The Overton Window

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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 debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

For Noah Gardner,...

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Overview

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 debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

For Noah Gardner, a twentysomething public relations executive, it’s safe to say that political theory is the furthest thing from his mind. Smart, single, handsome, and insulated from the world’s problems by the wealth and power of his father, Noah is far more concerned about the future of his social life than the future of his country.

But all of that changes when Noah meets Molly Ross, a woman who is consumed by the knowledge that the America we know is about to be lost forever. She and her group of patriots have vowed to remember the past and fight for the future—but Noah, convinced they’re just misguided conspiracy-theorists, isn’t interested in lending his considerable skills to their cause.

And then the world changes.

An unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to the core and puts into motion a frightening plan, decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way. Amidst the chaos, many don’t know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact—or, more important, which side to fight for.

But for Noah, the choice is clear: Exposing the plan, and revealing the conspirators behind it, is the only way to save both the woman he loves and the individual freedoms he once took for granted.

After five back-to-back #1 New York Times bestsellers, national radio and Fox News television host Glenn Beck has delivered a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that seamlessly weaves together American history, frightening facts about our present condition, and a heart-stopping plot. The Overton Window will educate, enlighten, and, most important, entertain—with twists and revelations
no one will see coming.

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This novel by conservative pundit Glenn Beck centers its concatenations firmly around the Overton Window. What, you wonder, is the Overton Window? It is the political theory that proposes that the range of acceptable political ideas is widened by the introduction of new, less acceptable fringe ideas. Not surprisingly, this hypothesis plays out entertainingly in this fringe-decorated fiction. (Hand-selling tip: Pile it high; watch it fly. Glenn Beck always sells well.)

From the Publisher
"Glenn Beck has just shattered the fiction barrier. The Overton Window is the perfect all-American thriller."

—Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A novel ripped from today's headlines and destined to be as controversial as it is eye-opening. No matter your politics, this Hitchcockian thriller will have you turning pages well into the night."

—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

"A visionary work of fiction. One of the best thrillers I've read in years."

—Vince Flynn, New York Times bestselling author

"Glenn Beck never fails to amaze. The Overton Window, a rip-roaring read of the first order, is as good a political thriller as you're going to find this year."

—Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author

“From the moment you open Glenn Beck's The Overton Window, you are looking through his eyes — and like the best thriller writers out there, Glenn knows that the very best way to scare us is to show us what can really happen. Get ready to sleep with the lights on. This is the one. You'll never look at history the same way again.” –#1 NYT bestselling author Brad Meltzer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451625288
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 215,027
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network, is an eleven-time #1 bestselling author and is one of the few authors in history to have had #1 national bestsellers in the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s picture book genres. His recent fiction works include the thrillers Agenda 21, The Overton Window, and its sequel, The Eye of Moloch; his many nonfiction titles include Miracles and Massacres, Control, and Being George Washington. For more information about Glenn Beck, his books, and TheBlaze TV network, visit GlennBeck.com and TheBlaze.com.

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CHAPTER 1

Most people think about age and experience in terms of years, but it’s really only moments that define us. We stay mostly the same and then grow up suddenly, at the turning points.

His life being pretty sweet just as it was, Noah Gardner had devoted a great deal of effort in his first twenty-something years to avoiding such defining moments at all costs.

Not that his time had gone entirely wasted. Far from it. For one thing, he’d spent a full decade building what most guys would call an outstanding record of success with the ladies. Good-looking, great job, fine education, puckishly amusing and even clever when he put his mind to it, reasonably fit and trim for an office jockey, Noah had all the bona fide credentials for a killer eHarmony profile. Since freshman year at NYU he’d rarely spent a weekend night alone; all he’d had to do was keep the bar for an evening’s companionship set at only medium-high.

As he’d rounded the corner of age twenty-seven and stared the dreaded number thirty right in the face, Noah had begun to realize something about that medium-high bar: it takes two to tango. While he’d been aiming low with his standards in the game of love, the women he’d been meeting might all have been doing exactly the same thing. Now, on his twenty-eighth birthday, he still wasn’t sure what he wanted in a woman but he knew what he didn’t want: arm candy. He was sick of it. Maybe, just maybe, it was time to consider thinking about getting serious.

It was in the midst of these deep ruminations on life and love that the woman of his dreams first caught his eye.

There was nothing remotely romantic about the surroundings or the situation. She was standing on tiptoe, reaching up high to pin a red, white, and blue flier onto a patch of open cork on the company bulletin board. And he was watching, frozen in time between the second and third digits of his afternoon selection at the snack machine.

Top psychologists tell us in Maxim magazine that the all-important first impression is set in stone within about ten seconds. That might not sound like much, but when you count it off it’s a long damn time for a guy to stare uninvited at a female coworker. By the four-second mark Noah had made three observations.

First, she was hot, but it was an aloof and effortless hotness that almost double-dared you to bring it up. Second, she wasn’t permanent staff, probably just working as a seasonal temp in the mailroom or another high-turnover department. And third, even in that lowly position, she wasn’t going to survive very long at Doyle & Merchant.

