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Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine

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#1 New York Times bestselling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck revisits Thomas Paine's Common Sense.

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.

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Published June 16th 2009 by Threshold Editions (first published January 1st 2009)
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Seth Jenson
Oct 25, 2009 Seth Jenson rated it did not like it
I picked up Glenn Beck's book the order and started reading it the other day. Borrowed it from the in-laws. I really liked Glenn Beck at first. But, the more I listen to this guy, Glenn Beck that is, the less I like his style, and the less I trust him. I think some of his ideas are good but he's so sensational. He doesn't provide evidence and real life examples to support a lot of his claims. His words are incendiary. He thinks he's transformational, but I don't think he is. I think he's inflamm ...more
Oct 02, 2009 Cathy rated it it was amazing
I FINALLY feel like someone understands what I need to know about what is happening to America. Now I feel like I can explain to people where it is I stand politically.

Glen Beck does an excellent job of helping the american people recognize what those uneasy feelings are about the way things are being run in Washington. This is a book every single American ought to read. It's simple to read it's easy to understand and it rings truth loud and clear.
Steven Montgomery
Jul 15, 2009 Steven Montgomery rated it it was ok
Having read Thomas Paine's Common Sense many times and highly recommend that others read it, the reader of this review may ask why I only rated this book "ok" and didn't rate it higher. Don't get me wrong. I believe a lot of what Glenn says on the radio and writes. My biggest sore spot regarding this book is the following:

It's not just the political class who has mastered the art of deception. There are other potentially deadly masters who will seek to exploit your frustration and sense of desp
Nov 17, 2009 Joseph rated it did not like it
Shelves: fbpl, politics

I am a little reticent to write a review of this book. Once you start discussing politics, things can become heated. By way of disclaimer, I am likely what Mr. Beck calls a "Progressive" in his book. I do believe the founders of our country were great men. I think they did the best they could with the Constitution. But that does not mean that I think those men and that document are inerrant. I think this has been amply demonstrated: slavery, women's suffrage, and the civil rights movement. I str

Jun 28, 2009 Jim rated it it was amazing
I have been listening to Glenn Beck since a short time after September 11, 2001. I have listened to and watched Glenn eviscerate both political parties on both radio and television. Here is a man, despite what you may think of him personally or politically, who tells it like it is.

In his version of Common Sense, he illucidates areas in which our government has usurped our liberties in the name of "the common good." Both political parties have so mismanaged taxpayer dollars for their massive, was
Jul 15, 2009 Jongalt rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone not indoctrinated.
Recommended to Jongalt by: Numerous individuals
So I read (listened too) "Common sense", with some trepidation and with the intention of being extremely objective.

He does a great job categorizing all the different topics and setting a standard by which to act in politics. I saw a lot of comments on sites like amazon that stated it was "lacking in any sense" but I would definitely disagree.

Many other posts on amazon stated that it was basically a rehash of Glenn Becks "religious beliefs", well I'm a dyed in the wool card carrying athei
3.5 stars. After really being disappointed in Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government, I did not go into this book with very high expectations. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that I really liked this. Let me say that, while agreeing with many of Beck's positions and ideas, I acknowledge that his arguments are fairly simplistic and done with an appeal towards the emotions rather than the intellect. This doesn't mean he isn't right (I happen to think he often is), ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Karen rated it did not like it
Putting my personal feelings of Glenn Beck and his motives aside for the first three of these points (which for the record of full disclosure are not favorable)... The book is problematic on multiple levels.

1) Writing - Having been subjected to more than enough Beck thanks to my Dad's addiction to Fox News, I can say that he writes EXACTLY the way he talks (capital letters included!). While this style obviously appeals to the masses, and I thought it was hip to do so in elementary school, I no l
Thomas Edmund
Jan 22, 2010 Thomas Edmund rated it it was ok
Given the title, of Glenn Beck's Common Sense, I initially thought this book would follow A. Man's 'Everything a man can say to a woman without offending' (the book is blank by the way)

The book was a much better read than Arguing With Idiots (i.e. shorter) and in much the same vein, is a 120ish rant about governmental overspend. I don't think people totally disagree with the risk of debt, but I guess its about priorities.

