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

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FUNNY.OUTRAGEOUS.TRUE.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, f
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Published November 20th 2007 by Threshold Editions (first published January 1st 2007)
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Feb 03, 2009 Marcus rated it did not like it
So far just a bunch of Republican rhetoric and unsupported "facts." Lots of "statistics" but Beck doesn't list a single authority for them. His brilliant solution to the problem of global warming is to do nothing. What a genius. His use of the English language is uninspiring to say the least and his pathetic attempts at humor fall far short of even a mild tickle (racism and bald-faced elitism are apparently not funny--who knew). I'm only reading it to force my brother into watching Al Gore's mov ...more
Brian Hodges
Jun 12, 2010 Brian Hodges rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I have been a huge fan of Glenn Beck's radio show ever since he became syndicated back in 2002. If you actually take the time to LISTEN to his radio show for an extended period of time you realize that he is in a constant state of analyzing his choices, his philosophies and his political alignments. He is not, despite what his detractors think, a mindless republican stooge... or even a mindless CONSERVATIVE stooge. He's just a regular guy who has made it big but who stays close to his values and ...more
Sep 04, 2008 Benjamin rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
Wow. If you have ever had a desire to be simultaniously entertained, horrified, and informed this is the book for you. Glenn Beck offers his opinion on everything from global warming to illigal immigration, marriage and dateing, minimum wage, child molesters and dozens of other topics.
It really got me thinking about a lot of things and because he is an entertainer as well as a comentator he does an excellent job at taking some topics that would be rather dry and making them fun. I loved the qu
Jan 21, 2008 Jared rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone willing to try to make change
I rated this at 5 stars just to counter the mandatory 1 star I had to give Al Gore's book. This book is by no means just a counter to Gore's book but includes other issues as well. Some are deserving of this rating and others are just meant to be humorous.

The chapters on global warming, marriage, radical islam, political correctness, income gap, minimum wage, UN and others have good ideas and counter so much of the crap that we hear from so many sides in the media today.

Some of these chapters
Mar 08, 2008 DeLaina rated it it was amazing
Recommended to DeLaina by: Paul-my husband
Shelves: politics
I started reading this book late one night because I didn't have any other books to read. The first few pages produced some stifled giggles, but then I started howling w/laughter at the "global warming" section, to the point where Paul asked me to please go somewhere else so he could sleep.

I like Glenn Beck's writing and his self-deprecating sense of humor. He doesn't take himself too seriously but is able to convey some of the world's serious problems and offer some good solutions to them, all
Feb 18, 2008 Emily rated it liked it
I'm a Glenn Beck fan, so I enjoyed this book, though not as much as his other (The Real America), which I really recommend. The book is a lot like his show with side notes, humor, and random thoughts. It is an easy read, as it is broken up in many sections, and looks like a junior high school textbook with all sorts of charts, and graphics. He is a funny guy with some good ideas (and some crazy ones, that just might work).
Jun 02, 2008 Walter rated it really liked it
This book made me, laugh, think, and laugh some more. While I don't agree with everything that Glenn Beck says, I must admit that he more on the ball than any other political commentator I have listened to. He has this novel approach with stories, he actually investigates them! Whereas most "conservative" political commentators are merely spokespeople for the Republican Party, Glenn is a spokesman for actual conservative family values.

In other words, he tests to see if those who talk the talk al
May 27, 2008 Anthony rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys intelligent political discourse
If you have a sense of humor, don’t take yourself too seriously, and can take off the kaleidoscope glasses of contemporary liberal thought long enough to take an honest look at the world, you have to love Glenn Beck. Glenn is a funny guy, a smart guy, and sometimes a scary guy. Glenn frequently, self-depreciatingly, refers to himself as a rodeo clown. If you know what the rodeo clowns are really doing down there in the arena you may agree that this reference is actually a pretty accurate allegor ...more
Doran Barton
Mar 25, 2008 Doran Barton rated it it was amazing
Oh, you were really surprised when you came across this book review, weren't you? Yeah, I'm a big Glenn Beck fan. Proof of just how nuts I am about Glenn Beck: I wrote a Perl script to convert the live streams on the Glenn Beck Insider site (which include bumper music and other types of material not fit for the "podcast" MP3s) into MP3 or Ogg files I can listen to when I want. Yeah. I'm a fan... a geeky fan.

