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As we approach the most important presidential election in America's history, something has been lost among all of the debates, attack ads, and super-PACs—something that Americans used to hold in very high regard: THE TRUTH.
Glenn Beck likes to say that "the truth has no agenda"—but there's another side to that: people who have agendas rarely care about the truth. And, these days, it seems like everyone has an agenda.
The media leads with stories that rate over those that matter.
Politicians put lobbyists and electability over honesty.
Radicals alter history in order to change the future.
In Cowards, Glenn Beck exposes the truth about thirteen important issues that have been hijacked by deceit. Whether out of spite, greed, or fear, these are the things that no one seems to be willing to have an honest conversation about. For example:
In some cases, the truth is out there, but people simply don't want to hear it. It's much easier, and certainly a lot more convenient, to keep our blinders on. After all, as a quote attributed to President James Garfield made clear, "The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."
Miserable or not, the truth can no longer be something we hope for; it must be something we live. When courage prevails, cowards do not—and this book was written to ensure that's exactly what happens.
Book on CD: Read by Ron McLarty with an introduction by the author. Running Time: approx. 9.5 hours.
About the Author
Glenn Beck is a nationally syndicated radio host, founder of GBTV, and the author of nine national bestselling books, seven of which reached the #1 position on the New York Times list: The Original Argument; Arguing with Idiots; Glenn Beck’s Common Sense; An Inconvenient Book; the novels The Overton Window and The Christmas Sweater; and the children’s book The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book. His new holiday novel, The Snow Angel, is now available in hardcover from Threshold Editions.
One Star is Generous
by Mark - reviewed on July 11, 2012
This book deserves zero stars. Cowards is an attack piece against anyone and everyone with whom Beck has ideological differences. There is nothing positive, uplifting or inspiring about the book. Without even addressing the accuracy of Beck's assertions in the book, the religious imagery that he employs throughout the book makes it inappropriate for Latter-day Saints. Here are a few examples. On page 10, Beck subtitles a section Damn Hoover. To damn someone is to consign them to state of spiritual misery because of sin. Hoover’s sin was having a social conscience and for that he should be damned? Such language in reference to a former President of the United States should offend any Latter-day Saint. On page 56, Beck refers to a certain political cooperative effort as an Unholy Alliance. Holiness denotes conformance with God’s law, while being unholy puts one at odds to God’s law. Equating those with whom Beck disagrees politically as being unholy is offensive. On page 110, Beck makes a similar move by calling alleged cooperation between entities who are not necessarily friendly to the U.S. a Match Made in Hell. Not everyone who opposes U.S. policies is a servant of the devil. On page 146, Beck uses the term The Left Finds Religion to paint with broad strokes everyone who might disagree with his Libertarian ideals. The “Left” is not a homogenous entity with an agenda to destroy religion or religious ideals. Not every person who self-identifies as a liberal is in agreement with everything Beck's targeted victims advocate. On page 151, Beck uses the name of the Lord to bemoan certain welfare policies of the United States. What Would Jesus Cut is an irreverent and offensive use of our Lord's name. Chapter 10 is an attack on Islam. We, as Latter-day Saints, consistently urge people not to rely on non-LDS to characterize our beliefs. Yet that is just what Beck does, purporting to tell us what Muslims believe. It is offensive, as well as inaccurate. There is plenty of other objectionable material in the book. On page 63, Beck accuses political rivals of being in An Incestuous Affair. It is a highly offensive use of a term denoting damaging sexual abuse to describe people with whom he has an issue. On page 153 he essentially calls an American a traitor by referring to him as Hanoi Jim because of his opposition to a very unpopular war and his subsequent reaction to its ignominious end. On page 29, Beck equates the student rebellion of 1979 in Teheran with 21st Century terrorism. The circumstances of the two are so different that to make the comparison is an affront to everyone who opposes tyrannical rule by anyone. In sum, Beck's book is written to incite hate and intolerance, and to sell lots of books.