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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (119 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander Zaitchik Narrator: Tom Dheere Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Who is this guy and why are people listening?

Forget Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity--Glenn Beck is the Rights new media darling and the unofficial leader of the conservative grassroots. Lampooned by the Left and Lionized by the far Right, his bluster-and-tears brand of political commentary has commandeered attention on both sides of the aisle. Glenn Beck has emerged over the last decade as a unique and bizarre conservative icon for the new century. He encourages his listeners to embrace a cynical paranoia that slides easily into a fantasyland filled with enemies that do not exist and solutions that are incoherent, at best. Since the election of President Barack Obama, Becks bombastic, conspiratorial, and often viciously personal approach to political combat has made him one of the most controversial figures in the history of American broadcasting. In Common Nonsense, investigative reporter Alexander Zaitchik explores Beck's strange brew of ratings lust, boundless ego, conspiratorial hard-right politics, and gimmicky morning-radio entertainment chops.

Separates the facts from the fiction, following Beck from his troubled childhood to his recent rise to the top of the conservative media heap.

Zaitchik's recent three-part series in Salon caused so much buzz, Beck felt the need to attack it on his show.

Based on Zaitchik's interviews with former Beck coworkers and review of countless Beck writings and television and radio shows.

Explains why Beck is always crying, why he has so many conservative enemies, why he's driven by conspiracy theories, and why he's dangerous to the health of the republic.

A contributing writer to Alternet, Zaitchik's reporting has appeared in the New Republic, the Nation, Salon, Wired, Reason, and The Believer.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rob Banks | 1/23/2014

    " Provided some interesting insight unto a delusional point of view. I agree with another review that I was left wanting toward the end. I was disappointed when the author included some basic "name calling" comments that cheapened his arguments. His points about Beck's stability and mental perspective were made without those comments. I would have rated this book higher minus them. I am glad I read this book in that I have a better frame of reference for Beck's comments and behavior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deanie | 1/4/2014

    " The title tells it all. For most people, if you don't care for Beck, you will appreciate the material and if you do like him, you won't read this book. For me, the author proved his case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Adam Fangman | 10/25/2013

    " Glenn Beck - slaughtered. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zach | 10/25/2013

    " With elegant writing and wit worthy of the comedy central satirists, Zaitchik delivers the bitch slap that Glenn Beck so richly deserves. "

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