They say you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have. That’s especially true in the public relations business, considering that that’s where appearance is reality. Apparently the job this girl wanted was head greeter at the Grateful Dead Cultural Preservation Society. But that wasn’t quite right; she didn’t strike him as a wannabe hipster or a retro-sixties flower child. It was more than the clothes, it was the whole picture, the way she carried herself, like a genuine free spirit. An appealing vibe, to be sure, but there was really no place for that sort of thing—neither the outfit nor the attitude—in the buttoned-up world of top-shelf New York City PR.

At about five seconds into his first impression, something else about her struck him, and he completely lost track of time.

What struck him was a word, or, more precisely, the meaning of a word: line. More powerful than any other element of design, a line is the living soul of a piece of art. It’s the reason a simple logo can be worth tens of millions of dollars to a corporation. It’s the thing that makes you believe that a certain car, or a pair of sunglasses, or the cut of a jacket can make you into the person you want to be.

The definition he’d received from an artist friend was rendered not in words but in a picture. Just seven light strokes of a felt-tip marker on a blank white page and before his eyes had appeared the purest essence of a woman. There was nothing lewd about it, but it was the sexiest drawing Noah had ever seen in his life.

And that is what struck him. There it was at the bulletin board, that same exquisite line, from the toes of her sandals all the long, lovely way up to her fingertips. Unlikely as it must seem, he knew right then that he was in love.

© 2009 Glenn Beck

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    domestic terrorist thriller novel

    "the overton window" is a remarkable thriller by glenn beck in this novel he takes a look at possible situation were a radical group threatens a serious situation in the united states and in this very fasinating book the writer gives us a very detailed look into the lifes of the politics and lifes of all sides of the groups involved this truly gives an inside account of many views on many sides of the issues. with glenn becks research and background there will be many charaters that will come to life and most likly be very familer to real people in the political arena. great gift idea for a friend or family member.

    60 out of 76 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2010

    Glenn Beck does it again...

    This is a fictional read, but how could you go wrong with Beck?? As usual, he possesses the insight to see through today's political bull. Think he's crazy? Okay, you are entitled to your own opinion...don't buy his book. But either way please keep in mind that this is not meant to be some kind of exact prediction of America's future, just a warning, eloquently worded, to bring the danger to your attention. Keeping your head in the sand won't help our nation any. Try widening your horizons a bit, you might find that he wasn't so crazy after all.

    37 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    First shot at a genre...and not too bad.

    First, let me say this review is about the BOOK, not the person who wrote it. Whatever your or my feelings about him simply don't matter to this review. So I continue, I really loved this book. It was not the most exquisitely written piece but it is very easy to read and keeps your mind on the plot at all times. Several of the characters came across as a bit one-dimensional, but all of the main characters were very well developed and interesting individuals. The plot combines enough fiction to keep the reader glued to the page, and contains enough fact to give this book a huge scare factor. Though this may be the author's first attempt at writing a thriller, I was impressed with it and will no doubt reread it again soon.

    29 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

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    Good First Fiction Effort

    I don't know how Glenn Beck finds time to write anything, considering his radio and TV shows. This is a good first thriller. I've written more than a dozen thrillers myself, and I wish I had his marketing folks working for me. Beck is the man!

    29 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2010

    The left will hate this book.

    This book will get negatively reviewed by the media. They won't read it, but they will hate it. If they took the time to actually read the book, they still might not like the book, but they could not slam the writing. This book is well worth the read.

    24 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

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    Not at all biased

    Wow ... I have to say ... I really dont have a dog in this fight. I have never watched Mr Beck or any of his colleagues, enemies, nemesis or any political pundit. They just dont matter unless you need someone to validate what you already think. Keith Olbermann is as bad as Sean Hannity is as bad as Maddow is ... well you get the drift. So I came at this book from the point of view that it was a novel and I don't care who wrote it. And I have to say .... this really isn't very good. I'm sorry if Glenn is your political hero but a fiction wirter he isn't. The characters are pretty poorly developed and the story has more holes than an Iraqi Highway. There were things I liked .... the basic story is pretty good ... but the concept that someone has been manipulating events is far from original. Still the way in which it's done is pretty original. Mostly I jut don't buy the characters who always seem to react in the perfect way whether it suits their character or not. I give it a 2 ... if you see the paperback on the used bookstire shelf in 3 years it's worth a go ... or a library copy. But it is in no way worth spending $20 on unless you just need it to fill out your Glenn Beck Shrine.

    20 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

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    Skip the Book. Watch the TV Show.

