Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Ouf-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine

Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Ouf-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine

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#1 New York Times bestselling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck revisits Thomas Paine's Common Sense.

In any era, great Americans inspire us to reach our full potential. They know with conviction what they believe within themselves. They understand that all actions have consequences. And they find commonsense solutions to the…  See more details below


#1 New York Times bestselling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck revisits Thomas Paine's Common Sense.

In any era, great Americans inspire us to reach our full potential. They know with conviction what they believe within themselves. They understand that all actions have consequences. And they find commonsense solutions to the nation’s problems.

One such American, Thomas Paine, was an ordinary man who changed the course of history by penning Common Sense, the concise 1776 masterpiece in which, through extraordinarily straightforward and indisputable arguments, he encouraged his fellow citizens to take control of America’s future—and, ultimately, her freedom.

Nearly two and a half centuries later, those very freedoms once again hang in the balance. And now, Glenn Beck revisits Paine’s powerful treatise with one purpose: to galvanize Americans to see past government’s easy solutions, two-party monopoly, and illogical methods and take back our great country.

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Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 447 reviews.
rnoncology More than 1 year ago
No matter your politics this book will make you think...too much of free thought has been squashed lately so this book is important. I challenge those on both the left and right (and those like me in the middle) to read this book with an open mind.
IloveAmerica More than 1 year ago
I HAVE read this book; and unlike the entry from 6/6/09 (how dare he), I find the book extremely honest and invaluable in understanding the contrast to what the current administration's path vs. our founding fathers. Shame on "how dare he". That entry is a complete illustration of the statist's agenda. This book is a must read, which will open your heart and mind to clear thinking.
NormalNinja More than 1 year ago
I would like to address the last part of the review labeled "Yawn". If you had actually read the book you would know that it contains Thomas Paine's Common Sense. It is a very well done book that warns against the problems of both parties. We must use Common Sense if we want to get out of the troubles our nation is in.
Steve58 More than 1 year ago
Glenn did a great job with this book, showing what has happened to our country,and how to get it back.He tells it from both party sides and how they both have messed up,fair and balanced.The book is hard to put down ,easy reading,and keeps your attention.All it takes is COMMON SENSE,thanks to Glenn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspirational book and great read that will inspire you to take back our country from the duopoly and overthrow both parties. Let the new American revolution begin!
edwardsc More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book! It's amazing that so many facts fit in such a small book - FYI the references are all listed in the back. It includes Thomas Paine's version in the back. Many critics have bashed this book without reading it. To their surprise, Glenn did an excellent job of criticizing both republicans and democrats EQUALLY! I encourage everyone to read this book - but with an open mind. When people stop fighting for government parties and start fighting for our country, we will begin reversing the insanity in Washington. Stop standing up for politicians - They are all bring the same madness to our great country!!
cyby More than 1 year ago
It is interesting to see negative reviews from people that try to make you believe they have read the book when they clearly have not. It seems that they would like to dissuade others from considering concepts contrary to their view. Typical... Read it. Enjoyed it. Engenders contempt for those who would try to mislead others for their own agenda. I will buy 15 copies to give to others in protest of Yawn's dishonesty. Resist liberal tyranny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with common sense. It is also filled with stories that have no common sense whatsoever. Most of these are from our government and the vast majority of them are from the far left. He does attack the right when they act foolishly as well. Most the negative reviews are laughable. They clearly did not read it and were judging it based solely on the fact that they don't like Beck because he is a conservative. Beck has no qualms attacking both sides if they are moronic in their actions. The problem is the left has a stranglehold on that market and they are in power.
alltunedj More than 1 year ago
When I see the negative reviews from people that try to make you think they actually read the book when they surely have not, I want to vomit. