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Broke : The Plan to Restore our Trust, Truth and Treasure

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In the words of Harvard historian Niall Ferguson, the United States is “an empire on the edge of chaos.” Why? Glenn Beck thinks the answer is pretty simple: Because we've turned our backs on the Constitution.

Yes, our country is financially broke, but that's just a side effect of our broken spirit, our bro
Hardcover, First Edition, 406 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Threshold Editions
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This book is the Road to Serfdom pt. 2, albeit not as complicated. If you don't like Glenn you still owe it to yourself to read it. He does something very few writers do and thats not take political sides. In this book he looks at the numbers and the policies of the leaders and shows the pain they have caused. Repubs don't fare well, and they shouldn't, and that includes Reagan!

Glenn is very hard on Bush for one thing and applauds some of the things Clinton did. He shows the slight of hand used
Jan 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Another book in true Glenn Beck form. Once again, he's fighting to save America.

The book is written in a somewhat 'textbook' format, with lots of little diagrams and inserts on each and every page to better illustrate and provide little bits of info, quotes, and facts on related topics.

The first part of the book focuses on the American PAST, the Founding Father's intent, various presidents, our Constitution and Declaration of Independence, etc.
Then he discusses the ever-growing financial debt
Avel Rudenko
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
One of the best political books I have ever read. If everything Mr. Beck said was obviously wrong I would still read his books because they are extremely entertaining. This is probably his second best only to "Arguing With Idiots". It is definitely more polical then his others and a lot less comedy i.e. "ADD Moments" although more "Teachable Moments" and the like. After all, his show is an entertainment show. The layout and graphics make for very enjoyable and easy read. The extensive footnotes ...more
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Let me first preface this by saying that, while I am a conservative, and like Glenn Beck generally, he can be a bit of a kook-a-doodle. However, this book really ought to be required reading for all Americans. It just so happens that I was reading this while the newest U.S. budget was being introduced, along with all the protests in Wisconsin, and it was amazing the rhetoric that I could cut through just by being an INFORMED CITIZEN. Not only did I have the historical background of ho ...more
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Alan by: Father
This book is AMAZING! Perfectly describes the history of debt in America and the progressivism that drives it, our current problems with debt, and a suggested plan on how to fix it.

Perhaps you feel that you are just one voice out of 300 million people and cannot make a difference in shaping the political landscape of this country. Perhaps you feel like it is futile to get involved in politics. Perhaps you feel like things are so out of control that you have given up hope of ever reigning in the
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Here is the problem as I see it: Americans want two things at the same time. On the one hand, "we" want good schools, police officers, fire stations, mail, well-maintained roads and bridges, an unbeatable military, a 'smart grid,' environmental protections, and a strong social safety net that includes housing, medical care, and food security. We want NPR, community grants, scientific research, FEMA, the CIA, the FBI, and NASA. On the other hand...we don't want to pay for it. Or, to be more speci ...more
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
Restarting the Economic Machine of America

Broke - Restarting the Economic Machine of America: The author Glenn Beck explains why he believes the American economy and America as a country has become weak and arrived at the state of being completely broke. What Americans can do to restore the pride of Old Glory? The author emphasizes the importance of understanding the economic policies that has faltered in the last 234 years, beginning with the American Revolution and ending with what he refers t
Terry Cornell
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
A much better book than Beck's 'Arguing with Idiots'. Although published in 2010, the book shows not much has changed with our federal government, other than the deficit continues to grow by leaps and bounds. We not only are broke, but our government is broken. Beck leaves out much of his quirky humor he displayed in his 'Idiot' book. Beck covers the budgetary history of our country through the administrations which I found revealing and entertaining. He then goes into great detail revealing the ...more
Marc Larsen
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
America is broke. And Glenn Beck knows how it happened, why, and how we as a people can fix it. The national debt is currently in the range of 13,000,000,000,000 dollars. In 1900, the richest man in America could pay off the national debt. Now, the two richest men in the United States, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, pooled every cent they had, they could pay the interest for 3 months. So obviously there is some sort of issue with our debt here. A lot of it has to do with too much spending. People ...more
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I think this is probably Beck's best book to date. This book takes a nonpartisan look at spending in Washington and its' impact on our country. Unlike the description above, Republicans and Democrats are both skewered, as they should be, for irresponsible and unsustainable spending and the danger it has put our country in. I think the other interesting aspect is looking at the personal debt in the country. I have been reading this book with another incredibly interesting read called Living Large ...more
Jeff Stockett
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
This book was excellent. It was filled with history about how our country got to where it is today followed by a few common sense solutions.

