Broke - Glenn Beck


By Glenn Beck

  • Release Date: 2010-10-26
  • Genre: Political Science
Broke book review score

3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 573 Ratings)

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





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

  • Bravo Beck! Great read!

    By Sticky78
    Highly recommend regardless of party affiliation.
  • Astounding... Ground-Breaking Work

    By Andrew Yatteau
    A stirring review of our history's baggage, moral and economical. Beck clearly outlines the devious tactics of progressives in both parties, as well as common sense solutions to our problems today. A must-read for all those not seeking to be "led blindly to the slaughter."
  • An embarrasment!

    By Mr. Opinionated
    All educated persons must be appalled at the divisiveness in this poorly assembled book. Truly terrible.
  • Read the book before commenting

    By Gremlinus
    Does anyone read these books before deciding what they are about? Apple please change the policies. I want book reviews not political rhetoric.
  • Awesome

    By ChaseHughes
    I don't always agree with Glen, but this book is well worth the read. Very enraging and enlightening.
  • For hornsup

    By Got to be kidim
    You are very , I'm sorry, I mean in he least bit educated in that we (US govt) can't as you say , raise taxes to pay off debts, if we give large breaks for buying American, as these companies are our largest tax payers. We need to and have begun to (this year) correct the "breaks for buying American" theory by giving breaks for American research and development of products which truly creates jobs and raises our exports as other parts of the world try to purchase the new American made products. When we buy American this makes US companies stronger therefore they no longer need said tax breaks to create jobs.
  • Read your history

    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'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.
  • Common Sense?

    By HornsUp
    Republicans love theories. For example: Tax cuts for the wealthy create jobs. The Bush tax cuts have been in effect for about a decade, taxes are at their lowest levels since the 1950's but this has been the most dismal decade of job creation in our nations history - in defiance of all conservative "common sense". Consumer spending creates jobs, tax breaks create wealth for the wealthy. You want a common sense solution to the mess in Washington? 1. Cut spending everywhere: entitlements, military - everywhere there is a penny to be saved. 2. Pay for it: once you cut spending to the bone, raise taxes until everything is paid for. 3 Reward spending over saving: buy a yacht or a private jet and it's tax deductible, squirrel it away and pay more in taxes. 4. Reform healthcare every 5 years instead of every 50 years: our policies need to keep up with changes in that market segment. 5. End our dependence on oil period: as supply decreases and demand increases it's only going to get worse people. 6. Buy American: reward companies that reward us in return. Tax imports heavily to level the playing field. 7. Change the tax code: make it as progressive as it needs to be until virtually anyone working a 40 hour week is living above poverty. You want to end welfare? Make work pay better than public assistance. See? Anybody can write in theory. Beck is no more qualified to solve our nations problems than I am. For reals!
  • To you ignorant haters

    By kdawgwilk
    All I read in your idiotic reviews is your pathetic excuses for not having the courage to do anything yourselves! You say that us beck followers are the only thing hurting America? Then tell me where this country is headed! And how we are making it worse! And if you still think the same. Then why don't you do something more than sit on your couch and write worthless reviews about a book you've never even read and support your own opinion!
  • Read the book

    By rtlesuma
    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.

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