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Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure | [Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe]

Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure

In the words of Harvard economist Niall Ferguson, the United States is “an empire on the edge of chaos.” Why? Glenn Beck thinks the answer is pretty simple: Because we’ve turned our backs on the Constitution. Yes, our country is financially broke, but that’s just a side effect of our broken spirit, our broken faith in government, the broken promises by our leaders, and a broken political system that has centralized power at the expense of individual rights.
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Publisher's Summary

The facts.

The future.

The fight to fix America - before it's too late.

In the words of Harvard economist Niall Ferguson, the United States is “an empire on the edge of chaos.” Why? Glenn Beck thinks the answer is pretty simple: Because we’ve turned our backs on the Constitution.

Yes, our country is financially broke, but that’s just a side effect of our broken spirit, our broken faith in government, the broken promises by our leaders, and a broken political system that has centralized power at the expense of individual rights.

There is a lot of work ahead, but we can’t move forward until we first understand how we got here. Starting with the American Revolution, Glenn takes readers on an express train through 234 years of history, culminating with the Great Recession and the bipartisan recklessness of Presidents Bush and Obama. It’s the history lesson we all wished we’d had in school. (Did you know, for example, that FDR once made a key New Deal policy decision based on his lucky number?)

Along the way, you’ll see how everything you thought you knew about the political parties is a lie, how Democrats and Republicans alike used to fight for minimum government and maximum freedom, and how both parties have been taken over by a cancer called ��progressivism.” By the end, you’ll understand why no president, no congress and no court can fix this problem alone.

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    Antoine United States 08-24-12
    Antoine United States 08-24-12
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    What did you love best about Broke?

    I really loved how in the beginning of the book Beck talks about the Romans and there government. How the policies of finance lead to fall of a great empire. Then to detail the fiscal policy, in short, of each president from the first to the last; a great relation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Again, it was the beginning.


    Which character – as performed by Glenn Beck and Brian Sack – was your favorite?

    Glenn Beck. I love hearing him talk.


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

    This book definitely gave me a better insight to the polices of President and how debt really is crushing America.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 08-23-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 08-23-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "The hard truth"

    No one likes to hear the truth, especially from a polarizing figure like Glenn Beck, but here it is! The narration of this book is great. The facts presented are thought provoking and the conclusions and Mr Beck's ideas are sane and rational. But, we live in an insane, irrational world so good luck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    June Norfolk, VA, United States 05-05-12
    June Norfolk, VA, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Broke?

    This book gives a good over view of the mess we are in now and how be got here.


    Did Glenn Beck and Brian Sack do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes, their voices are not similar


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

    I found it informative. I already knew to cry, I work each day.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Anchorage, AK, United States 08-23-11
    Thomas Anchorage, AK, United States 08-23-11
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    "STUDY"

    This guy does not know economics or the history of economics. He needs to do a lot more studying on the subject before he writes or speaks on the subject.

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    family man Texas 02-12-11
    family man Texas 02-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Eye Opening"

    The book covers a ton of detail, and it explains just how far we have come. The entire system is unbelievably broken and is not what it is advertised or designed to be by our founding fathers. Very educational with great history lessons which are then brought forward to show their relevance and application today. Read it or continue to be quietly led to bankruptcy by our progressive system.

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    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 02-04-11
    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 02-04-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Throw the politicians out before it's too late!"

    Oops we already tried that.
    Great history and great recommendations about what to do from here.
    This is a very worthwhile read/listen. Given our political landscape and the calibre of our politicians and electorate I believe we have ten to twenty years before our currency collapses and/or we default. Our nation is on an unstoppable downward spiral. Nice job on the book though.

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    Douglas Tampa, FL, United States 12-24-10
    Douglas Tampa, FL, United States 12-24-10 Member Since 2004
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    "It's Okay"

    There are lots of historical references (I did not verify), but it seems some of the opinions expressed were a bit off the wall and incomplete. Being fiscally conservative and anti-big government, the book is a good read (listen) but doesn't ring well with the conclusions. Question government motivations and question the thought processes and conclusions of this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    billyjack NORWALK, CT, United States 03-05-11
    billyjack NORWALK, CT, United States 03-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Oh, yes we are..big time"

    the topics that Beck hits upon make you realize how close to the edge we are. enjoyed it, worth a listen.

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    Thomas T. Veldhouse Coon Rapids, MN United States 01-14-11
    Thomas T. Veldhouse Coon Rapids, MN United States 01-14-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Good information, but felt rushed."

    It seems like Glenn Beck is just writing books for the sake of it. This book is about a subject dear to my heart; fiscal responsibility of government! However, he cites a lot of good information, but he fails to follow through with practical incite, valuable analogies or metaphors and frankly he rambles from subject to subject and back again. This book is good enough to listen too and I am not sorry that I did, but if you have never listened to Glenn Beck before, don't start by reading/listening to this book. Frankly, I feel that he is starting to drift from reality as presented on his commentary program on FOX News and this book is his first book that is starting to reflect this. Glenn ... reel it in.

    Also, I like it when he reads his own books. He has a great voice [he is a radio announcer after all] and he has so little time that most of this book is read by Brian Sack [whose name should be listed first in "Narrated by"].

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    Dane 10-31-10
    Dane 10-31-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Finally book that has done the reasearch..."

    I loved this book. It really spelled it all out and did it in very logical arguments. The data is there. I know data can be manipulated to suit one's purposes but it seemed rather thorough. I enjoyed how Mr Beck didn't follow party lines all the time and outlined things that both republican and democrat presidents did wrong in bringing us to the brink of financial collapse. I enjoyed hearing the pep talk about how the federal government should not be telling us much of anything yet we seem to be complacent in letting them take all the power they want. I was also delighted to finally hear someone else bring up the constitutionality of property taxes. If you think about it, you can own your home but because you can never really own the land, you by default don't/can't own your home because it can be taken by the government for failure to pay your property tax. It is a crock. Anyway, I would encourage you to all read this book. It changed my views and opinions and it might open your eyes a little wider and light a small flame under your ???

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    Well written but far fetched argumentation – at least from a European perspektive. Religion is the start and the end of any discussion.

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