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The Overton Window [Kindle Edition]

Glenn Beck
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Book Description

A plan to destroy America, a hundred years in the making, is about to be unleashed . . . can it be stopped?

There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

For Noah Gardner, a twentysomething public relations executive, it’s safe to say that political theory is the furthest thing from his mind. Smart, single, handsome, and insulated from the world’s problems by the wealth and power of his father, Noah is far more concerned about the future of his social life than the future of his country.

But all of that changes when Noah meets Molly Ross, a woman who is consumed by the knowledge that the America we know is about to be lost forever. She and her group of patriots have vowed to remember the past and fight for the future—but Noah, convinced they’re just misguided conspiracy-theorists, isn’t interested in lending his considerable skills to their cause.

And then the world changes.

An unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to the core and puts into motion a frightening plan, decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way. Amidst the chaos, many don’t know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact—or, more important, which side to fight for.

But for Noah, the choice is clear: Exposing the plan, and revealing the conspirators behind it, is the only way to save both the woman he loves and the individual freedoms he once took for granted.

After five back-to-back #1 New York Times bestsellers, national radio and Fox News television host Glenn Beck has delivered a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that seamlessly weaves together American history, frightening facts about our present condition, and a heart-stopping plot. The Overton Window will educate, enlighten, and, most important, entertain—with twists and revelations
no one will see coming.


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“From the moment you open Glenn Beck's The Overton Window, you are looking through his eyes -- and like the best thriller writers out there, Glenn knows that the very best way to scare us is to show us what can really happen. Get ready to sleep with the lights on. This is the one. You'll never look at history the same way again.” –#1 NYT bestselling author Brad Meltzer

About the Author

GLENN BECK is a nationally syndicated radio host, founder of GBTV, and the author of nine national bestselling books, seven of which reached the #1 position on the New York Times list: The Original Argument; Arguing with Idiots; Glenn Beck’s Common Sense; An Inconvenient Book; the novels The Overton Window and The Christmas Sweater; and the children’s book, The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book. His new holiday novel, The Snow Angel, is available in hardcover from Threshold Editions. Visit www.glennbeck.com.

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  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; Reprint edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LL2Z4Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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185 of 200 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great July 8, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am conservative, but not a major Glenn Beck fan. I figured the book would have a lot of conservative political doctrine in it, and it did. For about the first half of the book, I would have given it 2-3 stars. The attraction between Molly and Noah seemed a bit contrived and the plot seemed to be kind of meandering. I was worried it was going to be a weak book that was just written as a vehicle to preach politics.

However, about half way through (and I will not give away any spoilers) Beck starts to put the first half of the book together in a way that made me understand what he was doing. It really starts to get good. The last half was a complete page turner for me.

Also, make sure to read the afterward at the end of the book. It was interesting to know how much fact was in the book. He also discusses how facts can be twisted (even by conservatives). IE, not all the conservative spiels in the book are what Glenn himself believes.

Overall, I was very happy I read it.
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881 of 1,086 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Review of the BOOK not the MAN June 17, 2010
Format:Hardcover
I am writing this review, because every review on here seems to be about the author and his biases and not about the BOOK itself. Let me first say that I am an avid reader. I read everything from Stephenie Meyer to Bertrand Russell, Chuck Palahniuk to Freakonomics. I read 3-5 books per week, fiction and non-fiction alike.

I knew very little about Glenn Beck before I purchased this book. Of course I had heard his name, and that he was a radio personality, but that's about it. I read a little about him before beginning the book, learning that he is a "conservative libertarian." With that being said, it didn't really matter to me, a good book is a good book, no matter the political implications or insinuations.

About the book: The plot was weak, it could have used a lot less quoting and preaching and a lot more character development and background. I found myself being thrown into a whole lot of speeches and little narrative or story development.

The original character descriptions were good, but I found myself wanting to know more about them, who they were really, where they came from, and what they were thinking. The protagonist of this story was the only character that was explored deeper than a name, physical description, and a little about their backgrounds. I wanted to know more about them ESPECIALLY what they were thinking.

The writing was a little below average. Mr. Beck just isn't that good of a story teller, I found myself drifting through the quotes and preaching, wanting them to be over so the story could continue...which it never really did. There was never a climax in the story, and the ending left a lot to be desired.

