Thursday, October 18, 2012

Book Review: Cowards by Glenn Beck

I'm still working on my goal of reading 12 nonfiction books this year. I'm behind, but hopeful that I can make it by the end of the year. I just finished reading Glenn Beck's new book, Cowards: What Politicians, Radicals, and the Media Refuse to Say. I think it's fitting that I finished this book in October, a time when we like to be frightened.

Beck covers quite a range of topics. I won't list them all, but a few that really intrigued me were his thoughts on economic terrorism (remember I read the novel Secret Weapons and it covered this), the media, the Islamist agenda, and education. Beck has a way of making a bold statement that can be shocking, but then he continues giving you information and facts that he's found to back up his claims.

In regards to economic terrorism, he states that this is a very real threat. He tells how economic warfare is nothing new and gives citations where it has happened over the years. He also goes into "short selling" and "naked shorting" and how these practices, if in the wrong hands, can be extremely dangerous to our economy. He tells about BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), a group of countries that may be only too happy to see the dollar crash.

I was pretty upset after reading this chapter and actually had to go do something to get my mind off it. But intrigued by Beck's thoughts I was drawn back to the book to see what he had to say about the media.

I'm sure you've heard this before, that most of the press is bias and left leaning, especially the "main stream media." As a writer, I pretty much know that a writer can nudge a story toward his/her way of thinking just by the words they choose. But I always thought that professional journalists were trained to leave their bias at the door when it came to writing hard news (not opinion). However, more and more I find myself asking questions that those professionals don't. Important questions. And I'm baffled as to why they don't ask. Do they not realize they're not being thorough? Do they not realize how unprofessional it is to inject their opinion in a hard news story? Beck answered my questions. "The people who work for the main stream media think they are fair. They think they can measure fairness with a stopwatch. But the problem lies with them not understanding how real people in real communities live their lives." This answer made sense, so I continued to read.

The chapter devoted to Islamic terrorism not only deals with the Arab Spring, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the caliphate, but also gives hope. I loved how Beck ended this section . . . "Muslims who support the U.S. Constitution and love their country are the natural allies of all free Americans, . . . We cannot turn out backs on them."

And the chapter on education . . . what new can be said about this subject? Plenty. I think this chapter scared me the most because it has to do with our kids. Beck's theory on what we need to do is shocking, but after delivering his belief, he then backs up why he believes what we need to do to reboot our education system. Again, I loved how he ended this chapter . . . "The truth is that our kids love and embrace capitalism perhaps more than any other generation has in our country's history. They just don't know it yet. It's our job to make sure they do." 

Beck ends his book with a look into our future and how exciting and hopeful it can be if we make the right choices in the leadership of our country.

Would I recommend this book to you? Yes. But beware. It's scary, thought-provoking, and may keep you up at nights.

*I bought my copy of this book and reviewed it because I liked it.


  1. I don't think I would have read that book if you hadn't posted a review. I probably would have skimmed right over it and left it on the shelf. I'd consider it now. I'm not always up-to-date on the latest in world affairs, but I try to keep my head above water. Thanks for sharing.

    1. This was such a great book for taking a deep look at things. And, yes, it was very frightening but not in the Halloween-type scary, more like the oh-my-stars what else is going on that we haven't been told. And that fear is far worse.

  2. Kathy, have you read any Malcom Gladwell? NF is not my favorite, but he writes great books even my teen reads them. I loved THE TIPPING POINT.

    1. I'm writing that down. I've heard of the book, just didn't know the author's name. Thanks!



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