"If you believe it's time to put principles above parties, character above campaign promises, and Common Sense above all - then I ask you to read this book...."
In any era, great Americans inspire us to reach our full potential. They know with conviction what they believe within themselves. They understand that all actions have consequences. And they find commonsense solutions to the nation's problems.
One such American, Thomas Paine, was an ordinary man who changed the course of history by penning Common Sense, the concise 1776 masterpiece in which, through extraordinarily straightforward and indisputable arguments, he encouraged his fellow citizens to take control of America's future -- and, ultimately, her freedom.
Nearly two and a half centuries later, those very freedoms once again hang in the balance. And now, Glenn Beck revisits Paine's powerful treatise with one purpose: to galvanize Americans to see past government's easy solutions, two-part monopoly, and illogical methods, and take back our great country.
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Before hearing this book, I thought Glenn Beck was a different kind of conservative -- a more enlightened one who had left behind the baggage of intolerance. Indeed, in the first half of the book, he demonstrates a remarkably concise grasp of the root causes behind America's current crises. Like me, he hails individual freedom as the consummate value underpinning the greatness of our country.
But then, in a disappointing turn typical of contemporary conservatism, he enshrines two of freedom's nemeses, religion (You gotta have God) and immigration intolerance (We need a big fence around the U.S.), as being somehow consistent with the concept of individual freedom. That did it for me. I couldn't finish the book.
While I generally prefer author narration, Mr. Beck can become excited, noisy, and irritating when trying to make a critical point. To me, this was distracting.
IF I COULD GIVE THIS 10 STARS, I WOULD. I was skeptical about Glenn Beck in the beginning, but he just gets smarter and smarter, or am I just beginning to catch on. This is a must read for anyone who loves America. I love my country and we're going to take it back!!!! Thanks Glenn for taking the lead. We need to STAND UP AMERICA! IT'S WORTH THE FIGHT AND I'M WITH YOU!!!!! THANKS FOR A REALLY GREAT BOOK!
the easy to understand way of stating things
the Original Common Sense whiich was there too!
you feel the emotion and emphasis
Stop Being Dumb, Use Common Sense
Sorry Glenn, I love you but this book was boring. I am very conservative and agree with the ideas presented but there was too much fluff and not enough depth to make this a worthwhile or interesting listen.
Glenn Beck presents a hard-hitting, but absolutely accurate view of the problems that partisan politics have wrought in the past 50+ years. He asks the reader to declare his or her independence from the party-line vote and to research and choose candidates for what they stand for and how their past record indicates they truly lean. By doing so, the independent voters become the most sought after demographic by both Republican and Democratic pundits. Then, the values of the working class American people will finally be recognized. Beck has his finger on the pulse of the current political and cultural scene. A great read and some excellent points on the failure of our public school system to teach the "real" history that is so conveniently left out of our school books these days - and how that has affected our culture!
this is not a one sided book based on political views but a road map to what is currently happening to our country and what we can do to keep it the greatest nation on earth
What a joke this book and Glen Beck are, all this book consists of is Glen Beck whining about problems that anyone who follows the current political state of the country is already aware of. It might as well be called "average joe's common sense" because it presents the same complaints that millions of Americans do without giving any solution to the problems facing America. I could do that, you could that, hell anyone can do that. Except we're not tv personalities. What are his solutions to the problems? They're not to be found in this book. just whining and whining and more whining. I could have recorded any number of conversations with my friends and have gotten the same result. Thomas Payne's Common Sense presented his political theories and backed them up with logic and fact. Beck gives you the problems and then nothing. The only saving grace is that you get Thomas Payne's Common Sense along with Glen Beck's, which is the only reason I gave one star. I haven't read it since my school days and now years later I found it so incredibly powerful, profound, and inspiring. It is the book that started a revolution. Glen Beck's just made him allot of money.
I believe a LOT of politicians will resent this book. Like the original by Thomas Paine, the book lays out the abuses we have suffered under the guise of the pols "serving" the elected. They forget who works for whom. Though I am sure it will be attacked as "anti-Obama", it is just as much a book about the Republicans who have placed a burden of laws upon us that they are not subject to.
Please read this book, if you want to see true Hope and Change in the USA.
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