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Arguing with Idiots

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Glenn Beck

Narrated By: Glenn Beck

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2009

Duration: 9 hours 4 minutes

Summary:

FUNNY.

FRIGHTENING.

TRUE.

It happens to all of us: You're minding your own business, when some idiot informs you that guns are evil, the Prius will save the planet, or the rich have to finally start paying their fair share of taxes.

Just go away! you think to yourself -- but they only become more obnoxious. Your heart rate quickens. You start to sweat. You can't get away. Your only hope is...

...this book.

Glenn Beck, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers An Inconvenient Book and Glenn Beck's Common Sense, has stumbled upon the secret formula to winning arguments against people with big mouths but small minds: knowing the facts.

And this book is full of them.

The next time your Idiot Friends tell you how gun control prevents gun violence, you'll tell them all about England's handgun ban (see page 53). When they tell you that we should copy the UK's health-care system, you'll recount the horrifying facts you read on page 244. And the next time an idiot tells you that vegetable prices will skyrocket without illegal workers, you'll stop saying "no, they won't" and you'll start saying, "actually, eliminating all illegal labor will cause us to spend just $8 a year more on produce." (See page 139.)

Idiots can't be identified through voting records, they can be found only by looking for people who hide behind stereotypes, embrace partisanship, and believe that bumper sticker slogans are a substitute for common sense. If you know someone who fits the bill, then Arguing with Idiots will help you silence them once and for all with the ultimate weapon: the truth.

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  • Anonymous

    It used to be that the Liberals were the ones with the loud obnoxious rants.... now there is a new generation of older idiots to contend with. This guy talks as if he is using truth or logic, but none of the information gets backed up by any facts. It's one long rant - and not even a convincing one at that. If the Conservative movement ever wants to regain some sort of legitimacy or momentum, they'll need to distance themselves from this kind of ranting. It doesn't make an argument - just provokes a sort of mind-numbing, million mile stare and a tinge of disbelief that anyone could be so popular by being so ill-informed and inarticulate. If you enjoy pain and anxiety - by all means, give Beck a try!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, so his arguments in the overview are all supported by the "ad hominem" and "strawman" fallacies - neither of which create valid arguments and are only used to solicit an emotional response. If the entire book is like this then what is the point of reading this? He has shown just from his description that the book has no substance and is full of "scare tactics."

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

  • Mary Kozlov

    Why would you waste your time and money on this insane man.

  • Karen Oberheim

    Very opinionated and I'm not convinced by the facts given. I found the narrator irritating and condescending.