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The Overton Window (Overton Window #1)

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A plan to destroy America, a hundred years in the making, is about to be unleashed…can it be stopped?

There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debat
Paperback, 457 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published June 15th 2010)
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Jul 14, 2010 Ellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel

“I think we are seeing where intellectualisam [sic:]has gotten us. Many brains and no commen [sic:] sense is a disater [sic:] as we can see with our current administration. Worldly knowledge is not doing so well for us right now. Intellectual work is killing this country right now. Let us get back on track and do what is right. Palin may not be the right person but anything is better than this group of geniuses we have now.”
~Anonymous Poster on July 14, 2010

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Mar 08, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens when government and big business conspire to manipulate national and world events... oh, wait, that's already happening. Okay, how about this -- what happens when corrupt politicians and government officials ignore the laws of the land to bring about their own agenda... wait a minute, that's already happening, too! Well then, what happens when a radio talk-show host and TV personality writes a novel based on all the things he's discussing on his program that are happening in today's ...more
Craig Meads
May 21, 2011 Craig Meads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very fast read and I read it in just a few days. I will admit that although Beck and I are the same religion I despise the man. I think most of the pundits like him are worthless, thankfully though he's a few steps up from the arrogant Rush.

However I saw this book at the library and said what the heck. I picked it up and read through it very quickly. I was surprised that I liked it so much, it's very well written. The story scared the crap out of me as well. I have no doubt there'
Aug 26, 2011 Marvin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: conspiracy lovers with less than a fifth grade education.
Recommended to Marvin by: Glenn Beck. He looked directly through the TV screen and said "Please buy this".
Yes, I'm actually reading this. Stop laughing, Michelle.


It is well known the Glenn Beck did not write this. Mr. Beck said so himself. Although the idea "was all mine" he attributes the actual writing of the novel to three "contributors"; Kevin Balfe, Emily Bestler, and Jack Henderson. The last writer is already a published author and some critics have noticed that Beck's novel has a not-so-coincidental similarity to Henderson's Circumference of Darkness. Be that as it may, the trick for the
Feb 25, 2011 Mac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whether the premise of this book it real or not, the window is REAL and I have watch it work its wonders on this nation's people for the past 69 years. You think $3.21 gas is not bad looking at the rest of so called modern nations, dumb...its the same gas that I used to fill Grandpa's old Packard up for $5.00 a tank, its not the gas has gotten more expensive, it that the USD (FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE) is WORTH LESS. The plastic numbered society is so easy, just give me my(equal)share and I'll shut u ...more
Wayne Wilson
Aug 26, 2010 Wayne Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very scary book. The writing wasn't great but not bad for Mr. Beck's first foray into the world of fiction. I listened to the book and the narration was great. I really enjoyed hearing from Glen in the beginning and again after the completion of the book. I am a Glen Beck fan, so take my review with that in mind.

Some of my favorite parts were when Beck quotes the founding fathers through his protagonists. It was great for me to hear our founders words in many cases for the first time. I was in
Douglas Wilson
Jul 12, 2010 Douglas Wilson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I picked this one up in an airport on a whim. I had been hearing people froth about it, and wanted to see if it was as bad as they were saying, which apparently was bad enough to make the back teeth ache. But, as it turns out, it wasn't. Beck wrote a fictional pop-thriller, which means the prose has to be assembled out of two by fours, but as a result it was sturdy. And Beck is clever, and so gets a number of good lines off. But not surprisingly his main problem is theological, which I may write ...more
Oct 20, 2010 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52-in-2010
The Overton Window by Glenn Beck (pp. 336)

A modern-day conspiracy thriller by one of the more polarizing voices in America. The problem with reviewing a fiction book by Glenn Beck is that his personality is so pervasive in the media that it’s hard to separate the book from the man and his ideology. I have no specific politic and consider myself pretty down the middle, so Glenn Beck neither offends me nor am I sitting front-and-center hanging on his every word like it was my 9 year old in his fir
Jul 31, 2010 Bigmg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great read. Reason for 4stars is that the book is about 200-300 pages too short.

The premise is based on fact: that America is being run by ad agencies that sell their ability to create false realities in the minds of hundreds of millions of people--even billions--and then twist public thinking into a knot that politicians, huge corporations, government agencies, and the like all use to gain more power.