You would have expected to learn a lot more of the elder Mr.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Political? Certainly. Great Read? Yes! November 14, 2010
By C. Paul
Format:Hardcover
Not particularly liking or disliking Mr. Beck, I took a copy of this book from a co-worker with some reluctance, and it sat on my desk for several days before a trip caused me to pick it up for airplane reading. About 25 pages into the book I was hooked and finished it in a few short days. It is a great story. It is very well written. It is thought provoking. It is full of interesting facts and observations. And contrary to expectations, it is not a bashing of Democrats or a celebration of Republicans. Yes, there are political overtones but these can be dismissed, or considered, as the reader desires since this is just a great story.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
A thinking person's philosophical thriller that went flat.
Glen Beck's new literary work is a thinking person's political thriller that went flat. Not to denigrate my favorite novel of all time, but Glen Beck's Overton Window is Atlas Shrugged "extremely lite". Mr. Beck attempts to coalesce his political philosophy around the conflicted world of the protagonist Noah Gardner and his "originalist" girl friend Molly Ross. The story starts strong but soon spins out of control as Mr. Beck tries to cover too much complex political philosophy in too few pages. The basic thesis is good, self-centered naive son of tyrannical self-possessed father meets political purist young woman and falls in love. But then the story begins to fall flat, as Mr. Beck injects his political views-much of which I agree with-without proper foundation. Still I found myself ambivalent of the Overton Window. I liked the message just not so much the vehicle.

What is The Overton Window? In Mr. Beck's words, "....it's a way of describing what the public is currently ready to accept on an issue, so you can decide how best to move them toward what you want." At any given moment the "window" includes a range of policies considered to be politically acceptable in the current climate of public opinion, with "acceptable" defined as something a politician can recommend without being considered too "extreme" or outside the mainstream to gain or keep public office. From this concept, Mr. Beck extrapolates his story using the age old battle of good versus evil in the political world of America today. Good being the "original intent" of the Founders, versus the bad being the current move today toward bigger, more intrusive "nanny" government. This is where Mr. Beck' story breaks down into superficiality.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good reading from Glenn Beck. I moved swiftly and makes a person think. Look forward to another of his books.
Published 2 days ago by Arlie Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars The Overton Window
It wasn't as good as some books but I found it interesting from Glenn's point of view. It was exciting.
Published 7 days ago by Susan Zook
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading and gives you a lot to think about.
It opened my eyes to reality. Although it is fiction; it fits the current events , The sad part is that it is becoming a reality.
Published 11 days ago by Elaine Puffpaff
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great book!
Glenn Beck writes this so well, it seems real. The story grabs you from the beginning and sends you on a scary ride.
Published 12 days ago by Marcus Karolina
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
It was a great Read. You might want to read the The Eye of Moloch after this book. The two books together was a enjoyable read.
Published 15 days ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
We'll written and well stated. It's is very good example of using the extreme to demonstrate a point. Best part is that it's a great read while doing it.
Published 22 days ago by Adam Huddleston
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it
do NOT!!!!!!! like writing reviews so next time I will only give you one star for the trouble you put me through
Published 24 days ago by Barbara Jean Young
5.0 out of 5 stars one of glenn's best books!!
when i started reading this i couldn't put it down! a huge thriller and eye opener! i would highly recommend! great price and fast shipping!
Published 28 days ago by CMM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Another home run by Glenn Beck. I have not read a bad book from him and always love the history he puts into his books.
Published 1 month ago by Jody Kirk
3.0 out of 5 stars The Overton Window
It was good to read some of GB's investigative discoveries in the form of a novel. However, it didn't have the adrenaline-pumping parts that I enjoy in other intrigue novels based... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gail thompson
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More About the Author

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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Stop the madness!
Bravo, Zachary! My thoughts exactly. Left or right, it shows the ignorance of some that they cannot even refrain from posting a hateful post for a work of FICTION that they haven't even read. Get a life, people! Believe it or not, it is OK to have differing points of view and God forbid,... Read more
Jun 4, 2010 by H. N. JOHNSON |  See all 36 posts
Glenn Beck say it louder.
He is not a racist, nor a bigot, as a matter of fact he supports the rights of all people regaurdless of color, religon, or anything else..... It is a shame you make outlandish statements and regurgitate that which the extreme left has told you without doing your own reasearch.. Prove to me he... Read more
Jun 18, 2010 by S. Ewer |  See all 34 posts
Glenn Beck is in on this conspiracy
"Nice going, ya brownshirt. Or should I call you Stalin? Hitler? Mao? Chavez? Castro? Kim Jong Il?"

Erm... You can't call someone a brownshirt and reference Hitler while including a bunch of Communist leaders - the two are mutually exclusive. Anyone who has studied even the slightest... Read more
Aug 4, 2010 by Raspywolf |  See all 31 posts
Reeks of bargain bin.
Judging a book by it's cover? You should read up on how those thrift store book purchases work. Take it from someone in the industry, bargain bins are necessary, and not any indication of whether a book is good or not. Rarely do bestsellers wind up there, but it's nothing to be ashamed of from... Read more
Jul 5, 2010 by Amazon Customer |  See all 4 posts
Beck's an Overton Window Master
Well, he doesn't define all liberals as socialists, and he has explained many times the difference between communism and fascism so I don't see your point. Stop listening to what the liberal media says about what Glenn says. Go to the source.
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