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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems by Glenn Beck
Entertaining, not terribly deep
Much like a typical day on Glenn's show, An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems is fun, easy to digest, all over the place and sometimes a bit kooky.
Glenn starts out with a bang with his anti-Al Gore chapter and it is strong. In the middle he gets off track with chapters like the one about chick flcks and guy movies, blind dates and the one about aging (I fail to see how wearing a toupee or not is one of the world's biggest problems). His constant cheap shots on overweight people is not endearing, either.
However, his chapters on the United Nations, political correctness, college education and the minimum wage are all very strong.
He ends up with his pet theory that America is being led towards a Mexican-American-Canadian united country. He discusses this from time to time on his show. He makes a weak case in his book and it is a dud of a chapter to end with.
Not having footnotes, endnotes or any other sort of citation system for Beck's facts weakens the overall value of the book as well. Too bad, that is just laziness.
I rate this book 3 stars out of 5.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems by Glenn Beck.
Reviewed on June 24, 2008.