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although it scared the daylights out of me. More people need to read it and be scared as well, because the truth hurts sometimes. I have bought several copies to give to others to educate them, as well as in protest of the dishonesty of some of the poor ratings. Resist liberal tyranny NOW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise is simple: the federal government has gone collectively INSANE and we taxpayers and constituents are passively sitting on the sidelines watching them take the ship into massive socialist icebergs. In other words, we've completely ignored common sense. Beck says that we've gotten away from our founding principles, as he says in the book: "The fastest way to be branded a danger, a militia man, or just plain crazy is to quote the words of the Founding Fathers." That should be the first indication that we're not operating on common sense. Beck goes over other indications like the fact that all income tax from every American taxpayer over 10 years wouldn't even cover the debt--not to mention the interest on the debt. Also, Beck highlights absolutely illogical gerrymandering to produce Congressional districts that look a lot like a squirrel after it's been run over by an 18-wheeler (that's my clever analogy). It's not just the Democrats; it's not just the Republicans- they're both in on it. The critics of this book that deride Beck's partisanship are way off base. I guess they haven't read the book! As one of his headers reads, "Political Parties: Dividing the People but taking us to the same place" (that place is evidently debtor's prison.) This is a must-read along with other recent books on the calamity that has befallen us as we are being lead down the road to totalitarian fascism as these puppets fulfill the oligarchy new world order agenda.
WarriorDude More than 1 year ago
Book is excellent, from an excellent patriot!!
BCre8f2 More than 1 year ago
I wish everybody would read and follow what is contained in this book. We have become such a dumbed-down society and if we all just stopped and thought - without influence from media or politicians - we would probably come to these same conclusions. But that's just me...
SamHouston More than 1 year ago
Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine by Glenn Beck Edition: Paperback Price: $7.19 Availability: In Stock 91 used & new from $5.50 Common Sense vs. Politics, October 20, 2009 Considering today's political enviornment, I feel it necessary to emphasize that this is only a review of "Glenn Beck's Common Sense." It is not a review of Glenn Beck, the man. It is not a review of Fox News Channel or the program that Mr. Beck has on that network. It is a book review - period - and that is all it is meant to be. That said, there is a whole lot of common sense in "Glenn Beck's Common Sense" (including a copy of the Thomas Paine work that inspired Beck's book). Simply put, Beck does not trust those who have been elected to represent us in Washington D.C. and he has not trusted them for a long time. He does not trust Democrats, and he does not trust Republicans, to represent properly the wishes of the people who give them their jobs and who pay their salaries. And based on the mood of this country, particularly as expressed since early this summer, Glenn Beck has a lot of company. According to Beck, it is impossible to trust a President and members of Congress when: * They will not tell us any hard truth that would hurt them at the time of their next election * Every President since Carter has promised to lower the country's dependence on foreign oil but we import more oil than ever from our political enemies * They promise a protective fence on our southern border, appropriate the funds, and never intend to build it * They use racial and ethnic politics to keep themselves in office * They see themselves less as public servants than as an entitled political class all their own * They vote as directed by those who contribute the most to their campaign war chests rather than as would be best for those they actually represent * So many of them have one set of tax rules for themselves and another set of rules for the rest of us Make no mistake about it. Glenn Beck believes that we are living in dangerous times and that personal freedoms have never been more under threat in this country than they are today. According to him, these truly are desperate times - but he is not ready to surrender because he believes there is still enough time to fashion a return to the core values that made this country so unique in the world. He is convinced that our best days are not behind us, that we are already on the way back, and that public dissent and debate is what will finally get us there. Rather than waiting for others to express their unease with what is happening in Washington, Beck argues that our newfound sense of urgency should encourage each of us to express, loudly and clearly, our personal misgivings about what we see happening. The country can no longer afford our silence and apathy. Beck believes that the average American has enough common sense to know when something does not pass the smell test. He is betting there are enough Independents to save us from those who have lost touch with their own common sense - Democrats, Republicans and Progressives, alike.
Sambonita More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read! It really opens your eyes and everyone should read it!!!!!!!!!!
nogenre More than 1 year ago
"We may not agree on everything, but we both know that what is now happening does not feel right."-Glenn Beck. It is a well known fact that many people do not agree with Glenn Beck but it is an enjoyable fact that even more people do. I have to admit while reading the facts revealed in this book I have been angry, depressed and felt hopeless. Even so, I did not stop reading and continued to learn something on every page (especially about these people who like to call them selves Progressives). Beck calls for a second revolution fought with minds not muskets. For those of you who need that extra push to get motivated, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK! To quote Beck's Common Sense, ".the cause of freedom is too important to let those who are incapable of self-sufficiency destroy it. Remember, to us, slavery and tyranny are far-fetched concepts that history has righted - but to history, the far-fetched concept is the idea that men should be free." If that does not light a fire under you, I don't know what will.
MTUCivil04 More than 1 year ago
Great book-a note from the get-go-if you plan on reading Thomas Paine's Common Sense first, don't bother purchasing or trying to get this book, it's the second half of this book! I think if you are an avid listener of Glenn Beck, a lot of what is stated in this book is already regularly communicated in his TV and radio shows. The book is really informative, and gives a bunch of "ammo" to argue against those who defend the government and their careless actions. I would strongly recommend this, regardless of your views. If you are pro-spending, pro-progressive, pro-liberal, pro-democrat, this book offers the main opposing point of view. I am a strong believer that you should see both sides of the story before judging. This book does that.
