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Addicted to Outrage: How Thinking Like a Recovering Addict Can Heal the Country

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  249 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Glenn Beck—author of thirteen #1 New York Times bestsellers—issues a startling challenge to people on both sides of the aisle to give up our addiction to outrage.

America is addicted to outrage, we’re at the height of a twenty-year bender, and we need an intervention. In Addicted to Outrage, New York Times bestselling author Glenn Beck addresses how America has become more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Threshold Editions
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Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a book I wanted to read, but not one I expected to like.
Instead I’m very surprised at the depth here and the subversion of the stereotype of Glenn Beck. I’m impressed and I think it’s a solid book that is actually worth reading.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm shocked I liked this book as much as I did. The whole book really challenged a lot of what I believe and for that, five stars Mr. Beck.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I was surprised at how good this turned out. It’s quite different from Beck’s other books: no graphics, no footnotes. This is an honest appeal to the country to stop demonizing each other and be civil again. He reviews history, looks at the future, and encourages all sides (especially along the liberal/conservative divide) to see each other as human beings and to forgive each other for being human.

The divisiveness is growing and growing and will end in civil war if we aren’t careful. I
Alexander Fitzgerald
I made myself buy this book because I agree wholeheartedly with the topic, and I told myself I would support anyone who was willing to call people out. Americans are getting addicted to hating the other side. Something needs to change.

I grade books on a simple premise. Do they provide what they say they will provide? It's dumb to give a book intended for laughter three stars because "it lacks substance." That's not what it was designed to do. I don't look at a spoon and wonder why it is not a f
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I've heard of this author before, but I'm not familiar with his politics. I avoid shows like his (and others) because they seem to just want to stir the pot and cause contention. So with that said, I'm not sure how I managed to download this one, but I did. I'm actually glad I did. The overall message is one I believe in .... wholeheartedly. I can see how this book could be a necessary stepping stone in his career considering where he's been and where he currently stands.

This book felt like two
Jonathan Maas
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
They say a truly open minded person actively reads those with whom they disagree – and if so, Glenn Beck is a way to do this

Why? He’s not a maniac, he’s not a reactionary. He reads books, and backs up his words with data – sort of, hahaha. But you get my point – there are a lot of maniacs in power these day, and he is not one of them.

Glenn Beck employs the words ‘we’ and ‘I’ a lot, and that gives the book a broader appeal.

Normally a writer should avoid the word I, but here it is justified. Why?
Jan 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
After reading James Comey's book, I became very interested in the issue of partisanship. As a fairly politically moderate person myself, I was interested in the view of both sides. Knowing a bit of Beck's right-wing background before hand, I was very happy when I found it laying around at the library. After reading it, I was really just disappointed.

For a book supposedly about the evils of political partisanship, it was remarkably partisan. Don't get me wrong, I find that people on the left are
Soo Yen
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't think this book is achieving what it's trying to achieve. It's like a super duper long newspaper op-ed piece without any data and statistics to back up the claims. There is no cohesion of ideas and Beck wrote a lot about issues that I felt were unrelated. He probably started out with good intentions but the general tone that he conveyed was hardly non-partisan.
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ryanb, politics
“Beck wrote this book in an attempt to bring individuals of disparate political beliefs together and to encourage diversity of thought and reasoned discourse.”

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Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nls-audio, audible
The longer I live, the more convinced I am that looking at issues from every side just makes sense. Few other commentators have managed the kind of polarizing effect that Glenn Beck has achieved in recent years. What was it about the man that created such sharp divisions. Does anyone listen to him and merely shrug, saying, “well, ok, that’s his perspective, time to live and let live?” Or are we more inclined to revile the man for his politics and the sometimes-shrill nature of his delivery?

Yikes, this is tough to rate. On the one hand, I wish everyone would read it. On the other hand, it's a total mess. It's a Frankenstein's monster of a book, its chapters haphazardly stitched together without regard for aesthetics, concision, or cohesion. And though I greatly like and admire Glenn Beck as both a political pundit and an overall human being, his tendency to overindulge in self-recrimination and constantly remind you of his vast integrity can start to grate on your nerves. God bless ...more
Mark Scheel
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Known by most as the politically conservative radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network as well as a twelve-time best-selling author, Glenn Beck, with his most recent work Addicted to Outrage, has adopted a stunningly fresh approach. Identifying the state of America’s present irrationally vitriolic political discourse and brutal war of words as parallel in ways with addiction and substance abuse, Beck draws on his own personal experience with AA to offer a novel “10-step” remedy for ...more
Ash Wilson
I saw this book advertised somewhere, and what was interesting about my choosing to read it is that I’m kind of neutral on Glenn Beck. I think he’s quite impressive as a historian, constitutionalist, etc, and I have enjoyed others of his books - yet I haven’t really cared for him on radio or tv much, and one of the main reasons for that is that I felt his strong, emotional passion for what he believes tends to border on outrage, and I definitely have felt in the past that he exaggerated things g ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
So this book made me very uncomfortable. It's not that Beck said anything inappropriate or that the narrative took a weird turn. It's that he kept pushing for the reader to redefine how we view ourselves and others and I was constantly having to self-assess to see where I stood on issues and people. It was uncomfortable. I told my husband every time I put the book down, I was a little cranky for like an hour afterward because my guilt and cognitive dissonance would kick in and make me tense. It ...more
Donna Hines
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I get the idea but it's like saying lets all come down after we just went through WWIII brought on by our very own at the helm.
It's wishful thinking to hope for better, to pray for nicer, to believe in the good of everyone but sadly our world has been forever altered by single minded individuals with agendas for the wealthy.
Perhaps if those who spoke the loudest were bankrupt, homeless, and living below poverty like many of us struggling for minimum wage the sound stage would be different.
The pl
Alex Shrugged
I haven't listened to the Glenn Beck Show for a couple of years now. His outrage regarding candidate Donald Trump was all out of proportion to the danger. I agreed with Glenn that we could do a lot better than Trump, but I did not agree that Trump's candidacy was the end of civilization. I've seen several knuckleheads elected as President. Lots of things went wrong, but for the most part we survived. So I stopped listening to Glenn.

