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The Overton Window | [Glenn Beck]

The Overton Window

A plan to destroy America, a hundred years in the making, is about to be unleashed. There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.
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A plan to destroy America, a hundred years in the making, is about to be unleashed...can it be stopped?

There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

For Noah Gardner, a 20-something public relations executive, it's safe to say that political theory is the furthest thing from his mind. Smart, single, handsome, and insulated from the world's problems by the wealth and power of his father, Noah is far more concerned about the future of his social life than the future of his country.

But all of that changes when Noah meets Molly Ross, a woman who is consumed by the knowledge that the America we know is about to be lost forever. She and her group of patriots have vowed to remember the past and fight for the future - but Noah, convinced they're just misguided conspiracy-theorists, isn't interested in lending his considerable skills to their cause.

And then the world changes.

An unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to the core and puts into motion a frightening plan, decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way. Amidst the chaos, many don't know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact - or, more important, which side to fight for.

But for Noah, the choice is clear: Exposing the plan, and revealing the conspirators behind it, is the only way to save both the woman he loves and the individual freedoms he once took for granted.

After five back-to-back number-one New York Times best sellers, national radio and Fox News television host Glenn Beck has delivered a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that seamlessly weaves together American history, frightening facts about our present condition, and a heart-stopping plot. The Overton Window will educate, enlighten, and, most important, entertain - with twists and revelations no one will see coming.

©2010 Glenn Beck (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

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    Byron Cedar City, UT, USA 06-19-12
    Byron Cedar City, UT, USA 06-19-12
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    "GREAT FICTION AND GREAT TRUTHS"

    Beck highlights how conspirators are trying to overthrow our freedom step by step over many years. Although it's a work of fiction it's an excellent example of how real life conspirators are actually working to overthrow the freedom of all nations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Medicine Hat, AB, Canada 04-30-12
    Terry Medicine Hat, AB, Canada 04-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Overton Window to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator did a brilliant job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found the way Glenn Beck used situations eerily similar to reality a clever method to provoke some serious thought on the history and course of real events.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last conversation Noah Gardner has with his father.


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

    Think Again


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    NICOLE 01-07-12
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    "Very Unexpected - Fabulous"
    What made the experience of listening to The Overton Window the most enjoyable?

    The combination of fact and fiction kept my attention throughout.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author (can you believe it was Glenn Beck) wove together the essentials of any good book, romance, intrigue and familial conflict. No humor, of course, but none was required.


    What about James Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I haven't heard this narrator before, so I was prepared to be put off, but another surprise, he was great. He seemed involved in the telling of the story and never sounded canned. Congrats to James Daniel!


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

    I should have cried, but it makes me stand a little straighter, take more seriously the small things I can do and to feel a little less helpless in this America that has already destroyed 70% of what I trusted and loved about our country.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Glenn for bringing to life the real potential if all Americans do not take more seriously their role in sustaining our Constitutional Rights. You are a God gifted man and a man given a mission for these times. You have brought it down to common man to really

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael West Paducah, KY, United States 11-29-11
    Michael West Paducah, KY, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Scary!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was well thought out. It was a good ride in the fictional mind of Glenn Beck.


    What does James Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James Daniels voice is easy to listen. He carried the conversations distinctly.


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

    Is it really fiction?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bret Omaha, NE, United States 06-22-10
    Bret Omaha, NE, United States 06-22-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent"

    Considering this is the first thriller by Glenn Beck and also factoring in just how many other mediums (Radio, Television and Non-Fiction Books) he occupies his time with I was highly impressed. I would have been impressed if he was merely a full-time author. It's a perfect well told story of a progressive movement to alter the very country.

    Only a couple complaints. I too was hoping to get more in-depth about what points in the book were based on fact. They glossed over this at the end and I was disappointed in that. Also, the book was far too short. I was left wanting more or at least even more resolution. So I hope there will be a follow-up in the works for The Overton Window.

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    Stephen 07-15-10
    Stephen 07-15-10
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    First let me say that I'm a Beck fan. That being said, the book was ok, but not great. He does provide a character with classic Beck views but he also provides antagonists that fight his programs. However, the plot line, nuclear explosion for political gain is not made believable in this story (may be more real in real life). The characters are not particularly likeable and the plot is often predictable. The ending is very unsatisfactory in that consequences or potential consequences are discussed or alluded to.

    In general, neither the story or the conclusion is well developed and makes the book average. There are much better political thrillers than this one (eg Vince Flynn).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    deborah hill 07-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Shallow Story Worn Plot"

    An interesting concept in search of a story. So the new attractive girlfriend channels the virtuous long deceased mother of a powerful man's only heir. Ho hum. Well written? Yes. An acre wide and an inch deep? Yes. Clearly this is the first in a series. Unfortunately this volume is a few chapters short of an acceptable conlusion.

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    Joseph 03-23-15
    Joseph 03-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    Loved this book. Very thought provoking. I fell in love with Molly too.

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    Scott 03-11-15
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    "Creatively Insightful!"

    As events today often appeared to be impossible not long ago, this book reveals how the changing public perception and acceptance can be influenced by manipulation. As one with a sales and marketing background, I found myself frequently nodding with understanding while listening to the audio version.

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    Joe 02-17-15
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    "Timely Explanation of Recent a Events"

    If one steps back from the obvious "conspiracy" nature of this, the book can be viewed as a metaphor encouraging us all to be diligent in insisting that our elected officials return to Founding Principles. If the American experiment fails, it is because "We the People" have forgotten that in America we are in charge-not the elected officials, not the bureaucrats, not the businesses. We must take back our power.

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