Author Brad Meltzer Explains His Deep Obsession With Benedict Arnold

Brad Meltzer, author of the new book The House of Secrets, joined The Glenn Beck Program on Friday to discuss his obsession with Benedict Arnold and how he wove the infamous traitor into his latest novel.

The premise surrounds the host of a conspiracy TV show whose daughter wakes up in a hospital with no memory.

"She finds out there's been an accident that's killed her father, who is the host, as you said, of a conspiracy TV show, just like my life," Meltzer explained. "But the FBI tells her the last person her father was seen with was actually also found dead, and he had an object stuffed into his body --- a priceless book that belonged to Benedict Arnold."

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When Meltzer's heroine returns home, she finds guns that were not there before and scars on her body she can't explain. Only by solving her father's murder can she figure out what happened and who she really is.

"That's what I love about your books. I spend a lot of time reading your books with the iPad next to me...and then going down a wormhole of history for a while and then back to your book. I love that," Glenn said.

What inspired Meltzer to include one of America's most infamous historical figures in The House of Secrets? It was a trip to the national archives many years ago.

"They take me to one of their treasure vaults, and in the treasure vault, they hand me a sheet of paper...from the Revolutionary War. And on the top of the sheet of paper, it says it's an oath of allegiance," Meltzer revealed.

During the Revolutionary War, George Washington had his top military advisers sign an oath of allegiance stating, "I do solemnly swear, I will be forever true to this country." The military has a similar tradition today, having new enlistments raise their right hand and swear loyalty and faithfulness to the U.S.

One signature on the Revolutionary War era oath caught Meltzer's attention.

"The one they hand me, Glenn, is --- they're all numbered in the corner, one, two, three, four --- the fifth one is signed by a guy named Benedict Arnold," Meltzer said.

"Wow," Glenn responded.

In that moment, Benedict Arnold came alive to Meltzer, inspiring The House of Secrets.

As students of history, Glenn and his guest had much more to discuss, including Tiger Woods, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

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Featured Image: Brad Meltzer speaks on stage during THRIVE: A Third Metric Live Event at New York City Center on April 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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Glenn Beck and The Nazarene Fund have been working tirelessly to evacuate Americans and our allies from Afghanistan, thanks to the U.S. government's failure to do so. But it's been far from easy. A recent Newsweek article, titled "Taliban Holds Up Glenn Beck Group's Planes," addressed some of the most recent challenges. The article claimed that six planes — filled with Americans and SIVs ready for takeoff — were "grounded by the Taliban amid negotiations with the U.S. State Department." So, what's actually going on? Why is the State Department meddling in the rescue? And what are the next steps to get these Americans home?

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Bill O'Reilly joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Friday to discuss a recent House Homeland Security Committee briefing on the impact of the 9/11 terror attacks, during which "national security experts" claimed "right-wing" groups pose a greater threat to the United States than groups like the Taliban or Al-Qaeda.

Glenn played two video clips from the briefing that showed Senior Fellow Brookings Institute Center for Middle East Policy, Daniel Byman, and former National Intelligence Council Chair during the Obama administration, Christopher Kojm, in apparent agreement that "right-wing extremists" are a bigger threat to Americans today than "jihadists."

"I'm someone who has written extensively on both jihadist groups, but also right-wing, white supremacist groups," Byman says in the first video clip. "And in my mind, there's no question that today in the United States, the right-wing and white supremacist violence is a much greater risk."

"I agree with your assessment and those of my colleagues who have spoken already, there's little doubt that the domestic terrorist threat from white nationalists and right-wing extremist groups is greater than the jihadist threat today," Kojm states in the second clip.

"Who are those idiots?" O'Reilly exclaimed. "It's just unbelievable ... they're not even in the same universe. Yeah, there are bad neo-Nazi Americans running around, yeah, but there are very few of them. I mean, the jihadists are causing death and destruction, death and destruction all over the world. Not just in the United States. These people are so blatantly irresponsible and ignorant, it's just staggering."

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The Biden administration was recently caught lying about the White House dog, Major, and his history of biting Secret Service agents, according to newly released emails.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn argued that, if the current administration is willing to lie about something so meaningless to the American people, what else are they willing to lie about? For instance, the State Department claims that there are only about 200 American citizens left in Afghanistan who want to be evacuated. But Glenn has heard very different reports from people on the ground. Is it safe to assume they're currently lying to us about all kinds of things — from the "new and improved" Taliban, to the number of Americans left behind in Afghanistan?

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