The Overton Window Author:Glenn Beck A plan to destroy America, a hundred years in the making, is about to be unleashed . . . can it be stopped? There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move ... more »the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country. For Noah Gardner, a twentysomething public relations executive, it?s safe to say that political theory is the furthest thing from his mind. Smart, single, handsome, and insulated from the world?s problems by the wealth and power of his father, Noah is far more concerned about the future of his social life than the future of his country. But all of that changes when Noah meets Molly Ross, a woman who is consumed by the knowledge that the America we know is about to be lost forever. She and her group of patriots have vowed to remember the past and fight for the future?but Noah, convinced they?re just misguided conspiracy-theorists, isn?t interested in lending his considerable skills to their cause. And then the world changes. An unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to the core and puts into motion a frightening plan, decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way. Amidst the chaos, many don?t know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact?or, more important, which side to fight for. But for Noah, the choice is clear: Exposing the plan, and revealing the conspirators behind it, is the only way to save both the woman he loves and the individual freedoms he once took for granted. After five back-to-back #1 New York Times bestsellers, national radio and Fox News television host Glenn Beck has delivered a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that seamlessly weaves together American history, frightening facts about our present condition, and a heart-stopping plot. The Overton Window will educate, enlighten, and, most important, entertain?with twists and revelations no one will see coming.« less
Glenn Beck has created a thriller book which incorporates many of his beliefs about where this country is headed, the type of people who are pushing it, and how it could end. He weaves in many historical statements and principles which need to be examined and understood by all Americans. I have read better thrillers, but never more relevant than this one.
While not as polished as writers who live and breathe in the political thriller arena Glenn Beck manages to piece together an interesting yarn that gets you from point A to point B without too much grimacing on the part of the reader.
The story is a predictable enough container for the actual purpose of the tale; to illuminate and warn of what is and what will be as the powers that be manipulate public opinion and perception as a means to their ends.
Beck labels his book as a work of faction, which he defines as completely fictional books with plots rooted in fact. It is clear that Beck wants the reader to think critically of the concepts, in particular the namesake, proffered in this book. He has included a nearly 30 page afterword section with sources and notes that give the reader grist for the thought provoking mill.
Excellent read that had me guessing and surprised me often, even though Glenn is no Tom Clancy!
I hesitated before posting my copy of this book on this site because I was torn between wanting it as a reference for all the events noted and wanting to make sure everyone who want to read it is able to.
I decided to post it, and hope I won't forget what it had to say. I know why I used to buy bottled water - I was thirsty and didn't want the calories in soda, nor the alkaline taste of most tap water in Texas. However, using the phenomena of bottled water sales as an example of the Overton Window theory is brilliant! I do believe that we need to be reminded to exercise our common sense and to develop it if we have lost it or were last in line when it was handed out.
A lot of it reads like one of Glenn's lectures from his radio/TV show - a lot of interesting information that is relevant to the disaster unfolding today, but that doesn't make it a good novel. The story is intriguing at times, but it really is quite amateurish both in form and content and it never really takes off or sucks you in.
For a fictional novel this is one of the best I have ever read. I have a hard time remembering that I'm not reading a non-fiction. The facts are true to life and so real in today's world unlike a lot of fictional novels that take issues of the day and make them unbelievable. Most people won't read this book because of who the author is but I believe they are missing out on a great piece of literature that will educate you in a form easier than a non-fiction on the subjects of today.
I found this book to be thought provoking and stimulating, it excited my critical thinking processes. Glenn has managed to incorporate the events of the current political atmosphere with an exellerating thriller.
Many of the events written into the mystery are true/actual events that have occured. However, he does take artistic license with some facts in the book. He calls the book a work of "faction".
At the end of the book he provides references to encourage you check the facts and fictions mentioned in the context of the story.
I picked it up and three days later finished it completely. I may take the opportunity to read it again, just before the upcoming elections. :-)
This is one of the best books I've read in years! The plot easily grabs you and draws you into a world not unlike our own reality here in America. It's a plausible scenario, and that's the main thing about it that makes you think.
This book was hard to put down. It's left me more interested than I was before in the possible fate of our once-great nation. Very believable. I highly recommend Americans read this book. It'll likely wake you up to things you hadn't yet considered.
The Overton Window, though fiction, helped me to understand how the American people could let themselves and, thus, their country become what they have. This book should serve as a warning to every American.