It delves into ideas such as how the government defines surplus and deficit (it's not as common sense as you think, and it involves some tricky accounting), the role of taxation in our economy and the credit rating of our country.

This book was filled with facts. It has 50 pages of footnotes at the end for those who want to verify sources. I really liked the
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I think I learned more from this book about our government and how it works (or doesn't currently) than I ever learned in school or from the media or anywhere else. It was a real eye-opener. It also was very frustrating to me to read about all the problems our politicians (who we elected) have gotten us into, and it makes it feel impossible to fix. What can I do as one lowly person to fix all the problems our country has? I think a lot of issues we have today are caused by ignorance, plain and s ...more
Jerry Lingle
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Please read this book if you plan to Vote in 2012--it should be required reading for everyone who is planning to VOTE in the 2012 presidential election.

Packed with great stories from history, chalkboard-style teachable moments, custom illustrations, and Glenn Beck’s trademark combination of entertainment and enlightenment, Broke makes the case that when you’re traveling in the wrong direction, slight course corrections won’t cut it—you need to take drastic action. Through a return to individual
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very good read - A MUST read for EVERY American today - kinda like a text book - 3 Sections - 1)The Past is Prologue: a little American history in politics, economics, etc - 2)The Crime of the Century: Truth, Cover-up & How it Happened - 3)The Plan: Steps to get us out of our current problems - 50 pages of citations to review and verify, "Facts can be Stubborn Things" ...more
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
Should be mandatory reading for anyone who works for the Federal Government or who provides funding to the Federal Government.
Dec 06, 2020 added it
People either seem to love Glenn Beck, his tv and radio shows, and his writings, or they simply hate him. I find his sense of humor wonderfully sarcastic, and usually enjoy what he has to say in his books, which are perhaps not as dramatic as his shows. I'm definitely a numbers kind of guy, and Beck lays out plenty of numbers in Broke, without it being mind-numbingly overpowering.

For the most part, he remains fairly non-partisan in this book, laying out the historical evidence why NO administrat
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
If you don't hold Beck in high esteem, read this anyway. I was almost willing to give this 5 stars, except a few pages with too many numbers/budgets had my eyes glazing over. BUT forget that - Beck puts forth, quite simply (unlike our government, who is in denial) all the facts about our $13,000,000,000,000 (that's TRILLION, count the zeros) debt, how we got there, why it's still getting larger (Obama's $42 trillion budget! what is he thinking???), and what we can do about it. We'd better start ...more
John Johnson
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
This book should have been titled "Everything Progressives Do is Bad and Everything Bad Was Done By Progressives." Glenn Beck hates progressives and that is what this book is really about. While there are good points in the book, it is full of fallacy and some outright falsehoods and that is a shame. I agree with Beck that our national debt is a serious problem and I wish our government would balance the budget and pay it off. Beck believes the only way to do that is to have a government that sp ...more
Alex Shrugged
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a highly produced and well organized book on the issues we are messing up within government concerning overspending and destroying the private sector. If you have been listening to Glenn Beck's radio show then you are already familiar with these idea. Thus you may not benefit from this book. You already know it, but it can serve as a reference if you are having a debate with others who disagree. Although I cannot imagine why people would disagree, I have noticed that people do, often lou ...more
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Lots of information (and opinion, lol!). The design and heft make it feel like a college textbook, which, imo, was unnecessary. (Maybe he felt it would lend credibility? Or he could charge more per copy that way? Or maybe it was an ACTUAL textbook? Idk)

