Critics Murder Glenn Beck’s Paranoid Thriller. Fans Buy it Anyway.

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

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, 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.

Bella Wright

Bella Wright blogs about books, film and media.

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4 Responses to Critics Murder Glenn Beck’s Paranoid Thriller. Fans Buy it Anyway.

  1. PGP July 31, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    Keep up the good work, I like your writing.

  2. mila August 10, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

    So good!!

  3. Thom August 22, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    I bought this book. Beck is so good at making up shit on TV that I thought he’d probably be awesome as a fiction writer.

    What a HUGE waste of money.

    It is really amateur hour.

  4. Heather Clapp September 15, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    Maybe I’m going on a limb here but I’m thinking Glenn Beck may have ripped off part of his book idea from a very well done book my father, Thor Duffin, wrote called “The Jefferson Project”.

    Why do I think this is even possible? Well, my mom’s a mormon (dad’s not anymore), and the degrees of separation in mormonia is like 3 compared to 7 in normal land. My mom’s been having all her mormon friends read it and several have sent the advance reader copy to Glenn Beck.

    My dad has actually been asking people not to send it too him because he thinks Glenn Beck is insane and regards his endorcement as a kiss of death for what HIS book is trying to say. I told him not to worry because Glenn is so ego obsessed, he wouldn’t endorse ANYTHING unless he wrote it himself…..but we didn’t consider him trying to rip it off and pervert dad’s politically trancendant ideas into a novel of grandstanding and mormon’s-will-save-the-future-izing.

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