The idea of moving what the public is willing to believe into areas of complete madnes
Jul 17, 2015 Neil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Apparently this book was not actually written by Glenn Beck, but by a collaborative team of three other 'authors'. It has a rather clunky style to it, in places it is good but there are quite a few areas where the writing doesn't seem up to scratch. Overall a disappointment, as the book doesn't do justice to the research which has gone into it. Some areas did make me stop and think, so in that aspect it worked. It does make various political statements, and would probably appeal to those who enj ...more
Doran Barton
Aug 22, 2010 Doran Barton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you know me, you know I’m a pretty big fan of Glenn Beck. I’ve been listening to his radio show for about five years now and have followed his forays into television, live stage performances, and books. It may be no surprise, then, that I liked “The Overton Window,” Glenn’s latest book, a fiction thriller.

Now that I’ve said that, let me qualify it.

“The Overton Window” is a simple story, really. It has its plots and twists like a good thriller should, but its overall story arc is pretty straig
Another Booksquirm Book Club pick. Thankfully, this book did not make it past month 2! Our 2 month assignment for this book had us suffer through the Prologue through Chapter 4. Here are the thoughts I posted for the book club.

Prologue - Chapter 2 observations:
How exactly did Mr. Beck think that I would take him seriously when he writes on page 8 "Top psychologists tell us in Maxim magazine..." Really??? You expect me to believe that people who are at the top of the psychological field would rea
Oct 16, 2010 Doreen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know most of the stuff in this book really has occurred in real life. Even though this is a fictional book I wouldn't be surprised if it ALL was really going on (replacing names with people who currently hold power within the government). This book definitely makes you think about your own personal overton window. I like the notes at the end of the book. Next time I read this I will go through the notes at the end of the book as I'm reading.

[Side note: I don't believe in the 9/11 rumors of ou
Aug 14, 2010 Rhonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Quite a thought-provoking book. Glenn Beck (with the help of three of his friends, I believe)writes a fictional thriller with the intent of causing his readers to 'think' about what they are being taught and manipulated into believing and accepting....based on the theory that the most extreme thoughts we are exposed to cause us to shift just a little bit at a time towards that thought becoming a reality.

His intent was successful...the novel was just a bit lacking in substance.

Favorite Quotes:

Aug 31, 2013 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, political
I almost wish Glenn Beck's name was not on the cover of this book because I know that his name will turn people off. This book was much better than I expected it to be, it had an almost Orwellian vibe to it. Beck made it very clear in a note at the beginning of the book that this was a piece of "faction," a fictional book based on facts. Beck not only created a thrilling story around the concept of The Overton Window, but tested the window on the reader. He presented an extreme scenario rooted j ...more
Thomas Edmund
Like my other Glenn Beck reviews, I feel it would be unethical not to begin by saying that I am not a fan of Mr Beck nor do I agree (for the most part) with his opinions.

In saying that I tried to take his work of fiction The Overton Window with a grain of open-mindedness, and plunged right in...

Or tried to. Unfortunately Glenn decided to introduce his novel with the old “some people won’t like this, but others will look past the politics” type spiel. One questions the decision to do this as obvi
Aug 05, 2013 Martha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Noah Gardner is a lackluster son of a highly powerful, political puppet master, Arthur Gardner. Noah is lured in by Molly Ross who intrigues him with her disdain as well as her passion for the cause of American freedom. She is part of a group known as the Founder’s Keepers, who seek to peaceably preserve American freedoms as set out in the Constitution.

Noah is embroiled in Molly’s schemes to gain access and information from his father’s computers. They learn that Arthur Gardner is part of a gro
This is the first book I have read by Glenn Beck, and although I do not watch his show either, I am generally familiar with his political views. The characters and scenarios in the book are all fictional, but the plot involves many facts from recent events and headline news. Glenn described the book as being "faction" (fact and fiction) and he does include about 15 pages of sources that you can look up in his afterword following the story. I thought the characters seemed like two-dimensional ste ...more
Jason Mccool
A very good entry into the thriller genre for Glenn. A quick read, but hard to put down, especially with the very short chapters that tease you to read "just one more". The plot is certainly plausible, and the close connection to the current political shenanigans certainly makes it spookily good right now, although that quality might be the same one that keeps it from being a classic after times have changed (unless things take a turn for the worse so that it seems almost prophetic like some oth ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an entertaining book, but like other books I have read in this genre, I found it simplistic. I generally refer to books like this as “cotton candy.” It is fun to read, but not a lot of substance to it. It delivers what it says; a conspiracy driven fast paced plot, but none of the layers of world building that make other books so good.

