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Glenn Beck: The Overton Window (Review)

July 12, 2010 1 comment

I was a bit surprised when I stumbled upon The Overton Window by Glenn Beck while searching through the Thriller/Mystery section of Borders. But, being somewhat of a Glenn Beck fan I knew that it should be pretty interesting. I read the epilogue in the store and I was satisfied enough to buy it and read the rest at home.  The novel revolves around the crazy weekend of Noah Gardner, son of Arthur Gardner who is a big shot PR billionaire.

In the beginning of the book, Noah decides to go to some sort of rally put together by so-called Patriots after meeting a beautiful woman, Molly Ross, who is very involved with the group. Noah just wanted to get to know Molly, instead he is put through a roller coaster weekend, barely escaping with his life.

Many critics will condemn this book before reading it due to its controversial author, radio personality and FOX News anchor Glenn Beck. Beck says in the introduction that this book is “faction”. A fictional story based on true events and plots, at least how it is perceived by Beck. The main plot in the story is that America is falling apart, the economy has crashed and that’s just the beginning. People who view Beck’s show on FOX News or listen to his radio program will be familiar with what Beck is trying to say. He mentions and quotes the Founding Fathers on multiple occasions. Whether you agree with Beck or not, he really makes you think about what is going on in the country today. He also gives a 30 page “Afterward” that explains exactly where he got his information from.

As a thriller I think the book lacked a bit although it did keep my interest throughout. It is short, only about 300 pages and it is an easy read. But the plot is a little weak and the character development could be better. The reader will find some unorthodox dialogue in the book, which had me imagining that Beck was narrating the story, but you can sense Beck’s lack of experience with fiction books. There are a few points in the book that get dry and little boring if you do not find politics interesting, if so you probably shouldn’t spend your money on this book. It may also get you pretty mad if you do not agree with Beck’s perspective on the country and politics. Beck will have a character give a speech or just lecture for about three pages about the country and what he thinks is going on or what will happen in the foreseeable future, and while most of the content is interesting I did find myself drifting a bit during these lectures.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and I would give it a 3 out of 5, which is respectable. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys politics, Democrat or Republican. Beck does a good job of keeping those two words to a minimum, saying that what he thinks is the downfall of America isn’t one party’s fault, it has gone on for a long time. He also doesn’t mention a name or part for the president for the same reason. If you are a person who tends to agree with what Beck says, you will definitely enjoy the book. If you are a person who tends to oppose Beck and his preachings, you will enjoy ripping Beck and his book on your blog or web site. Whatever you do, don’t be discouraged from buying the book just because of the author.

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Finally!!!

My last post was about soccer players and their ridiculous dives, finally, somebody is also fed up with them. Watch as U.S. coach Bob Bradley speaks up about his frustrations with these players.

http://g.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/world-cup/news/bradley-punish-the-floppers–fbintl_dw-flopping062510.html

Hopefully, more players will now think about how they are representing their game and their country before they act…..but I highly doubt that they will.

Do Soccer Players Have No Dignity?

As I have been watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup, I can’t help but to notice the complete disregard for the game as the best players in the world are diving all over the field trying to draw a penalty.

Like many Americans, I do not follow soccer on a regular basis. I think that soccer is one of the most boring sports to watch, playing it is a different story, but to watch a two-hour match that often ends up in a 0-0 tie never appealed to me. But with the sudden excitement of the 2010 FIFA World Cup I decided to watch a few games. I decided to sit down and watch the United States’ first game against the heavily favored England and, even though it ended in a tie, I found the game to be very interesting and rather exciting at times. Over the last week so I have kept up with the games watching some foreign countries play here and there, and although the competition is good and the games are keeping my interest, there is one thing that irks me. I know that one can’t expect to be an analyst of a certain sport after a week of watching it and there are many aspects of the game that I still don’t understand, like offsides for instance. I do though have one complaint about the sport; the players dive and cry to the referees much too often. At times it gets a bit ridiculous that grown men, the greatest players in their respective sport, can completely disregard the integrity of their beloved game by jumping to the ground and holding their face or their ankle. These are the most athletic and agile men in the world and they are diving all over the field to try to draw a foul, and to my dismay, the referees almost always rule in favor of the jerk who is making a fool of himself, FIFA, and his country. What’s even more annoying than the dive itself is when the diver doesn’t get the call and they jump up to yell at the referee, no sign of injury, literally admitting that they were faking it. I don’t understand how this is okay with soccer fans, the most loyal fans in the world.

Before I started watching, I heard that Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the greatest players in the world, the man can score at will. As I watch him I can’t help but to think of another player who is one of, if not the, greatest player in his respective sport, Sidney Crosby. The two are like brothers. Put aside that they do actually look a bit similar, they are both among the best players in the world at their sport yet for some reason that is beyond me, they both feel that they need to dive all over the field or the ice to get calls. You’re the best player in the world, you’re going to get the benefit of the doubt!!! The diving isn’t even the worst part, it’s when they don’t get the call and they go over to the referee to plea their case that the big bully knocked them down. As a hockey fan I hate Sidney Crosby, like most hockey fans that are not located in Pittsburgh. I just don’t understand how FIFA, and the NHL, let their star players do this. FIFA especially, because it’s not only Ronaldo, every player on every team dives when they make the slightest bit of contact with a player from the other team.

Personally, I just think that it is wrong and that the players should have enough dignity and integrity for the game to stop, but I guess they go by the motto “anything to win”, which is disappointing to say the least. I hope that someday, if the diving doesn’t come to an end which I highly doubt will be the case, FIFA decides to give the referees permission to give a penalty if they believe that a player is intentionally embellishing a dive to draw a foul against the opposing team, like in hockey, although it is rarely enforced. Hopefully that would put an end to this childish act that soccer players put on every game.

****Watch as Ronaldo dives while looking at the referee to see if he gets the call****