I suspect the most effort Beck put into this book was the insidious tacti
Oct 19, 2009 Brian rated it did not like it
First off I find the statement that Beck made that President Obama is racist and hates white people to make no sense (which is the main reason why I didn't want to see what Beck had to say). Obama's Mom was white, his grandparents where white, so did he hate them? It doesn't make sense. Also I don't see anything directed at making white people go to the back of the bus, or legalizing lynching of white people or anything like that (that would seem to be an actual demonstration of hate). In all ho ...more
Sep 21, 2009 Craig rated it did not like it
Most of my conservative friends may be shocked that I didn't like this book, but I have to say it -- I didn't agree with Beck's claim to be a critic of both parties. He's so obviously a conservative Republican that it makes his diatribe shallow and hypocritical. He's great at pointing out the problems. His "solutions" are cliched and vague. Beck is an example of the sort of extremism that's radicalized and destroyed the Republican party. Even though the extremists may not control the party, they ...more
DJ Harris
May 03, 2013 DJ Harris rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: The Entire World!
Recommended to DJ by: Glenn Beck

Jump inside the mind of Glenn Beck as you turn the pages of this book! See how he interprets Common Sense in today's society. After reading this book it is easy to see how he sees very little common sense in our government.

It was a fantastic read, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book!

Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine by Glenn Beck
Christopher Obert
Oct 20, 2009 Christopher Obert rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
Never in my life have I even been more worried about the fate of the nation than I am now! I have little to no faith in most of the officials that are currently running the country (into the ground I might add.) I believe that most, if not all, politicians don’t give a dam about the country, only themselves! It does not matter what is good or bad for the country as long as it hurts their opponents whether they are in another political party or a US citizen. While do not agree with everything in ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Brooke added it
Let me start by saying I AM NOT A GLENN BECK FAN. I am not a rabid Republican and I tend to dislike politics in general. However, I thought this would be a thought-provoking book and it was. I agreed with many points and strongly disagreed with others. Some points I agreed on included the idea that both political parties seem to be majorly flawed, we desperately need term limits because career politicians are not good for anybody, and our national debt is out of control. I disagreed with his att ...more
Mar 14, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it
"They have set our house on fire and blocked the exits, all the while convincing us that there is nothing to fear because they are the fire department." is a true statement about our lulled situation. Are we ready to hear and act? I'd hope so, but alas, we've not seen enough pain to act.

Though "the cause of America is in great measure the cause of mankind," we still want our easy life, our comfort, our TV our NFL. Wake up, it is almost too late to reclaim our American dream. Hegel, Marx and the
Karl Tenney
Profound. Everyone should read this book. It is not pro Repubican or pro Democrat. It is about what happens when government spends money - when government grows in power. Both parties are guilty and Beck makes that case clearly. You may or may not agree with his conclusion but as a responsible citizen you must understand what is going on.

I simply cannot give this book a higher recommendation. It is short, simple and easy to understand and its only 6 bucks at Costco. Not only is this a MUST READ,
Samuel Mercuri
Aug 01, 2011 Samuel Mercuri rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. It is an overview of what is wrong with the American government, and what we can do about it. Clearly written and well researched, it reveals how the United States has strayed from the path that our Founding Fathers set for us. Our out of control government wastes money and crushes innovation with mindless regulations.

Those who think Glenn Beck's views encourage violence clearly never got past his "Note from the Author" where he bluntly states: "I lay out several o
Glenn Beck, the television personality, appended the original "Common Sense" of Thomas Paine to the end of his own book. I read Paine's book first and I would recommend it to anyone interested in history. It contains some curious data such the cost to build naval ships of various sizes in the late 18th century, but mostly it is polemic against monarchy and in favor of American independence.

Curiously, except the heated style, Beck's text has almost nothing in common with Paine's. Paine sketches
Mike (the Paladin)
I considered 4 stars as Glenn is not primarily a writer, an author (though that my be a misnomer now as he's written a good number of books including children's books and at least one novel). But I think I can recommend this book very highly.

Some of you will be familiar with Mr. Beck from his radio program and commentary program on FOX News Channel. If you are, then the subject matter of this book will be no surprise to you. This is a forum where Glenn can not only state his positions, but lay o
Aug 24, 2009 Rhonda rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
I like reading and listening to Glenn Beck...he tells it like it is, and doesn't take the side of the Republican OR the Democrat.

This book, inspired by Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" is a call to action...for American's to no longer sit idly by and let us be lied to by those in the government. We are to take responsibility for what is happening to our country.

