In right wing extremist Glenn Beck’s new political thriller, The Overton Window, an unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to its core and puts into motion a frightening plan, decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way. It’s up to a handsome young PR executive to expose the perpetrators and save the nation.
Because we all know that PR execs are good at counter-terrorism, right?
Beck calls the book “faction.”
For those not familiar with Beck’s delusional rantings, he appears to imagine a global conspiracy, led by Democrats and the United Nations, that is hell bent on stripping white Christians of their civil liberties and personal wealth. He has said publicly that he would like to kill documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, has accused President Obama of hating white culture, and has likened Al Gore to Hitler. Oddly, it doesn’t seem to occur to Beck that the very government he demonizes, and accuses of conspiring to oppress him, allows him the freedom to rant day after day on Fox.
Now back to Beck’s “faction.”
Book reviewers have called the book “incoherent” (Los Angeles Times) and “an instructively bad book because it offers a complete colour-by-numbers picture of the contemporary Wingnut psyche” (Daily Beast). The Washington Post wrote, “Thrillers often are marred by laughable prose, but few have stumbled along with language as silly as this one.” Among the 36 one-star reviews on Amazon.com, this one stood out: “I would say, ‘don’t quit your day job,’ but i wish he would quit that as well!!!” (Pedro Delgado).
Apparently Beck’s fans aren’t the type that pay much attention to critics. Last week the book ended up #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List anyhow.