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The Overton Window

(Overton Window #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  6,298 ratings  ·  935 reviews
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
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Published June 15th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Audio
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Jul 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
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.”
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Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 20, 2011 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'
Jul 07, 2010 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 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Brent McGregor
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Douglas Wilson
Jul 12, 2010 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
Jul 16, 2015 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
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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.

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Oct 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Doran Barton
Aug 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 23, 2010 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
I'll give Glenn (and his collaborators) 2 Stars for this one. The concept was fine but the book was too short to accommodate what he wanted to get across. The characters and situations are just too cardboard and disjointed. Glenn knows his history and will make sure he gets his points across, like a slap upside the head. I like Glenn but he needed to spend more time and words to get this one right. ...more
Not as bad as lefties want it to be, not as good as Beck's fans want it to be. A pretty good first effort on Beck's part, though. It started off great, but was slow to get to any action. What little of it there was was largely unsatisfying. And Beck was more interested in setting up a sequel for an apparent series than he was in crafting a good ending. I'm sure I'll pick up the next book, anyway. ...more
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm not the biggest fan of political thrillers or even politics in general, but Glenn Beck spins a great yarn, and the ending makes me want to get my hands on the sequel as soon as possible. ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This is Glenn Beck's attempt to put all his rhetoric and ideas into a fictional setting. I don't necessarily disagree with the premise, but it is not "Atlas Shrugged." There is no plot worthy to uphold all his lofty ideals. When I got to part three I was finally excited to see some action and adventure, and then..... nothing. WTH!?
So, read if you want some thinking and a little Glenn Beck time. To everyone else, avoid.
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
It ended up being pretty interesting, but it seemed to start slow and then a lot of stuff happened all at once. I don't regret reading it, but I also likely won't add it to my permanent library. I do plan to read Eye of Moloch though. ...more
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not a boring book, but if I was supposed to solve mysteries, I'd have called Scooby-Doo, for I did not understand a thing in here. ...more
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political, fiction
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
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by the description on the back of the book. This was a pretty good conspiracy type thriller. The story sets up a rather scary scenario where rich and powerful members of society have been working, for many years, to control the populace by declaring that the old ways of America, its constitution and the idea of freedom, are a failed experiment. Their plan is to transform America slowly , until they finally have complete control. When the son of one of the staunch supporters of th ...more
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 rated it liked it
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
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
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