Posted by: Rick | Friday, June 11, 2010

Glenn Beck’s “Turner Diaries”?

There’s any number of professional right-wing authors (Vince Flynn, Nelson DeMille, Ted Bell) who are happy to churn out paranoid thrillers for Republicans.  So why do talk radio blowhards insist on competing with them?  Bill O’Reilly is still trying to live down his hilarious foray into X-rated crime fiction:

And next week Glenn Beck is coming out with The Overton Window.  Unfortunately, I’m afraid this thing might contain something more toxic than mere horrendously bad writing.  Here’s Amazon’s product description:

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.

Uh-oh.  This sounds like a book Timothy McVeigh might have liked.  

Maybe The Overton Window will just be harmless fun, but from what I’ve seen, Glenn Beck’s fan base isn’t wound any tighter than he is.  Let’s hope they view this book as an “Atlas Shrugged For Dummies” rather than as a blueprint for martyrdom.



  1. I have a review of Overton’s Window, the political theory, on my blog that might interest you.


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