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Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine Paperback – June 16, 2009

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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • 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 (1,320 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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He's way out there for some, but he does put forth some interesting things to at least think about. I do believe our government overspends, and unlike me, they can get away with it. I gave it 3 stars because I mostly take what talking heads on the TV say with a grain of salt. I just don't put too much credence into one person's ideas.
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This is an awesome reflection of how Glenn Beck sees "Common Sense" in today's society, & after listening to this audiobook, I can see how he sees very little common sense in our government. It was a fantastic "listen" & I cannot wait until part 2 comes out as I heard it's in the making!!
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Glenn makes the case that our government has become completely insane on both sides..... Eye opening facts. A "should read" that will wake up any of us constituents in either party. I bought several copies to hand out to family and friends...
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I watch Glenn Beck's 5 p.m. show and enjoy his books very much. He really has a handle on what's going on in the world. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to understand what's going on in our country.
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I enjoyed reading Glenn Beck's Common Sense, however, the ending chapter became confusing, also, it was lengthy in order to prove a point of fact. Otherwise it was knowledgeable,informative and enjoyable.
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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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