Flea More than 1 year ago
It really makes you have serious dobts about the government and the "Common Sense" it takes to run it. Our congresstional leaders have lost sight of why they are where they are. What happened to the voice of the people, by the people and for the people? Glenn Beck tells it like it it or not....sad, isn't it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
had attended the glenn Beck tour, the book contains a lots of the same information. If this book doesn't make you stand up and take notice of a goverment that needs to be reeled in nothing will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These words of Thomas Paine and Glenn Beck are the impetus of what is needed in America.Common Sense is needed in what our government devoid of where you stand on the political grapevine.
CinciGator More than 1 year ago
Great Book chock full of informative facts. I am not the most avid reader but it held my interest and opened my eyes. I would recommend it to just about anyone. Was glad to see all of the source information was documented
Shorttopp More than 1 year ago
Glenn Beck has taken the foundation that was laid by Thomas Paine and made it relevant to our times. He is concise and makes his points with research-backed examples.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some (haters/deniers AKA Progressives) have written that this book is not factual, but rather, "good story telling." This is far from the truth. One commenter based his/her conclusions on one thing: whether or not the US was the only country to grant citizenship at birth. At least if you are going to try and torpedo a book (or person) come up with something more substantive that that. There is A LOT going on in our great country! Read the book and judge for yourself. I guarantee (if nothing else) it will wake you up.
American-outrage More than 1 year ago
Mr Beck's "Common Sense" book is a well written easily read piece of literature. Following in the footsteps of the writings of Thomas Paine, it makes a good comparison of what is happening in America today and what caused us to rise up in revolt against England. Our Government is out of control right now and reaching out in all directions to steal away many of our basic rights of freedom. America must awaken and stop this downward slide; a Socialistic power grab by an elite few. We are a nation made up of many different groups and races of people. We are held together by the central belief that we can earn and achieve anything that we truly aspire to obtain. As a nation, we have always attracted more immigrants than any other nation in the free world. Why? Because of the hope and the freedoms that we truly stand for. America is the realization of their very dreams. It is founded on a promise of freedom written into our Government's very Constitution. Today, however, some people in our Government want to take away our basic freedoms and to change our Republic into a new socialistic society. The free enterprise system of Capitalism is under attack and those leaders advocating a stronger all encompassing central leadership are power hungry. They want to control and reshape our very lives. They want to take away our independence and to make us all dependants upon our Government. This book clearly demonstrates their ultimate goal with clear examples of fact and well-written supporting arguments. This book is a must read for all concerned citizens of America who value our hard fought and won freedoms that this great nation was founded on. We obtained our rights from God and we loaned some of them to our Government. The Government did not give them to us. Freedom lies with the people and our Government serves us and not the other way around. When a Government attempts to usurp our basic freedoms, then it must be restrained by its citizenry. The founders of America realized this and placed safeguards in our Constitution. Our Republic is the envy of the free world. Do not allow anyone to remold it into a Socialistic form of Government run by a powerful and often secretive leadership.
Cricket16 More than 1 year ago
engaging, stimulating, and extremely well put together. Though he rehashes some ideas that I have seen on his talk show and heard on his radio show, this is a great quick read that will bring you up to date on our political crisis. To those who have noting but negative comments on this book- you obviously did not read this book carefully, have a very left-wing view and wish our nations fabric to be fundamentally changed. If you stand anywhere near the middle road on the issues like me, please do not hesitate to pick up or borrow Beck's Common Sense. It really is one of the most common sense things you could do for yourself right now! A+ on easy, simple facts.
joegizmo More than 1 year ago
Powerful book to listen to and I also bought the book as well to act as companion to the audio book. While I am somewhat biased (listen to Glenn almost every day) I found the book compelling and insightful. If I was not a regular listener I may have said this can't be true, but to check the facts (Glenn always wants you to check his and everyone else's facts) one would be very afraid of what is coming if it is not stopped. To give you some background I am a Veteran of the USAF and a Life Member of the VFW, North American Hunting Club, Buckmasters and an annual member of the NRA, Wildlife Forever and the Knights of Columbus. So you can see I have felt for some time that our country was slipping further and further from what our Founding Fathers intended when they risked their lives to establish this great country. America! It is time to stand up for what we believe this country is all about, and it is not just baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. It is about liberty, freedom and natural law the rights given to us at birth that we lend to the government. It is time to let them know that they work for US! And that WE HAVE HAD - ENOUGH!