Cowards

By Glenn Beck

CowardsCowards: What Politicians, Radicals, and the Media Refuse to Say Just in time for the next presidential election the subject of this book is something that seems to be avoided in most of the debates taking place before the election. I am referring to the American people being told nothing but the whole truth regarding the major issues. The sad thing is that the truth is out there, however people do not want to hear it because it usually makes them uncomfortable.

The one time Fox News TV show host, Glenn Beck who is the author of Cowards targets thirteen serious issues. These are hot issues that no one else seems to want to tackle due to a variety of reasons. Things such as how having only two parties contesting the elections often results in the Americans not having any good options. Glen also exposes who the real George Soros really is, and his organization the Open Society Institute (OSI).

Glenn Beck, currently has a radio show that is syndicated radio and has written many other books in the past couple of years. He has had seven of them hit the #1 position on the New York Times bestsellers list. He is the perfect person to author this book as he is infamous for his defiance of what we call the norm for his whole career. As a result he has often been trashed and called bad names. There are quite a large number of people who do not like him and his views.

I would go as far as saying that this is probably Glenn Beck’s best book so far. I enjoyed the how in Cowards, the politicians are called out. It is refreshing how it takes important topics and breaks them down. This makes it easier for the reader to better understand the issues, as he tries to use simple, everyday English. For instance on page 17 he writes that “we are the mark — the sucker — in a national shell game….. It doesn’t matter which shell you choose or how many times you play or how closely you pay attention . . . The ball will never be where you think it is.”

This is a fast paced, easy to read book that has 50 or more pages of footnotes. It is formatted like a text book and may take a little while to get used to this effective format. I congratulate Mr Beck on his courage to write this book and I would recommend anyone with an open mind to read his book. When you finish reading “Cowards” make sure you pass it on to a relative, friend or neighbor.

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The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games : You know they usually say that the movies they make do not do the book justice. This is another one of those situations when that is true. There was so much hype when the blockbuster movie was released, that as a human being I became very curious. It did not help hearing all the teens swear that although the movie is great the book was on another level. For the record, the movie is really good.

The Hunger Games is set in a fictitious country called Panem, which exists in the same area North America once stood. They are a total number of twelve districts that surround this nation. Often they engaged in war and and the districts always lost. In order to surrender they would have to each send a boy and a girl to participate in a yearly live reality TV like show called, “The Hunger Games”.

The main character is Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl who lives at home with her little sister Prim and mother. Prim is selected to represent her district but her sister Katniss replaces her in the game where out of 24 contestants only one lives and wins the game. It is a very fast paced game set in different terrains, the rules are constantly changing and they even allow the audience to participate. Get ready for an intoxicating life or death plot, that is full of drama and at times disturbing.

The author Suzanne Collins spent her younger years writing children television shows on channels like Nickelodeon. She is a New York Times bestselling author for another series of books, “The Underland Chronicles” that was written for the middle-grade age group. The Hunger Games is actually a trilogy, in which she tries to look at how war and violence affects our children. Although the book is targeted at teenagers, often times I found the story very brutal. Judging from her previous works, you would never expect her to write a storyline such as this one.

The humor was much appreciated too.Overall I found the book was written very well and I enjoyed the way she paced the story out. Although violence can be found in the book it is cleverly written so that it does not become too overwhelming. There are very short intimate scenes that are perfect for the younger readers. This is one of those books I found hard to put down once I started reading it. A great read especially for teen boys and girls, who are at least 12 years or older.

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