- 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
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,321 customer reviews)
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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
So, Beck brings these horrors to our attention. Well and good. What are we to do about it? I expected and wanted him to urge us to chain ourselves to the gates of the city in protest, for each of us to raise one thousand dollars to devote to political activities, to march in the streets and to pamphlet cars stalled on the free way. Nope. Beyond some pap about everyone being better humans he gets us revved up for revolt and then leaves us hanging.
Friends, fellow believers and those scarred to death at the direction of our nation, we are well beyond the stage of yapping about our problems. We need to get busy and begin to solve them. Action, action, action.
Beck gives us no solutions, only disjointed lists of problems.
I paid $2 plus tax for about 25 cents worth of content. All this book does is discuss problems in a manner that you can see in just about any yahoo comment section tailing any article on politics. It identifies problems that the vast majority of the public is already well aware of, follows each of them up with rhetorical questions and then offers either no solution or vague speculation. I got to about Page 50 before I got tired of the repetitive "Wake up, America!" and "Now is the time to take action!" blather.
Again, I don't disagree with the issues that the book addresses. However, I bought the book because I was interested in reading Beck's opinion on what would resolve the problems. It was sorely disappointing.
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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. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mack Hurt