Okay, so about this book... It is very, very good. In my opinion, this is how all conserv
Jake Wegman
Dec 30, 2007 Jake Wegman rated it really liked it
Hey, the guy's a conservative commentator, so obviously, take a lot of what he says with a grain of salt (just like you should Al Gore). But Glenn Beck is one of the few commentators out there that tries to break things down objectively, and then offers up solutions that come from a more conservative point of view. I can relate to such a worldview.

The book could've earned 5 stars for me, except for the fact that he muddies the message with sections on stuff like tipping and raising teenage daugh
Elaine Moore
Jan 10, 2008 Elaine Moore rated it liked it
I found myself laughing, thinking, and being down right scared at times as I read this book. It took me a while to get used to the change in subject and the off shoots(ADD moments), but it would not be Glenn Beck without them. Overall, this book gives what it promises, political issues from a perspective you just don't hear.

My favorite quote is, "As a parent of a toddler you mission is clear: Keep Them Alive."
Feb 03, 2008 Alan rated it it was amazing
WARNING: If you are a liberal whose sensitivities are easily upset, you may be offended by this book. This is not politically correct. However, Glenn's highly slanted, sometimes abrasive observations more often than not fit with my own. I think that much of the material is presented in a humorous way; Al Gore probably would not. It's also chock full of warnings about the dangerous path on which our nation is heading.
Feb 19, 2008 Donald rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone, esp. liberals
Glenn Beck is a funny guy with good common sense and realistic viewpoints on the world's "problems." Funny as heck in certain places and serious in others, it's a good read.
Feb 13, 2010 Teechbiz rated it did not like it
Glenn's ADD is really apparent in this book. It bounces from illegal immigration to his alcoholism, from how he met his wife to global warming.
Dave Lancaster
Jul 09, 2009 Dave Lancaster rated it liked it
Was given this book for Father's Day. I listen to Glen Beck occasionly and enjoy what he has to say most of the time so I was anxious to read it.

Like other reviewers I think this book works best if you don't try to read it cover to cover.
- Read a chapter.
- Set it aside for a couple of days.
- Read another chapter.

Who should read it? Everyone. I found some of it hilarious and some of it disturbing for multiple reasons.

Conservatives should read it because it will strengthen many of their position
Feb 17, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Political Junkies, Parents, Conservatives, and even Liberals (you might learn something).
Shelves: political
It's a pretty good book. He offers great insights into some of the media driven liberal ideologies that seem to be crammed down our throat everywhere you look today (such as Global Warming, Minimum Wage, Illegal Immigration). But he also has some great chapters on personal lives, dating, marriage, parenting, etc. And his voice is spot on; if you've ever seen his show or heard him talk, you can hear him saying the words as you read them.

But I would recommend breaking up the book and not trying t
May 24, 2008 Shannon rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
A friend mentioned that she thought this book was really quite funny, but I had a very hard time with it.
For someone who professes to land in the middle of a lot of issues, I didn't see that. Perhaps the "humor" comes across better in a radio show than in a book. I must admit I've never listened to him.
I agree with other readers who felt that the better parts of the book were where he stopped trying to be funny and just expressed his views.
The other thing that bothered me was the joking that
Jul 29, 2008 Vernon rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Conservative fanatics
This book was slightly amusing, and while some of the "world's biggest problems" that it covered are real problems, some of them really are not problems at all, but just something to fill up the pages.

