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Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government | [Glenn Beck]

Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government

Glen Beck, the number-one New York Times best-selling author and popular radio and television host, revisits Thomas Paine's Common Sense 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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Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best-selling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck revisits Thomas Paine's Common Sense.

"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.

©2009 Mercury Radio Arts; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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    Raymond Mt Airy, NC, USA 06-25-09
    Raymond Mt Airy, NC, USA 06-25-09
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    "Excellent"

    Wake up America, NOW! Listen to this and share the book with anyone who will listen, then pass it on.

    23 of 67 people found this review helpful
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    Julio L. Garcia MD 02-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    What made the experience of listening to Glenn Beck's Common Sense the most enjoyable?

    the easy to understand way of stating things


    What other book might you compare Glenn Beck's Common Sense to and why?

    the Original Common Sense whiich was there too!


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

    you feel the emotion and emphasis


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

    Stop Being Dumb, Use Common Sense


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul New Bern, NC, USA 10-18-09
    Paul New Bern, NC, USA 10-18-09
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    "Great"

    Regardless of your political persuasion this is a must read. I thought I understood Beck, but now I truly respect him.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Waianae, HI, USA 06-25-09
    Dawn Waianae, HI, USA 06-25-09 Member Since 2009
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    "THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN A LOOONG TIME!"

    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!

    21 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    Michael J Lopato 11-18-09 Member Since 2006
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    "whine, whine, and more whine"

    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.

    6 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    H. Carlton Eddyville, KY 09-13-09
    H. Carlton Eddyville, KY 09-13-09 Listener Since 2004
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    "Beck makes good sense, I wish it were more common"

    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!

    8 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry bakersfield, CA, USA 07-11-09
    Jerry bakersfield, CA, USA 07-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "must read"

    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

    6 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Newark, DE, USA 08-07-09
    Brian Newark, DE, USA 08-07-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Required reading for Americans"

    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.

    6 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Golden Valley, AZ, USA 07-07-09
    Joseph Golden Valley, AZ, USA 07-07-09
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    "Must Read!"

    Parts of the book make you say "hmmmmm" after you read it. Other parts will make blood shoot out of your eyes(as GB has often said). Read it and learn something about "OUR" government.

    5 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Jake Alpharetta, GA, United States 09-13-09
    Jake Alpharetta, GA, United States 09-13-09 Member Since 2008
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    "This book just makes sense"

    Most of the time, I agree with Glen Beck's philosophy. His arguments here are so compelling that it angers you, even if (and maybe especially if) you agree with him. I don't know if anyone could narrate this other than the author, and still have the passion that he obviously has and imparts. I was also surprised that a little more than halfway through his book ended. Then began a reading of the original by Thomas Paine. Though the language is hard to get used to at first, his arguments are just as compelling and give a great view of the historical setting at the time.

    3 of 22 people found this review helpful
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