It's not at all about religion, but some of my quotes are...


"So why is religion so important to the proper functioning of a democra
Dec 24, 2011 Laurie rated it liked it
Well, it could have been written better. Some parts were stronger than others. I enjoyed this book mainly because I believe in the subject matter.

I'll throw it 3 stars & leave you with my favorite passage.

"The Progressives view the Constitution as a living organism that evolves with time and changes depending on circumstances. Both the Progressives and the Founding Fathers view the Constitution as a set of handcuffs- but the difference is that our Founders believed that it was the power of
Jul 01, 2009 Richard rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is a must read for anyone that is concerned with the direction our Republic is taking and the out-of-control government. When I say the out-of-control government, I am not just talking about the President, but the entire government; to include both the Democrats and the Republicans.

Personally I think that this next election cycle we need to clean house and vote out all incumbents. It is time for a fresh start and to get back on track and start following the Constitution again.

Please read th
Aug 17, 2009 David rated it did not like it
No facts, straw man arguments, God awful self glorification. Painfully over simplistic and inaccurate.

It is sad to watch Mr. Beck pee over Thomas Paine and wave proudly his trashing and absolute lack of understanding of The Constitution.
Jan 19, 2014 Dale rated it really liked it
Modeled after a classic but fails in comparison (which is to be expected - it is a classic after all!)

Glenn Beck piggybacks on a famous pamphlet ( Common Sense by Thomas Paine) in order to inspire like minded folks to action. This book is part of his successful 9/12 project and details 9 principles and 12 values and further reading that Beck feels would put America "back on course." (p.110)

Beck's book is intended to be a primer for those new to politics. For those of us who have been paying at
Lyle Beefelt
Sep 15, 2009 Lyle Beefelt rated it liked it
If you want to understand our countrymen who are protesting at tea parties around the country, read this book.

Glen Beck recites a litany of examples that he says show that government, our economy and our society have broken faith with prior generations. This helps explain why the average tea partygoer is older than the average American and why they are so agitated.

When Mr. Beck moves on to diagnose the problem, he lays the blame unequivocally at the feet of progressivism - from Teddy Roosevelt t
Apr 05, 2011 D rated it liked it
Let me preface this review by saying that I consider myself a political independent with some moderate views as well as some that would be shockingly conservative to many. I had heard alot about this book and other by Glenn Beck and am familiar with his TV and radio programs, although I am not a regular viewer or listener. I liked Beck's show better when it was on HLN and found some of his economic predictions in 2008 and 2009 amazingly accurate and on-target. I picked up this book wanting to be ...more
Oct 27, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
Like other reviewers I have read on this site, we need more "stars" in the rating system. I decided to read this for a couple of reasons. One of those reasons was because of a review on this site by a friend of mine. The other reason was because I was curious to see what he had to say. I find him much easier to read than to listen to or watch on tv.

I was surprised to find that the first 107 pages of the book are Beck's writings and his analysis of conditions in our country today. The last 54 pa
Nov 03, 2009 Patrick rated it did not like it
I was getting signatures for the ethics initiative petition and my neighbor signed it, but asked me to read this book. I've read the intro and first couple chapters today. I globally agree with a good part of Beck's philosophy--limited government, the importance of individual political involvement, politics as normal reeks, etc.--but Glenn is a stinking hypocrite. BS he's not a partisan. The fact he can take easy, justifiable potshots at George W. Bush doesn't make him less of a one-sided shill ...more
Lora Innes
Sep 08, 2009 Lora Innes rated it liked it
The only reason I gave this book a 3 is because it's a read it now or read it never kind of book. It doesn't have longevity, it has urgency. Thomas Paine's original Common Sense (from which it gets its name) had urgency and timelessness. This book does not.

That being said, I highly recommend it if you live in America. I carry a card for one of the big two parties, but I haven't used it in some time. I've been discontent with the direction America is headed in for awhile now, but the recent overs
David Robins
Oct 20, 2009 David Robins rated it liked it
"A charter is to be understood as a bond of solemn obligation, which the whole enters into, to support the right of every separate part, whether of religion, personal freedom, or property, A firm bargain and a right reckoning make long friends." This is from Thomas Paine's tract of the same name, also included. Paine argues eloquently for the abolishment of rule by a king, and upholds the need for a fundamental property right, but Beck fails to connect the dots and note that any majority governm ...more
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