I think that Glenn Beck is your average conservative windbag that wants to get heard. His tactic for getting heard is by spouting off crazy ideas and shocking you. He says in one chapter that people use statistics to lie to you all the time and that you can't trust statistics, yet he does the very
Feb 09, 2008 Teresa rated it really liked it
I'm not much of a Glenn Beck watcher/listener, but my husband is. I got this book for him for Christmas and he read it in an impressively short period of time. (He doesn't really like reading.) He really wanted me to read it, too. I must admit that most of what Glenn Beck conveyed in this book made a LOT of sense. It wasn't an incredibly fast read for me because the book's layout is more like a text book. But his "A.D.D. Moments" are quite entertaining. This book informs as well as entertains. G ...more
Darin Lee
Feb 06, 2008 Darin Lee rated it liked it
Anyone who has an appreciation for sharp wit and sarcasm will enjoy this book. This book, like many books in its genre, has parts that every reader will likely not agree does have some good information and is an entertaiing read. It is not the drawn and dry style so many books in its genre are written in. This book will likely get you in front of your computer researching topics brought to light in this book...and you may be surprised what you will learn.
Jan 18, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I listen to Glenn Beck's radio show every chance I get and was really looking forward to his book. I thought some of the chapters were excellent and some where trying to be funny but weren't that funny. Glenn is very funny in his show, but it didn't quite transfer over to me.
The chapters that I really liked left out the zany humor and laid out the facts.
I would advise everyone to read this book; just read fast on the silly stuff and get right to the meat of the matter.
Feb 09, 2008 Mark rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This book was hilarious. I've been listening to Glenn for over 6 years and couldn't wait to read this. It was hilarious, educational, true, and did I mention pee your pants hilarious. He actually proved with charts and graphs that global warming is not caused by Carbon emissions, but by people giving their kids "Ca" names, like Caleb, Cameron, Caden, Calista, etc. Would recommend to anyone.
Apr 01, 2009 Charity rated it really liked it
This book was very funny in a lot of parts and pretty informative. I enjoyed the read but will warn you that his sense of humor was inappropriate in some parts. Thankfully you could always tell pretty early in the chapter if it was going to be a bad chapter and just skip over it. I don't agree with him on everything in this book, but I agree with a lot of what he said.
Jan 05, 2009 Cathy rated it really liked it
I give this four stars in the area of political books, totally separate from fiction and non-fiction. :) Glenn Beck calls 'em how he sees 'em, and that's what I like about this one. I especially liked his views on pornography. Thanks for the reminder, Jen. I forgot I read this one!
Good, quick read ... I highly recommend it.
(Even if you're a Democrat, Donna ... ha.)
Mary Jane
Aug 05, 2008 Mary Jane rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any conservative
Recommended to Mary Jane by: Melinda Banks
Glenn Beck is my best friend, who never calls. I love his opinion on politics and I am usually with him 100% of the time. He is amazing. He is one of my heros.

I finished this book for a second time. On our long drive to Illinois, I read it to my husband. It is a great read. Each chapter is a different topic.

Mar 06, 2011 Goel rated it really liked it
very informative. lots of fun facts.
Oct 25, 2015 Eleanor rated it did not like it
Recommended to Eleanor by: An American
This is part of an ongoing project to challenge my own views.

You have to get the audiobook. The sarcasm and sighs and shouting just add to the experience.

Here are my highlights. Feel free to avoid reading the book for it's insights on global warming..

Scientists call people nasty names
Scientists are boring and that's why they don't have girl friends
Things a little warmer where I live would be nice
Climate simulations? We ran Madden 08 twenty times and it only once put the two right teams in th
May 09, 2010 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Interesting ideas, lousy presentation. In some chapters, Beck gives you great information ("Global Warming" and "Opinion Polls" are two such good ones), but a few of them are just inane ("Choosing the Right Movie" and "Parenting," for example). Beck's laid-back writing style will be considered a breath of fresh air by people who don't like to read, and overly lazy and simpistic by people who do. The big problem for me, though, is that I just don't care much for Beck's sense of humor here. Callin ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Dale rated it liked it
Entertaining, not terribly deep

Much like a typical day on Glenn's show, An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems is fun, easy to digest, all over the place and sometimes a bit kooky.

Glenn starts out with a bang with his anti-Al Gore chapter and it is strong. In the middle he gets off track with chapters like the one about chick flcks and guy movies, blind dates and the one about aging (I fail to see how wearing a toupee or not is one of the world's biggest problems).
Brett Tompkins
Aug 03, 2009 Brett Tompkins rated it really liked it
This was an intersting book by Glenn Beck. I don't agree with everything he says, but like he claims, he is a thinker and he does come up with some good ideas. There was a lot of humor, and you either like or hate his kind of humor. I happen to like it. I thought it was funny that he devoted an entire chapter to how bad he is with remembering names, and really offered no serious information. The only reason I can think of for him to write this particular chapter was so he could show a graph that ...more
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