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Miracles and Massacres: True and Untold Stories of the Making of America | [Glenn Beck]

Miracles and Massacres: True and Untold Stories of the Making of America

History is about so much more than memorizing facts. It is, as more than half of the word suggests, about the story. And, told in the right way, it is the greatest one ever written: Good and evil, triumph and tragedy, despicable acts of barbarism and courageous acts of heroism.The things you've never learned about our past will shock you. For example, the reason why gun control is so important to government elites can be found in a story about Athens. Not the city in ancient Greece, but the one in 1946 Tennessee.
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Publisher's Summary

Thomas Edison was a bad guy and bad guys usually lose in the end.

World War II radio host Tokyo Rose was branded as a traitor by the U.S. government and served time in prison. In reality, she was a hero to many.

Twenty U.S. soldiers received medals of honor at the Battle of Wounded Knee - yet it wasn't a battle at all; it was a massacre.

Paul Revere's midnight ride was nothing compared to the ride made by a guy named Jack whom you've probably never heard of.

History is about so much more than memorizing facts. It is, as more than half of the word suggests, about the story. And, told in the right way, it is the greatest one ever written: Good and evil, triumph and tragedy, despicable acts of barbarism and courageous acts of heroism.

The things you've never learned about our past will shock you. The reason why gun control is so important to government elites can be found in a story about Athens that no one dares teach. Not the city in ancient Greece, but the one in 1946 Tennessee. The power of an individual who trusts his gut can be found in the story of the man who stopped the twentieth hijacker from being part of 9/11. And a lesson on what happens when an all-powerful president is in need of positive headlines is revealed in a story about eight saboteurs who invaded America during World War II.

Miracles and Massacres is history as you've never heard it told. It's incredible events that you never knew existed. And it's stories are so important and relevant to today that you won't have to ask, Why didn't they teach me this? You will instantly know. If the truth shall set you free, then your freedom begins on at the start of this audiobook. By the end, your understanding of the lies and half-truths you've been taught may change, but your perception of who we are as Americans and where our country is headed definitely will.

©2013 Mercury Radio Arts, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Donaldo Milton, NH, United States 02-23-14
    Donaldo Milton, NH, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2011

    Admirer of history and biographies.

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    Where does Miracles and Massacres rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the more engaging books I've listened to in awhile. If you're a listener that enjoys historical trivia in bite sized bits, then this book's for you.


    What about Ron McLarty and Glenn Beck ’s performance did you like?

    Overall, the character voices, the accents and, the general narration makes for pleasurable listening. I, however, found myself cringing every time McLarty read cavalry as Calvary (as so many other narrators do). Huge difference in the meaning of these two words, and the misuse is highly distracting.

    Glenn Beck is..., well Glenn Beck.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. But being able to listen to several complete stories any single sitting scratched that itch.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David corpus christi, TX, United States 02-20-14
    David corpus christi, TX, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2003
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    "One of Glenn's best works"

    If only we could teach all history like this book does. The whole world would be better off. It is the stories that draw us in and make history, OUR history more intimate in lieu a bunch of facts and date about old dead men

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen ENID, OK, United States 02-12-14
    Eileen ENID, OK, United States 02-12-14
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    "Great Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Miracles and Massacres to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version but I always prefer audible to reading the book if at all possible. I am reading a 700 page book right now and I wish that was on audible but it is not.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well there is more than one story. As the book states in it's title, "Miracles and Massacres." There were stories from the civil war to other stories about battles and massacres. If you are a history buff you will love the stories. The different stories were fascinating. I especially found myself caught up in one Indian Massacre. It was an extremely sad story about how the American Army massacred a Village of Indians and lied about the story to make the Army look good. I even found myself becoming angry during the story. This was a good book and I have much respect for Glen Beck just for writing it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I did not like the narrator at all. I got used to him towards the end of the book but his reading of the Civil War, and the parts that Massachusetts played in the war, was flat out hard to listen to. I feel that I even missed parts of the book because I was fussing in my mind about how I was going to listen to the whole book with this narrator. This could just be me though. I'd hate for people not to buy this great book because I didn't like the narrator. It's a good book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it was too long to listen to in one sitting. I listened in two parts. However, I prefer the longer books than the shorter books. I find my self looking for the longer books.


