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An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems

An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems [Kindle Edition]

Glenn Beck , Kevin Balfe
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"Finally! A guy who says what people who aren't thinking, are thinking." -- Jon Stewart

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Have you ever wondered why some of the biggest problems we face, from illegal immigration to global warming to poverty, never seem to get fixed? The reason is simple: the solutions just aren't very convenient. Fortunately, radio and television host Glenn Beck doesn't care much about convenience; he cares about common sense.

Take the issue of poverty, for example. Over the last forty years, America's ten poorest cities all had one simple thing in common, but self-serving politicians will never tell you what that is (or explain how easy it would be to change): Glenn Beck will (see chapter 20).

Global warming is another issue that's ripe with lies and distortion. How many times have you heard that carbon dioxide is responsible for huge natural disasters that have killed millions of people? The truth is, it's actually the other way around: as CO2 has increased, deaths from extreme weather have decreased. Bet you'll never see that in an Al Gore slide show.

An Inconvenient Book contains hundreds of these same "why have I never heard that before?" types of facts that will leave you wondering how political correctness, special interests, and outright stupidity have gotten us so far away from the commonsense solutions this country was built on.

As the host of a nationally syndicated radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, and a prime-time television show on CNN Headline News, Glenn Beck combines a refreshing level of honesty with a biting sense of humor and a lot of research to find solutions that will open your eyes while entertaining you along the way.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3912 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (20 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Glenn Beck does his readers a service by suggesting that we get to the facts behind all those opinions and assertions that bombard us daily . . . and the ones we hold that we haven't looked into in about 20 years. He is at his best when pointing out the weaknesses of polls, statistics, and arguments made to push certain political positions.

His idea of humor reminds me in places of the kind of outrageousness that was popular in high school for flaunting authority. The humor works best when he has a sound underpinning of a suggestion for a better idea (as he does in several cases). Otherwise, it's just blowing off steam (a rant, in other words). I find rants (even humorous ones) to be boring so they didn't work very well with me.

The parts of the humor that I found very effective were the moronic quotes of people who either didn't understand what they were saying or displayed hidden motives in public.

Where he gets into trouble is where he doesn't know enough to take a position apart but thinks he does. I admire him for trying, but arguments based on charts displaying correlations just don't prove anything unless you can also show a cause-and-effect relationship. I suggest he get some people to help him who can take the time to pull these issues apart at a little more fundamental level.

I would recommend that those who don't normally question their political beliefs take a look at this book. It's a template for how to check your own thinking by doing a little research . . . something we should all do more of.

I had never heard of Glenn Beck before reading his book so I didn't have a prior opinion of him as an on-air performer.

I also haven't seen An Inconvenient Truth, so I don't know how accurate his satire of Al Gore is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Commonsense 31 Dec 2012
By Murrell
Obviously a wise and same author. I appreciated his candid honesty about his life's experiences. I could identify with a lot of his experiences and observations. A good Read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's more to Glenn Beck 26 Nov 2007
There are hundreds of interesting and intriguing facts that Beck has spread throughout the book, most of which will leave you stunned but some of which may leave you in awe. I like his writing style, it's informative and humorous. I found this book very interesting and well worth reading. In fact it showed a little more to Beck than you might get from radio or TV. I highly recommend it.
And for a good philosophy book I recommend 'Understanding: Train of Thought'.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Some reviewers of this book find it simplistic. One has to suppose that if one cuts through the "bull crap", to paraphrase Mr. Beck, that so many problems can be solved with plain ol' common sense. It seems to be human nature to put the worst spin on every situation, and so self hating Liberals thrive on blaming the world's ills on Western civilization. Mr. Beck merely points out that if the West would cease and desist with political correctness, then maybe the good that is inherent to our society would be able to trump all that troubling the world today. One can only wish that every Liberal who "can't bring himself to finish reading this book" would for once take a moment to consider another point of view, with an open mind.
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