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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; First Edition edition (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439168571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439168578
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network, is an eleven-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 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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Glenn Beck, a nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze, is the author of eleven #1 bestselling books: An Inconvenient Book, Glenn Beck's Common Sense, Arguing with Idiots, The Christmas Sweater and The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book, The Overton Window, Broke, The 7, The Original Argument, Cowards and Control. His other bestselling books include Miracles and Massacres, Agenda 21, The Real America, The Snow Angel and Being George Washington. 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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This is a very insightful and informative book.
L. Tinkham
Paine was a deist, like many of our Founding Fathers, not a Christian like Beck, and his deistic theology would be (and has been) labeled atheism by most Christians.
David Abraham
I bought the book and read it in just a few hours.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jakey D on December 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was very happy that I read this book. There is even an inserted original book by Thomas Paine, so you can order this one and read both in one. I read Paine book first, so I have both and they are amazing. I highly recommend getting this one, as oppose to both, since Glenn Beck includes the entire original "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine in this manuscript. Highly recommend it.

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24 of 35 people found the following review helpful By B. Wilfong on June 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
Having never read any of Mr. Beck's books before I did not know what I was in for. It was not what I expected it to be. I found the book to be largely nonpartisan, as Mr. Beck thinks the Democrats and the Republicans are obstacles to his Libertarian philosophies.
Beck is not a great writer, he is an average one, and I get the sense he is okay with that. This is not a text written on an inaccessible, philosophic level, and unlike some reviewers, I don't see that as a bad thing. It allows readers of different talents and abilities to participate in the debate he is engendering.
I follow politics closely, and Beck was still able to come up with some details and facts that I knew little or nothing about. The book is also well sourced, which is an asset. You can't say some of his arguments are wrong when he presents the proof.
The inclusion of Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" at the end of this text is this book's real strength. If I had ever read all of it before, I don't remember, and the ideas expressed by that great American over two centuries ago have some profound things to say to us yet. The prescience of "Common Sense" today is truly astounding. There are parts of it that could have been accurately written about this country yesterday. Regardless of your political stripes, you should be able to see the value and wisdom in Mr. Paine's "little pamphlet". If you don't, you are too far gone.
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452 of 671 people found the following review helpful By Prohobo on August 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on July 31, 2013
Format: Audio CD
In the fascinating audiobook, author and political thinker Glenn Beck makes a passionate plea for Americans to return to the political thinking that served as the very foundation of the country. He shows how the philosophical framework of the county came under assault from the Progressives during the early years of the twentieth century, and how that attack has gained ground until we find ourselves in the early part of the twenty first century with the very nature of the government being overturned. But, more than just a complaint about how things are - it's a plea to get involved, to take a stand for democracy and the simple citizen, and to take back the government that by rights belongs to we the people!

I must admit that I am not familiar with Glenn Beck. I have heard his name bandied about, but I have never watched his show. Well, perhaps I should tune it in! I found this audiobook to be well-thought out and well-reasoned, with his call to becoming more involved in the political process, while avoiding extra-legal action, being passionately pushed. Mr. Beck does his own reading, which is nice, and he does a good job of presenting his case.

So, if you are interested in the fate of our country, and are looking for a thought-provoking diagnosis of where we are, how we got here, and where we need to go, then this is the audiobook for you. I highly recommend it.
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