Now Reading – Broke

As my brother and I are still reading William Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in a discussion format, I’ve been reading a secondary book concurrently.  Now that I’ve finished Post Captain, I have decided to return to a book on my 2011 goals list.  Yesterday, I checked out from the library Glenn Beck’s Broke.  Here’s what the inside cover has to say:

In the words of Harvard economist Niall Ferguson, the United States is “an empire on the edge of chaos.”  Why?  Glenn Beck thinks the answer is pretty simple:  Because we’ve turned our backs on the Constitution.

Yes, our country is financially broke, but that’s just a side effect of our broken spirit, our broken faith in government, the broken promises by our leaders, and a broken political system that has centralized power at the expense of individual rights.

There is a lot of work ahead, but we can’t move forward until we first understand how we got here.  Starting with the American Revolution, Glenn takes readers on an express train through 234 years of history, culminating with the Great Recession and the bipartisan recklessness of Presidents Bush and Obama.  It’s the history lesson we all wished we’d had in school.  (Did you know, for example, that FDR once made a key New Deal policy decision based on his lucky number?)

Along the way, you’ll see how everything you thought you knew about the political parties is a lie, how Democrats and Republicans alike used to fight for minimum government and maximum freedom, and how both parties have been taken over by a cancer called “progressivism.”  By the end, you’ll understand why no president, no congress and no court can fix this problem alone.  Looking toward them for answers is like looking toward the ocean for drinking water – it looks promising, but the end result is catastrophic.

After revealing the trail of lies that brought us here, Broke exposes the truth about what we’re really facing.  Most people have seen pieces of the puzzle, but very few have ever seen the whole picture – and for very good reason:  Our leaders have done everything in their power to hide it.  If Americans understood how dire things really are, they would be demanding radical reform right now.  Despite the rhetoric, that’s not the kind of change our politicians really believe in.

Finally, Broke provides the hope that comes with knowing the truth.  Once you see what we’re really up against, it’s much easier to develop a realistic plan.  To fix ourselves financially, Glenn argues, we have to fix ourselves first.  That means some serious introspection and, ultimately, a series of actions  that will unite all Americans around teh concept of shared sacrifice.  After all, this generation may not be asked to storm beaches, but we are being asked to do something just as critical to preserving freedom.

Packed with great stories from history, chalkboard-style teachable moments, custom illustrations, and Glenn Beck’s trademark combination of entertainment and enlightenment, Broke makes the case that when you’re traveling in the wrong direction, slight course corrections won’t cut it – you need to take drastic action.  Through a return to individual rights, an uncompromising adherence to the Constitution, and a complete rethinking about the role of government in a free society, Glenn exposes the idea of “transformation” for the progressive smokescreen that it is, and instead builds a compelling case that restoration is the only way forward.

This book definitely deals with current events right now.  I’m looking forward to reading about a different perspective on an important issue that affects all of us.  If you’ve read Broke, I’d love to hear from you.


About Jeremy

Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!


  1. Current Events and Reading Choices | Beltwayliterature - July 24, 2011

    […] I mentioned yesterday, I’m reading Broke, by Glenn Beck.  I also mentioned in that post, that the topic of Broke […]

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