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Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government | [Glenn Beck]

Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government

Idiots can't be identified through voting records, they can be found only by looking for people who hide behind stereotypes, embrace partisanship, and believe that bumper-sticker slogans are a substitute for common sense. If you know someone who fits the bill, then Arguing with Idiots will help you silence them once and for all with the ultimate weapon: the truth.
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It happens to all of us: You're minding your own business, when some idiot informs you that guns are evil, the Prius will save the planet, or the rich have to finally start paying their fair share of taxes.

Just go away! you think to yourself -- but they only become more obnoxious. Your heart rate quickens. You start to sweat. You can't get away. Your only hope is this book.

Glenn Beck, author of the number-one New York Times best sellers An Inconvenient Book and Glenn Beck's Common Sense, has stumbled upon the secret formula to winning arguments against people with big mouths but small minds: knowing the facts. And this book is full of them.

The next time your idiot friends tell you how gun control prevents gun violence, you'll tell them all about England's handgun ban. When they tell you that we should copy the UK's health care system, you'll recount the horrifying facts you heard here. And the next time an idiot tells you that vegetable prices will skyrocket without illegal workers, you'll stop saying "No, they won't" and you'll start saying, "actually, eliminating all illegal labor will cause us to spend just $8 a year more on produce."

Idiots can't be identified through voting records, they can be found only by looking for people who hide behind stereotypes, embrace partisanship, and believe that bumper-sticker slogans are a substitute for common sense. If you know someone who fits the bill, then Arguing with Idiots will help you silence them once and for all with the ultimate weapon: the truth.

©2009 Glenn Beck; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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    James Madison, MS, USA 10-27-09
    James Madison, MS, USA 10-27-09
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    "Good facts...average humor"

    Full of good facts, quotes, and ideas. But, Beck does make a good idiot...so, all in all, a good listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Bakersfield, CA, USA 02-01-10
    Dan Bakersfield, CA, USA 02-01-10
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    "Bofo Becko!"

    Love him or hate him, agree or disagree -- One thing you have to admit, Beck is entertaining, to the max. This was an absolutely GREAT listen! I liked it so much I may even buy the book so I can savor it in written form. I especially recommend this book to those of progressive proclivity. It will drive them nuts! BWAHAAAA!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    "I am no idiot"

    This book was great -- enjoyable "read". It really gave me an appreciation for our American history and our American way of life. I never want to loose what I have -- even if we have to put up with idiots who don't believe in the Constitution and the real freedoms it provides us.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anna KELLER, TX, United States 04-04-11
    Anna KELLER, TX, United States 04-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome!"

    This audio book was great! I own the actual book and was curious how this would be done in an audio version but I loved it and found it both insightful and hilarious! That Beck can both laugh at himself and the world and not lose his perspective is what makes him so enjoyable! I laughed out loud listening to this book and plan to do it again!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TX Home Cook 01-14-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved it!"

    I'm a listener to Beck's radio show, but wasn't sure about a book (audio or not). I was pleasantly suprised. I loved it. I've listened through it once and expect to give it a second listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeri Vale, NC, USA 03-13-10
    Jeri Vale, NC, USA 03-13-10
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    "The Struggle Against Idiocy"

    Glenn Beck's appeal is in the conversational style that invites the interjection of his self depreciating remarks and cutting comments. It's amazing that the book is as intelligible as it is entertaining and thought provoking considering the form it's written in. Thanks, Glenn for the great listen and history lesson found within this audio book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert San Jose, CA, United States 08-17-12
    Robert San Jose, CA, United States 08-17-12
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    "well done Beck!!!"
    Where does Arguing with Idiots rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite audio books to listen to. It is not only entertaining, but informative.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Everything in the book is backed up with facts! Not just opinions, but real facts that can’t be argued with.


    Any additional comments?

    It’s hard to argue with people who are emotionally connected to their political views, and in a way I guess we all are to a point. This book gives you strong facts to defend yourself; even then, it’s hard to make them listen. This is well put together, and narrated. I have listen to this book about a dozen times and still enjoy it.

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    Shawn lincoln, NE, USA 01-03-10
    Shawn lincoln, NE, USA 01-03-10
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    "Fantastic"

    This man is so entirely misunderstood by the main stream media.I challenge anyone liberal, conservative,republican, democrat to give this a read listen whatever. If by the end of this book you're still convinced that Joy ,whoopi, Oprah are on the right side then you my friend should probably go out and get yourself a lobotomy because you're already brain dead.

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    John J. Fitzmaurice 11-11-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Annoying "idiot voice""

    Be warned:
    Whether you agree or disagree with Glenn Beck's political leanings (I had no idea who he was until I started to listen to this book.) the falsetto voice he puts on for the "idiot" is too annoying to listen to for more than 2 minutes. It's way over the top and takes away from the content.
    I can not listen to one more minute of this recording.
    Maybe the book would be better. It's too late for me though. If I tried to read the book, I think I would hear his voice. (shudder)
    Mr. Beck, it worked for Pee-Wee Herman. It doesn't work for you.

    12 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Tustin, CA, USA 12-06-09
    Robert Tustin, CA, USA 12-06-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Arguing with Idiots (Unabridged)"

    This book provides detailed examples of how past situations have been handled and what took place.
    I found this book to be funny and full of information that is easily understood, easily fact-checked. I found the book easy to read. I liked the attention to detail. Don't forget Glenn Beck is also a comedian and it show in this book. Conservatives will love it while the left liberal will not.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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