Sunday, December 19, 2010

Starting to Read Glenn Beck's "Broke"

I've just had a birthday.  One of my gifts was Glenn Beck's new book Broke.  I'm only a few chapters into it, but so far it is a very intriguing read.  It is relatively clearly written, although Beck's writing style can be somewhat confusing at times, and he can have some small difficulty keeping on topic.  I would say that either he or his editors have gained some skill since he wrote his own Common Sense

Broke is a damming condemnation of progressivism, it is well sourced, and well documented, although Mr Beck chooses a slightly unconventional referencing style that would annoy most serious scholars.  There are no footnotes. Rather, at the end of the book, there is a chapter by chapter and page by page list of the citations, with quotes from the text, just long enough to find it on the page.  Then there is the regular reference.

The clear disadvantage to this is that it makes it slightly more difficult to check the references.  The clear advantage is that it makes the text a good deal less busy and easier to read.  As the book is designed to be accessible, Mr Beck's citation method is rather nice.  That it would piss off the APA and MLA people is merely a bonus.

Thus far it is a compelling read, but as I'm only about 50 pages in so far, I'll withhold judgment and a more complete review until I am finished.  

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