Friday, July 24, 2009

Glenn Beck's Common Sense

Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Evolution of Thomas Paine's Revolution Glenn Beck's Common Sense by Glenn Beck

Book 16 of 50 for the New Author Challenge
Book 81 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not a Glenn Beck groupie, although I do occasionally tune into his show or check his Fox website. I agree with a lot of what he says, and he has a way of making me think about things in a new way that I like. He's a little bit much for me, if you know what I mean. But, when a friend recommended this book to me, I decided that reading Glenn Beck might be more relaxing than watching him.

I was wrong. This book got me fired up.

Currently, this book is the #1 paperback non-fiction book on the NYTimes Best-Seller list. I'm happy about that because I hope it furthers the discussion in this country about how we have been drifting away from the ideals of the Founding Fathers. And more importantly, what we should do about it.

Beck does not advocate that our problems would be solved by supporting one political party or the other. In fact, he spreads the blame around equally and suggests that we all register as independents. Beck really goes after those pushing the Progressive agenda on both sides of the aisle.

I read this book out loud to my husband during a long car trip. It's fairly short, very readable, and there is a lot to discuss. I made notes in the back of my copy as we thought of things that we can do as individuals, parents and a family to improve the political process and direction of the country.

There is definitely a Glenn Beck-intense feel about the book, and at times he got a little carried away. But, this book is great food for thought that I definitely recommend.


Melissa said...

Thanks for the review. I think I might pick this one up!

Rawley said...

I, too, read books aloud to my husband on car trips. (Sometimes whether he wants to listen or not.) Thanks for the review--I'll check it out before our road trip to the Keys.

Jeanette said...

I've got this one on hold at the library but I am pretty far back in the line. I think my husband might enjoy this but I'll have to check if there is an audio version. He listens to books during his long commutes.
I know who Glenn Beck is but have never seen his show (no cable) and always forget what local station carries his radio show.

BevE said...

I am not a Glen Beck fan but after reading your review I might pick this one up someday to have a look. Thanks for the great review : D

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