    Let me make this review of Glenn Beck's The Overton Window short and sweet. Skip the book. Watch the TV show.
    All politics aside, The Overton Window is an amateurish attempt at a political thriller. Reading it had the feel of the Glenn Beck Show without the chalkboard.
    The nugget of the story is good. I would have loved it if Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, or David Baldacci had taken this story on. They would have developed the characters better and given us more action.
    For example, I'm glad to know that the giant hillbilly makes his own ammo and ghost writes revolutionary books at the safe house. I kept waiting for him to pop up and fire the first shot of the new revolution or something. Maybe he can ghost write the sequel. It can't be any worse than this.
    I like political thrillers. Most of the main authors in the genre know how to get the message across without it getting in the way of the story. Some do but choose not to. Like Richard North Patterson, whose books I stopped reading when he began using them to head-butt me with his politics.
    The Overton Window is like that. Beck's message is as subtle as a Chicago ward boss on election day.
    Do yourself a favor. If you want to get the message, watch Glenn Beck. If you want a good political thriller, Brad Thor has a new book out.

    19 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

    Glad he's writing fiction too!

    This is a great book! I can only hope that it reaches some of those who won't listen unless they are "entertained." You know...the John Steward, View etc crowd. The ones who can't discuss a topic past the "bumper sticker" statement.

    16 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

    A Fun Guilty Pleasure

    Honestly, I enjoyed this book. Putting politics aside, I found it engaging enough that I read it in one sitting. Yes, there were plot holes, continuity issues, and the characters could not have been flatter (there is one attempt at a dynamic character, but it is predictable and not very skillfully done), but the action ensured that I didn't put the book down until it was finished. Within the first three chapters I was reminded of the "Left Behind" Series (which was also fraught with writing issues, but nonetheless held my interest). The right director could use this as the raw material for a great movie. Overall, a fun way to pass a summer afternoon.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2010

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    Good

    This and Patriot are both really good books.. I was surprised how good this was. good "fiction-but based on some facts" book where the usa is on a path to economic destruction..

    11 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

    Glenn Beck has done it again!

    Another page turner! I purchased this for my E-reader on my i pod and LOVED it!!!!!! Glenn Beck is my hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2010

    Big Let Down

    What began as a novel should have ended as a novel

    9 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

    Plot Thin but good Showcase for the ideas presented

    This book is worth a read. Glenn Beck attempts to answer the question - "What the Heck is going on with our Country?" He cites documents and references for people to investigate for themselves. Most intriguing is his use of Kipling's poem, "Gods of the CopyBook Headings" as a main pivot in his plot.

    The Synopsis is this - America, you need to wake up and pay attention to what is going on. Don't believe what people tell you, but check it out for yourself. As your rights are being eroded and the nation's mindset being changed, we could find ourselves enslaved because there is a group of people who believe the world will be a much better place if they were in charge and the little people were their subjects. They are determined to destroy the USA to bring that about and they don't care what they have to do to make it happen. What you see in the headlines can be far from the truth and each person must begin to question - Is this news report trying to manipulate me in to acting in a certain way?

    The only way to bring about change is if citizens inform themselves on the issues and make sure they get out and vote in elections.

    Definitely a read to make you think.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2010

    Good novel. Not really anything new.

    I preferred "Patriots" by James Wesley Rawles. That is the real thing, written before it's time, but has the ability to predict what is happening now, and I think what is our future. Scary, but true.

    Also, "Alas, Babylon" and "Lucifer's Hammer".

    8 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

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    The devil is in the details, The Overton Window

    I found The Overton Window to have a very good plot and interesting characters. While I did in fact enjoy the book, I believe there could have been much more information to make the book that much more enjoyable. This being the first fictional book written by Glen Beck in this venue, shows promise for someone just getting into this style of fiction. It was easy reading and I enjoyed the lack of foul language and sex that many authors believe they need to write a story. It was interesting to see a story woven with today's politics. There could have been so much more added to this book and it's a shame to let so much detail go to waist, but if you're not into a heavy read and just want a good story, then this is a great book to be sure. I would like to see a sequel and with much more information added, 321 pages is just a bit short for this kind of book in my opinion. Very well written though with great potential!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

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    Of all the great writers waiting to find a home out of the slush piles in editors offices...

    This trite is a #5 bestseller? Really? Really? Most writers can't even get a look, but this tv talking head can get a fiction novel on the bestseller? Makes me want to turn my computer into a fish tank and give up. Did he buy this slot? How much did it cost? I'll take out a loan! This 'novel' is to his tv show as a buffy the vampire novel is to the buffy the vampire tv show...wake up!

    7 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2010

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    always good

    GB makes his usually great sense.

    7 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2010

    eye closing

    This is not the battle cry manifesto I was looking for but a real "lets all get along" sleeper!
    Save your paycheck if you still get one.

    7 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2010

    Great book. Very informative

    I found Glenn's latest book to be both thrilling and informative. His characters are strong. He could have spent more time on developing the plot, but it is intended to be an easy and quick read to appeal to the masses. Worth the read.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

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    Warning: No panthers were harmed in the "writing" of this review.

    If it weren't for the plot holes, shallow characters, and idiotic dialog this book would still be worthless. I'm surprised there weren't any Nazi's in the book! C'mon Glenn, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that people aren't out to get you.

    This would be a perfect gag gift for a friend, but only if you buy it from the $1 book bins. You wouldn't want your friends thinking you paid full price for this turkey.

    6 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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