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Kathy Shaidle Reviews “Arguing With Idiots”

October 13, 2009


David Forsmark isn’t the only NewsReal blogger with a review of Glenn Beck’s new book. The Five Feet of Fury, Kathy Shaidle, also has a must-read review also. Check it out:

When Mark Levin’s book Liberty and Tyranny came out, I joined the chorus who couldn’t believe that Mark Levin the Author sounded nothing like Mark Levin the Talk Radio Host.

The style of Liberty and Tyranny purposely echoed the heightened language of the Founding Fathers and their famous documents. Nowhere between the covers did Mark Levin employ the phrases “Shut up, you dummy!” or “There, I said it!”

However, there will be no doubt in the minds of anyone familiar with Glenn Beck that Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government is a Glenn Beck book.

The big, colorful hardcover employs plenty of cartoons, call outs and “post-it notes”, in keeping with its author’s self-description as having “A.D.D.”

And the writing style is by turns casual, sarcastic and outraged.

Arguing with Idiots is designed to be a sort of handbook for doing just that: countering your irritating co-workers, friends and relatives when they launch into another politically charged yet factually challenged rant at the dinning room table or the watercooler.

Read the rest at Kathy’s Examiner page.

  1. oldwolves permalink
    October 14, 2009 4:01 am

    “And the writing style is by turns casual, sarcastic and outraged.”

    How about passionate, honest and to the point? Mr. Beck, if anything, puts his humanity in perspective, allowing us insights in to our own need to grab liberals by the throat and yell, “Wake up!”

    A fun book Mr. Beck.Thanks.

  2. Julie Trevor permalink
    October 14, 2009 6:06 am

    But I already have a long list of books to read…

  3. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 14, 2009 1:51 pm

    I will check out Becks book.

  4. Judy permalink
    October 14, 2009 3:47 pm

    I know what you mean. I have gone from lists to piles of books much to the chagrine of my family. The Beck book is actually excellent. It can be viewed as a primer for stating an argument and providing evidence. As with his previous books, Glenn Beck does a good job with the casual writing style and it makes for an informative and intellectual read, combined with his sense of humor, and strong passion for God, family and country. For those that have not tuned into Beck, you have missed something good in America. Everyday, I go through the day with Beck’s belief that we must “stand strong in the truth”, and “believe what you say and say what you believe” . It is refreshing to see someone openly and with out embarrassment or shame express his love of God,family and country. We certainly need more. If we did, we would not be sliding into hell as we are with this current administration.

    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 15, 2009 3:39 am

      Well stated.

    • Brent permalink
      November 14, 2009 7:00 pm

      True believers in Christ love their enemies and treat others as they wish to be treated… The Bible says so, so for Glenn Beck to act like he does and treat opposition as he does is sad. I pray for him to be a real Christian, and not a idol.

  5. October 14, 2009 4:15 pm

    Hmmm… Ms. Shaidle’s review of ‘Arguing…’ sounds not a little patronizing and dismissive when prefaced with a glowing salute to Mark Levin’s ‘Liberty and Tyranny’ and then equating Beck’s tome to mere dining table and watercooler impromptu encounters. (Not that those dialogues aren’t eminently important in the times we all live.) For myself, I find Glenn Beck’s unabashed humor and common sense approach to some of today’s most critical issues facing our country a refreshing yet informative way to educate and inspire citizens to action.


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