#27 The Overton Window

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 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. http://www.glennbeck.com/content/books/>

Overall, I like Glenn Beck, an author and a national radio and TV host, and I often watch his show on Fox News and I agree with a lot of things he says.  Yes, yes, there certainly are few things we definitely disagree on (a religious view, for example), but he can’t be perfect, can he? :-)

Well, I was very intrigued when I heard that he wrote a thriller and I didn’t hesitate to read it after reading the overview of the story.  In fact, I was so interested in the “solution” that Glenn Beck would provide to the story, especially on “saving America.”  Well, let’s just say that you won’t find that in the book….  It might not have been his intention to provide the solution in the first place but I sure wish he did instead of leaving that up to my imagination. 

I’m gonna say based on this book and other thrillers I have read in the past that he is not the greatest author in thriller genre (nothing personal! Like I said, I like him!).  This book wasn’t a page turner for me and I was quite disappointed with the ending,  But I’ll say this.  You do learn a lot about many things including politics, current events and most definitely how Glenn Beck feels about such issues. :-)  I don’t regret reading this book at all (and I hope I’m not discouraging people to read it, either!) and he does provide many links for more information on issues discussed in the book and some of them are quite interesting.

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