Broke - Glenn Beck

Broke

By Glenn Beck

  • Release Date: 2010-10-26
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
Broke book review score

3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 572 Ratings)

Broke Glenn Beck Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

THE FACTS.

THE FUTURE.

THE FIGHT TO FIX AMERICA—

BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

In the words of Harvard economist 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 broken faith in government, the broken promises by our leaders, and a broken political system that has centralized power at the expense of individual rights.

There is a lot of work ahead, but we can’t move forward until we first understand how we got here. Starting with the American Revolution, Glenn takes readers on an express train through 234 years of history, culminating with the Great Recession and the bipartisan recklessness of Presidents Bush and Obama. It’s the history lesson we all wished we’d had in school. (Did you know, for example, that FDR once made a key New Deal policy decision based on his lucky number?)

Along the way, you’ll see how everything you thought you knew about the political parties is a lie, how Democrats and Republicans alike used to fight for minimum government and maximum freedom, and how both parties have been taken over by a cancer called “progressivism.” By the end, you’ll understand why no president, no congress and no court can fix this problem alone. Looking toward them for answers is like looking toward the ocean for drinking water— it looks promising, but the end result is catastrophic.

After revealing the trail of lies that brought us here, Broke exposes the truth about what we’re really facing. Most people have seen pieces of the puzzle, but very few have ever seen the whole picture—and for very good reason: Our leaders have done everything in their power to hide it. If Americans understood how dire things really are, they would be demanding radical reform right now. Despite the rhetoric, that’s not the kind of change our politicians really believe in.

Finally, Broke provides the hope that comes with knowing the truth. Once you see what we’re really up against, it’s much easier to develop a realistic plan. To fix ourselves financially, Glenn argues, we have to fix ourselves first. That means some serious introspection and, ultimately, a series of actions that will unite all Americans around the concept of shared sacrifice. After all, this generation may not be asked to storm beaches, but we are being asked to do something just as critical to preserving freedom.

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 rights, an uncompromising adherence to the Constitution, and a complete rethinking about the role of government in a free society, Glenn exposes the idea of “transformation” for the progressive smokescreen that it is, and instead builds a compelling case that restoration is the only way forward.

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User reviews about this book

  • Read your history

    4
    By run4jc
    Why do we have to constantly make this a 'Republican versus Democrat' issue. Have you read the book? There's enough blame to go around! Beck blames the last Bush almost as much as Obama. If you actually read the book you'll see that Beck picks no party favorites...it's ACTIONS that he is reporting on and evaluating. Here are some suggestions that have no party affliliation: Read the Constitution Read History Study basic economics Then read "Broke" Then report back.
  • Read the book

    5
    By Saint_123
    This book is great and full of information that no one else is willing to share either because of ignorance or because they don't want us to know. Oh and all you 1 star idiots don't worry everything is alright just go back to sleep.
  • Hey Libs! READ THE BOOK before your review!

    4
    By Dronkny
    Kk you use a review to past beck an conservatives without obviously ever reading the book. You're useless! I look at the rest of the one star reviews and surprise, none of them have read it. What a bunch of low life liars!
  • Great book

    5
    By Cayden Griesbach
    People who think he makes stuff or goes over board with things...are WRONG! He gives you facts and all of the work that has been done for this book was not only glenn but with a team of experts. So please all you liberals stop saying dumb things that you don't no what your talking about!
  • Meh

    3
    By Industrialpress
    While beck presents his case quite well I have to disagree with what he has to say, if history has told us anything it's that large companies will abuse the power they obtain without proper regulation. Progressivism emerged because laissez-faire capitalism mistreated it's employees and consumers.
  • Great job!

    5
    By angrysurgeon
    And to think all of these one star reviews came from people who didn't even read the book... Yet it's the democrats that say republicans are "being mean" to them. All Glenn Beck is doing is putting together the pure facts about what is going on in this country. Isn't it interesting how the liberals take such offense to everyone seeing what they're doing behind our backs?
  • Beck 2012

    5
    By MollygraceZ71
    I'm only in my twenties, but this man has taught me more about this nations politics than any other teacher in a formal classroom setting, or google for that matter. He tells it like it is, not political-hug a rainbow-mumbo jumbo. I bet you the same people who rated this one star, are the same people to talked crap about bush 5 years ago. I sincerely hope they read this book. Maybe they'll finally understand what our country was founded on.
  • Great Book

    5
    By Reganron
    Enjoyed reading!
  • Dear K.K.

    5
    By wazzletoff
    Last time I checked, our beloved leader had stated that all military operations are finished in Iraq, and since we never actually declared war on Afghanistan, only the Taliban, and since they are done, that war is technically over as well. So, treason has not been committed. All those who were so verbal about being anti-Bush could have been considered treasonous, but when you officially call something off, that card is removed from your hand. Not to mention that every soldier has sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, "both foreign and domestic". Our Constitution is being ignored and attacked, and we as the people who are governed by that great document must defend it, for if we do not, who will? Glenn does such an amazing job of being vocal about what he believes to be true, that you have to have some measure of respect for him in his ability to boldly stand up and defend what he believes. This book is just one more testament to the fact that this country is on the fast track to even bigger problems than what we have now. If someone sees a problem, they need to warn others, and that is what Glenn does in this book. It is amazing, well written, and should be shared with everyone. May God have mercy on our nation, and may Providence prove us wrong, that is is not too late to change the course that our great nation is on.
  • Excellent wake up message

    5
    By PepshiSTL
    This is an excellent book filled with many points of history and facts. You can't argue with 50 pages of footnotes. I haven't heard anyone dispute the facts of the book. Dissenters merely spout hate speech and engage in name calling. If you don't like Beck, please tell me specifically where he is wrong. Crickets....

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