Overall the story was enjoyable. It is about a PR firm using the Overton Window technique to shift public attention and acceptance to fit in with a plan fo
John Harder
I am a Glenn Beck fan but I have to say that The Overton Window just barely reaches mediocre. This may be because of my aversion to thrillers. The writing seems flat, but I feel the same way about Dan Brown and Scott Turow, yet everyone else finds these guys riveting – it must be the genre that I do not understand.

The Overton window as a political concept is the theory that at any given time and population will accept a political policy somewhere between a set of extremes. For instance no-one wo
Dec 10, 2010 Chrissy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Overton Window concerns the range of policies and principles that the public accepts as socially or politically acceptable at a given time. Show a man the most extreme on both sides, and perhaps you can push him to be more accepting of those ideas further to one or the other side, because they're not "as bad" as what he saw before.

In this novel, by Glenn Beck, we're given the tale of a public relations executive, Noah Gardner, who seems that he'd rather be anywhere else than under the thumb
Matthew Herring
Glenn Beck is no Ayn Rand. Well, his ideas are very much in the same vein, but his paid ghost writers are nowhere near the level of a decent thriller writer, say a Patterson, Coben, or Cornwell. The plot is just an excuse to string sermons on the horrors of large government together. And while it tries to weave in enough action to keep it interesting, it mostly stalls out and returns to the preaching before anything of worth can happen. This is what happens when you try to shoehorn a story aroun ...more
Петър Стойков
Тъй както всеки уважаващ себе си американски либерал и български студент в американски публичен университет, който си мисли че като е отишъл там небесните двери на световната мъдрост и правота са се разкрили пред него, мрази Глен Бек, така аз го любя, тача и милея. Като цяло разсъжденията му са правилни, а книгата му Broke трябва да е на нощното шкафче на всеки политик при гласуването на бюджета.

Слабата му страна винаги е било прекаленото му заиграване с конспиративните теории и тенденцията му
Jul 08, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I watch Mr. Beck's show occasionally, so I know why he wrote this book, and what he wanted to do with it. He wanted to show in a fictional setting how the concept of an Overton Window works, and perhaps worst case scenario what could happen. I think he also wanted to get some of the writings of the founding fathers out there in the mainstream. Unfortunately, the quotes from founding fathers were too long and the use of the quotes didn't always flow in a natural way. I often felt lectured - and I ...more
Sep 20, 2010 Nobama'12 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Overton Window was a good book. Although slow to develop, I believe it completely lived up to its rave, which included statements of amazing suspense which it definitely delivered. The relationships of the characters were both quick to make and break which may have been a problem. But that was countered by the depth of the personality and image presented by Glenn of the main character, Noah. Another factor that contributed to my liking of this book was that this could be a real life scenario ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
This books considers what may be happening in the US and how people can avoid it. A young man is concerned mainly with his own personal situation and could care less about what is happening to the country, but then he meets a young woman who shows him just how precarious a situation our country is in. He begins to attend meetings, and suddenly realized how much America has already advanced to a police state. he is not sure that anything can be done, but after working with his friend's group, he ...more
Oct 26, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A surprisingly solid thriller, though I'm sure that's mostly thanks to the team of ghostwriters at Beck's ready disposal. The Overton Window is very recognizably Beck...whether or not that's a good thing will be entirely up to you. The book is well written enough to be engaging, but nobody should pick this up merely for the poetic stylings of Beck's prose (Duh!). I'm amazed at the number of people who bought this book largely for the chance to complain about Beck's inadequacies as a writer. (Qui ...more
Jul 23, 2010 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before reading this book, you have to view this trailer:
This Rudyard Kipling poem, chilling (and true) on its own, plays a great role in the story, and it really helps to hear the poem as read in the trailer.

Anyone who still doesn't believe there are evil forces trying to take down this country need to read this book. It is fiction, but based on so much fact, as evidenced by the sourced research in the back of the book.

The book started out as more of a lo
While reading this book I felt the same way I do when reading Crichton or Clancy. I would just get into the plot only to be yanked out by long, technical rants from the characters. I found most of the facts interesting, I have just heard them many times because I am a fan of Glenn Beck.
Having said that, I did enjoy the writing style here, it was an easy read. It's not as thrilling a thriller as I like, but it's ok and it's pretty darn clean. That in and of itself was refreshing!
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