"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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Avid history and fiction/non-fiction fan.
Placing all of the media-hype, talking head stuff aside, Glenn Beck's tirade does produce a few valid points. Fiscal conservatism, breaking the political duopoly in the U.S., and taking personal initiative for positive change are all valid contentions. I am afraid these could be the most noble points in modern discourse, but being tied to their author may keep them from being heard by many.
I consider myself a conservative so I thought I'd enjoy this book but found it overly simplistic and overly focused on what was percieved as big government asserting itself. It came across as paranoia rather than an objective view of ever expanding executive powers. Beck sees big government everywhere!
I love Glenn Beck's passion in this audiobook. He makes great points and if you agree with him or not you feel like he is speaking to you as an equal, not some uppity know-it-all.
He makes me think. I may not always agree, but he generally makes a lot of sense. You'll have to be a little to the right of center to listen to his ranting. But to me the best part of the audiobook was the reading of the original Common Sense by Thomas Payne.
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I was worried I may be getting into some Republican right wing book but it is not at all! He even calls for a 3rd party in parts of this book. I am so impressed with him. To be honest, Ron Paul has been teaching the same constitutional ideologies for years. Oh, and you get a free copy of Thomas Paine's book "Common Sense" inside! I had just bought that audio book and didn't know it was included.
I absolutely will recommend this book. It brings a "Common Sense" approach to a lot of our problems we face today, and fearfully face in the future.
Couldn't really pick any one, or two things.
No, but will.
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.
A must listen for anyone who cares about preserving our Constitution. If you believe in what our founding fathers wanted for our future we better wake up and start to fight for it. Our freedoms are gradually being taken over by big government on both sides of the political spectrum. It's no longer a democratric or republican party thing. It's both and all the lobbyists and corporate welfare, bailouts, handouts to those that feel the government is there to make sure they have food, housing, health care, etc. Cradle to grave care. No way.
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.
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