It's a quick read, if that helps. Also entertaining. It isn't the best book I have read, probably give it 3.5 or 4 stars, but for a first book not bad. Reminds me of reading Dan Brown with the theme and pacing, just replace religion and art with politics and history.
As I browse the internet, when I read generalized negative comments against liberals, I always wonder what the writer would use as a definition of a "liberal". I would love to find out if I fit the category, so I can determine if I'm being insulted or not:-) I look at each issue individually, so I don't tend to fit well into either of the dominant parties. However, as a scientist and earnest environmentalist, I tend to disagree with several right wing positions, e.g. those relative to denying the separation of church and state, as well as anything that appears anti-science. Would the Mysterious Traveler care to define liberal? I suspect that someone who calls himself liberal would have a different definition from someone who claims things such as "Libs live in terror that someone somewhere is having a free thought" etcetera, etcetera. (By that particular criterion, I guess I don't fit into the MT's definition of "liberal":-)
The Overton Window deals with a very real process that is used more or less successfully by politicians the world over. It is also understood by anyone whose lively hood depends on molding public opinion. The American people and probably voters in democracies the world over are more likely to vote for "promisers" than "doers". It is easier because promises are easy to understand while the details of something that needs to be done is full of complexities and contradictions. For most people it simply isn't worth the effort to go to the trouble to understand what is going on. Politicians are aware of this and realize that telling a good story is much more important than achieving tangible results. The biggest threat to liberty is apathy and there are those seeking power know how to take advantage of this fact. Becks book explores this phenomena and describes how issues can be framed to assure an emotional rather than a rational response from voters. The fact that this ability reveals that the skills required to get elected are antithetical to those necessary to do the job is lost on most of the electorate. Recognition of this fundamental reality just requires far to much thought and, in many cases, an abandonment of personal convictions and prejudices. The more you trust in politicians the more rapidly you cast away your personal liberty. The end result is closet slavery. This is the most insidious form of servitude for the slave is willingly and sometimes enthusiastically blind to the chains that bind him. "The Overton Window" is not the best thriller I have ever read but it is far from the worst. It's biggest recommendation I can make for the book is that it might make the reader look at the news and politicians a bit differently and questioning those in authority is never a bad thing.