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Sunday, December 28, 2014

MIRACLES AND MASSACRES By Glenn Beck

Publisher:  Threshold Editions
Release Date:  2013
Pages:  290
Genre:  American History/Biography

Reviewed By WC
  About the Book: HISTORY AS IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE TOLD: TRUE AND THRILLING.

Thomas Edison was a bad guy and bad guys usually lose in the end.

World War II radio host &Tokyo Rose was branded as a traitor by the US government and served time in prison. In reality, she was a hero to many.

Twenty US soldiers received medals of honor at the Battle of Wounded Knee and yet this wasn't a battle at all; it was a massacre.

Paul Revere's midnight ride was nothing compared to the ride made by a guy named Jack whom you've probably never heard of.

History is about so much more than memorizing facts. It is, as more than half of the word suggests, about the story. And, told in the right way, it is the greatest one ever written: Good and evil, triumph and tragedy, despicable acts of barbarism and courageous acts of heroism.

The things you've never learned about our past will shock you. The reason why gun control is so important to government elites can be found in a story about Athens that no one dares teach. Not the city in ancient Greece, but the one in 1946 Tennessee. The power of an individual who trusts his gut can be found in the story of the man who stopped the twentieth hijacker from being part of 9/11. And a lesson on what happens when an all-powerful president is in need of positive headlines is revealed in a story about eight saboteurs who invaded America during World War II.

If the truth shall set you free, then your freedom begins on page one of this book. By the end, your understanding of the lies and half-truths you've been taught may change, but your perception of who we are as Americans and where our country is headed definitely will.


WC's Review:  Let it be said to those who think Glenn Beck is making this stuff up is that we are undoubtedly into revisionist history as well. Some "Common Core" textbooks barely mention George Washington, whom Beck does not mention here, but has dedicated an indispensable volume.

Who was there to objectively confirm what happened at the Barbary War in Tunisia during the Jefferson administration? Would anyone two hundred plus years later dare mention that Muslim terrorism is not a recent phenomenon?

Beck delves into little-known or once popular history. Who remembers Jack Jouett when few can tell you about the ride of Paul Revere? Someone of Longfellow vintage needs to write a poem.

How about the Battle of Wounded Knee when few today have heard of the Little Big Horn? Many of us remain intentionally dumb when we refer to the history of this great land.

Read up! It may awaken us to the motives of our revisionist leaders dedicated to dissolving our country into third world status.

Tokyo Rose? What a lady! Hardly a Gypsy Rose Lee.

The man after whom the famous Chicago's Orchard Depot airport was named was an acquaintance of Al Capone. Anyone remember Scarface Al?

The My Lai Massacre in Vietnam remains as nebulous as the assassination of both Kennedys. Protagonist Lieutenant William Calley's name does not linger in mass America's long term memory.

My Lai followed closely on the heels of another supposed American tragedy in the war in Vietnam, an aphrodisiac conducted to boost LBJ's manhood. The Tet offensive in early 1968 turned Grandpa Walter Cronkite into an American apologist. No one has ever accused that gasbag of revisionist history.

Nevertheless, Miracles and Massacres is a fascinating read.

About the Author:  Glenn Edward Lee Beck is one of America's leading radio and television personalities. His quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality have made The Glenn Beck Program the third highest rated radio program in America and Glenn Beck, one of the most successful new shows on the Fox News Channel. His unique blend of modern-day storytelling and insightful views on current events allowed him to achieve the extraordinary feat of having #1 New York Times bestsellers in both fiction and non-fiction. Beck also stars in a live stage show and is the publisher of Fusion magazine.

Online, he is the editor of GlennBeck.com and the publisher of TheBlaze.com.

Beck is the author of six consecutive #1 New York Times Bestsellers including his latest book, the thriller The Overton Window. When The Christmas Sweater, his first novel, debuted at #1 on the fiction list, Beck became one of a handful of authors to write books that reached #1 on both the fiction and non-fiction NYT lists.