Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance
A book by Alexander Zaitchik
"A gripping and thoroughly researched Beck biography." —Joe Conason,Salon “Common Nonsense will tell [his fans] more than they’ve ever known about Beck, but it will challenge the premises of his stories and his … see full wiki
Alexander Zaitchick's critical biography of Glenn Beck is well researched, revealing and tedious. You'll learn more than you probably want to know about Beck, but if you buy this book you're probably already aghast at the hate-talker's loathsome behavior and don't really need more information to mold your opinion. The short-hand version is that he is as horrible as you imagined, probably believes very little of what he says (he's only in it for the money), doesn't care what damage he does to democratic … more
While amazon vine categorized this volume as 'history', I cannot say I would wholly agree. IF I had to accept that category, it would definitely need to include the word 'pop.' While in and of itself the book is a fascinating read, for more reasons than one, there are also more than a few weaknesses. This is not an unbiased/objective account, nor does it pretend to be. There are references and end notes sprinkled throughout the text and at the end, but not enough to warrant the idea that this was … more
There isn't really a whole lot to say about a book written about a political figure. The supporters of whomever is the subject (or of the author) will rave about it, and the detractors will hate it. I can say that the book is well researched, and backed up by a legion of footnotes of sources and annotations. I can say that the book does have a bias, and it is most decidedly anti-Beck. I can say that the book attempts to treat the subject matter fairly and dispassionately, but their clear goal is … more
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