    Any additional comments?

    Glen Beck really knew his stuff. I love history, and I grew up in Massachusetts, so I loved hearing about that states part in the Civil War. I knew a lot about the civil war but I didn't know about some of the battles fought in Massachusetts. This book is a good teacher on different battles of any war that it discussed. Glen Beck must have researched a lot before publishing this book. I wonder where he got his information on one Indian massacre because it was a good story. This is a great book with interesting stories. If the book was read with another narrator it would be one awesome book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clay Windthorst, TX, United States 12-10-13
    Clay Windthorst, TX, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing Book - Must Read"
    If you could sum up Miracles and Massacres in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, Well Narrated, Thorough


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bill White - Battle of Athens
    If that chapter doesn't give you chills, check your pulse.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Glenn Beck ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Best Book by either


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Buckle up


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Ocoee, TN, United States 11-22-13
    Keith Ocoee, TN, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    What did you love best about Miracles and Massacres?

    Little known facts about history seldom taught. It shows the good, bad, and the ugly in American History.


    What did you like best about this story?

    History revealed as a drama.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Glenn Beck ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Holds one's interest.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Definitely tearful moments.


    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Lebanon, VA, United States 12-06-13
    Jeff Lebanon, VA, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    Written in a narrative that anyone can understand. I'm not a "drink the kool aid" type person but Beck makes his points profoundly and soundly. History, both good and bad, is a part of us as individuals and as a nation. It shows what BIG government is capable of and shows what someone with a moral center is as well. I highly suggest that you listen to this book.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Garden City, NY, United States 12-15-13
    Shannon Garden City, NY, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Retired Marine Chief Warrant Officer; just trying to heal up all that's been broken these last 22 years and enjoy my family and workshop.

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    "How history should be taught........."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would absolutely recommend this to friends who both believe in either the best or worst of America. This has both and is told in such a way that you pour straight through it. Tells the stories of both the greatest and darkest days of our nation. Will really need sequels or a genre built around this history telling. I really also think it has a place in telling the stories or teaching world history, science, philosophy, and the other humanities..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Miracles and Massacres?

    Battle of Wounded Knee........ It made me ashamed of our military leaders that at the time were wild men. To make maters worse they sent the same general to the Phillipines directly after, where he caused the same evil crimes.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Glenn Beck ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The is the easiest "non-fiction" to enjoy to date....... The Overton Window and The Eye of Moloch could be listened to side by side..... Still had a being George Washington to it some how also; which I loved reading, but couldn't listen to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    See Battle at Wounded Knee and the Real first fight/use of the second amendment in Massachusetts..


    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Payette, ID, United States 12-15-13
    Mark Payette, ID, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    If you could sum up Miracles and Massacres in three words, what would they be?

    Revealing


    What other book might you compare Miracles and Massacres to and why?

    Forgotten Man. Is similar to as the wake up call.


    What about Ron McLarty and Glenn Beck ’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Did So


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for yourself, your family, your friends, your country!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 12-17-13
    Amazon Customer Utah 12-17-13 Member Since 2009

    tired teacher

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    "Makes History Very Interesting"

    I think Beck has hit on a winning format for teaching the lessons of history. This book is highly enjoyable and informative. Although it took me a little while to get caught up in it, I ended up really looking forward to the next installment each time. This would be a good book to read with a child.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin Clarke Brisbane, Queensland Australia 07-23-14
    Gavin Clarke Brisbane, Queensland Australia 07-23-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Very educational and well written"
    What did you love best about Miracles and Massacres?

    I very much liked the way the writer outlined the chapters and the depth in which the stories were detailed


    What other book might you compare Miracles and Massacres to and why?

    Yes as I enjoyed his writing style


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoyed this book. The writer outlines twelve different historical events. While I am not American, many of the chapters were not new, and while some were very inspiring, some were terrible and thought provoking. It was a good listen and entertaining, especially as it was completely nonbiased politically.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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