Now I listened to Glenn Beck's audiobook appeal to give up outr
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Whenever a political figure indicates that issues are complex and it's time to come together to solve problems, I perk up my ears. Because this is something America is really, really bad at these days.

Unfortunately, I was suckered. The overlying message is a good one, but what Beck really meant to say is the same thing Trump said when he won and Obama said when he won and pretty much everyone else said when they won in the last 20 years... "come together and agree with me because I won and you d
Donald Allen
Glenn Beck just doesn't get it.

A good book,well written and very knowledgeable. I like Glenn on the radio and generally agree with a lot of what he is about. But I think he just has lost sight of the fact that in order both sides to come together we must have the same goals in sight for the country. In America at this time in history true conservative republicans are interested in going back to living and building this country according to the constitution. The true liberal democrats(say of Jack
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Glenn Beck's books. They always make me think and I learn so much. He researches everything so well. I've never understood the hatred directed at him because he is always very fair and insightful and shares both sides of issues. (I think people that don't like him have simply never read his books.) This book was no exception. I originally bought the book as a gift for my dad (I wanted to read it before I gave it to him), but loved it so much I had to buy my own copy. It felt like Beck had ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent bipartisan book. Unlike books I have read by Michael Moore and Michael Savage (maybe it's a Michael thing?) that are written with a focus on "shock jock" tactics and name calling, this book focuses on what we all have in common, and why our outrage and arguing over less than critical issues (football players kneeling, for example) is making it impossible to come together for really serious issues like national security and poverty. Even though Glenn Beck is well known for his own right ...more
Travis Jackson
So many people say that they are “tolerant”, but they will not even listen to Glenn because they KNOW that he is a racist, homophobic, intolerant hater that just hates. They know this, not because they have heard his “hateful” words, nut because they have been told that’s how he is. If you are one of those people who has never listened to Glenn Beck on Radio, tv or in print or audio book, be as tolerant as you say you are. Be as tolerant as you expect him to be. Give him and his opinions and ide ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is at times poorly stitched together and a bit circular, and could have benefited from closer editing of what at times seems like a series of separate essays. But the main point, that we as a society are addicted to and feed off of outrage that is destroying our ability to find common ground, compromise, and reasonable ways to tackle difficult issues, is an important one that is addressed ina passionate, heartfelt, and personal way. The book could have gotten its point across in fewer ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read regardless of political view. We are to divided as Americans and we are thrown in the middle of chaos specifically to divide us so we will not pay attention to serious issue which will affect all of our futures. This book addresses this perfectly and why we must stop. Our world is being catapulted into the technological future for which we need to make specific and timely decisions about now! If we are just beating each other up over stupidity we will be poorly positioned for the fut ...more
Carter Allred
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love what Glenn has to say. My biggest complaint is that I didn’t really feel challenged by the reading because a lot of it seemed like an echo chamber for my thoughts. It’s hard for me to disagree with much of his analysis. There is lots of good history taught, and I love that. Other than that, if you listen to his talk show, there isn’t much you haven’t heard already from him. I don’t think that’s bad. Someday I can just look in this book again when things have changed, and it will be pretty ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I really don't care which way you lean when it comes to politics, in fact, after listening to this book, neither does Beck, and you shouldn't either! As a country, we the people are BEYOND divided. It is time to pay attention to what will affect all of us and the future of our children. It was very interesting to see how Beck chose to use the 12 step program he has gone through to overcome his addiction. Maybe we should all look at this, regardless of whether we are addicted to something or not, ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a little whiplash. The beginning and the end of the book are very tightly connected to the advertised topic. My main problem with the middle portion of the book is that it seems on loosely (if at all) connected to the advertised topic of overcoming outrage. A lot of this portion of the book sounds like a rehash of material from Mr. Beck's shows, even for someone who hasn't listened in years.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: current-events
Audio book read (very well) by the author. Careful analysis of a large, societal problem, offering a sensible solution based on addiction-recovery strategies. Plenty of personal anecdote, interesting and little-known facts of history, and depth of personal feeling and sincere belief. I recommend this book highly.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a combo of three overarching topics, our outrage, how AI will change our way of life, and what changes we as individuals can make to improve things. It is a lot to digest, and I feel as though I missed a lot listening to the audiobook. That being said, Beck's narration is very enjoyable.
Terry Croyle
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You might be outraged that I rated this book highly, or even that I read it at all. Judge, if you must, but then it may even be more important that you read this book. Nero fiddled while Rome burned, at least Glenn Beck can't be accused of standing idly by (or tweeting little nothings) while homo sapiens extinguished themselves.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
While this book is a little over long, the message is absolutely essential. We need to learn to see each other as human beings first. I hope many will take the time to read this important book on breaking the grip of outrage and start making compassion and action our drivers.
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Glenn Edward Lee Beck is one of America's leading radio and television personalities. His quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality have made The Glenn Beck Program the third highest rated radio program in America and Glenn Beck, one of the most successful new shows on the Fox News Channel. His unique blend of modern-day storytelling and insightful views on current events allowed him to ...more
“Apathy and arrogance: These are the real culprits that affect us all to one degree or another.” 1 likes
“Outrage is also an exceptional weapon that can pierce the armor of nearly any foe. It’s like a bow with three magically tipped arrows: shame, guilt, and fear.” 0 likes
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