to Paine's work. It seems that it is more of marketing ploy to attach one's name to Paine and use a famous title of Paine's work that inspired a nation, to generate book sales. That initial frustration got me off to a bad start. That is of course in no way reflects Beck's view or his writing. However, I was "fooled" thinking this was a revisit of that classic work "Common Sense" to modern times. Unfortunately the book, other than title, has little if any connection to Paine's work.

Ironically - for those unfamiliar to Paine's work, but a fan of Becks - I wonder how they would find Paine's "Age of Reason" - it would almost stand to reason that he would lose half (if not more) of his supporters if he visited "Age of Reason" - he might even lose his show on Fox. Note any reference to that work is completely devoid in this book (which is a shame - if it where REALLY a tribute or inspiration of Paine - which I begin to wonder.)

However, are we to judge or compare Paine to Beck? Of course not and this certainly is NOT even close to measuring up to any of Paine's works. But the question is it worth the read?

Beck's writing is very weak and many cases repetitive. Not able to grasp tangible arguments he sometimes ventures down ad hominem methods - which lower the value of his arguments. It is important to note that regardless if I agree or disagree with some of this points, his methods and suspicions are conjecture and rudimentary. The connections to past affiliations can lead to suspicion, but certainly does not make the case.
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It is a good book to read. It reiews the original foundation of the United States goverment in the Articles of confederation.
If you interested in politics, you will throughly enjoy this book.
I recommend it.
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All of Glenn Beck's books have been very down to earth and full of information about what is going on in our country. This was an excellent example of his wisdom.
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This is a great book! I'm working hard on learning more of our nation's history so that I can help be the change that needs to take place in our country. This is not only history but presents present day problems in a way that I hope people will read, take to heart and start working to restore our nation. Would reccomend it to everyone who wants an honest look at the problems we face today and offers a clear solution to the road ahead out of this mess.
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I agree with the basic libertarian message of this book and I do enjoy the current information he provides on how politicians are basically ruining our nation with their pork spending and SELF entitlement programs. But Revolution by Ron Paul achieves the same in a much more sophisticated and aggressive manner.

I do believe that Beck's pacifist spin at the beginning of the book is also a bit too much (he doesn't need to convince everyone about his good intentions, since ANY book can theoretical incite violence and you would have a right to write it anyway in a 'free country').

If we should see it as a manifesto that somehow compares to the original one from Thomas Paine (Beck's laudable intention), it indeed falls a short (which I bet that he honestly can admit).

Nonetheless, I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with the intention of the book, and if you are new to political thought and are just finding out that all governments are sleazy (wow if you do!), then this work is for you. If you are, on the other hand, a seasoned student of political theory, and have also a copy of Revolution by Ron Paul (which is also a very basic book but much better), then you can skip Beck and still fight for the same principles (with a bit more information).

In the end, I do hope this book continues on the top, since the basic ideals of Beck are better than the ones any politicians advocates in Washington.
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