The main beef I had is that there are a billion little pop-outs of antecdotes, blurbs, quotes, statistics, etc. that really inhibit the flow if you try to read them with the accompanying paragraphs. I gave up part-way through and read only the mai
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Glen Beck is a nationally-syndicated radio and talk show host. He is a true scholar of American history and the constitution. Glen's books are filled with facts, charts, quotes, and foot-notes. He clearly explains complicated issues. He makes all this very interesting to me, a person who has never spent time studying the past. In this particular book, he explains why the national debt is everybody's business! ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m sympathetic to many of Mr. Beck’s points and ideology. In fact, I endorse some of his policy points. I can appreciate the historical perspectives and lengthy citations, but ultimately this book is just another in the propaganda machine from the right during President Obama’s presidency. I wish that Mr. Beck and other conservative commentators had the gumption to stand up for their beliefs now rather than only in hindsight in order to make money.
James Cowan
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how many ways you can say the same thing over and over again, but there are clearly more ways than I knew of. There are some undeniable and troubling truths about our financial condition in this book, but I found it short on resolutions and a little too long on hyperbole. ...more
Sarah Tailor
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Glenn does a great job researching the elephants in the room. This book was eye-opening.
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other
I was pleasantly surprised by this book overall, and consider it a very useful piece of literature.

The book is split into 3 parts, although the first two are very similar in nature. The first two look at the America's dire financial situation as of 2010; it's only gotten worse) and how it came to be. Gives a brief survey of economic history from the American Revolution to today. It is very well-researched; it has over 50 pages of citations in the endnotes (which, if you watched Glenn Beck's show
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is full of things that I didn't know about how our government was set up, and about how it is being run now. It also has a plan to restore America. I hope everybody can get a chance to read it.
his is a well written, well researched, and well laid out examination of the crisis we are in, how we got here, and how we can get out. Read it and you'll take away 10 key points:

1. There are very few things happening today that haven't happened to someone, somewhere before. History is a great t
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, glenn-beck
This is an outstanding political science book!

It is split into 3 parts; The Past is Prologue, The Crime of the Century, and The Plan. Part 1 is a review of history and a look at how Progressives in both parties have gotten us to this point. If you're someone that still buys into the Republican vs. Democrat game, it's time for you to move on. For anyone that thinks Beck is some kind of Republican hack, you're an idiot, there's no nice way to put it. Beck presents the unedited truth about all admi
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
I watch very little TV and I try not to pay a heavy amount of attention on what’s on the daily news sites. What I'm far more interested in the underlying trend of society and human behavior that is driving the news. With that being said the only knowledge of Glenn Beck was a few mentions by friends and turning on the TV in the hotel room and listening to his crazy rants on TV. First reaction was shock, then concern, then an understanding of his motives. This deserves a whole other topic.

I tried
Nov 18, 2010 rated it liked it
The parts I found most interesting was the history portion and how we got where we are today (hint: I think Woodrow Wilson is part of the problem). I thought that in terms of the modern presidents he remained fairly non-partisan with a fairly robust criticism of Bush and the Republican congress especially in regard to medicare prescription drugs. He was surprisingly fair to Clinton and almost implies that impeachment and perjury blocked needed entitlement reform during the late nineties.

The acc
I think this book is so important for Americans to read. It is well researched with references listed clearly. It is also pretty easy to read because of the entertaining style and the interesting layout. I found the book bipartisan - he illustrates mistakes made by presidents from both political parties. He also suggests cuts in everything from federal education spending to national defense.

The first half of the book is about the fall of previous nations and how we got into the situation we are
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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

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