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)

Blaze TV hosts Glenn Beck , Chad Prather, and Steven Crowder weighed-in with similar but different thoughts on the fascism associated with canceling Dr. Seuss.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Dr. Seuss books that have been cancelled due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity.

Chad Prather approached the issue from a comedic perspective, stating that "Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment."

Steven Crowder explained that Dr. Seuss books were banned for being offensive and insensitive to some. So Steven decided to parody the six banned children's books with progressively titled and hilariously inappropriate versions.

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'We DON'T destroy books'

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Chad Prather's comedic take on why Dr. Seuss got canceled

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"What's your climate credit score?" That's a question Americans may have to answer if the green global elites get their way.

While the media has distracted us with Orange Man Bad! and Russia, Russia, Russia!, the Left has been busy working on the fundamental transformation of America with a primary pressure point — YOUR money through YOUR bank. Democrats, forgetting the words of MLK, like to group people into categories. They judge you based on what skin color you have, your religion, occupation, your ideology, and now … your carbon footprint.

On his Wednesday night TV special this week, Glenn Beck exposes how they're now planning, not only to categorize you, but to give you a score. It'll determine everything for you: whether you can buy a home, get a new car, open a business … EVERYTHING. And if you don't bend the knee? You'll be blacklisted. But this isn't some far-off conspiracy theory. Multiple big U.S. banks are part of a private U.S. financial group enacting these policies now. It's here, and we're ALL at risk.

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Unlike the mainstream media, we at the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" decided to actually do the research and get to the bottom of CPAC's controversial stage design, which many on the Left have suggested was purposefully shaped like an obscure Nazi symbol. We got our answers straight from the source — and it's not what the media is suggesting.

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on Wednesday to share the real story of the stage design, who designed it, and why he's taking legal options against those smearing the Conservative Political Action Conference's name seriously.

Matt told Glenn he'd never heard of the alleged Nazi insignia, noting that even a staff member who "studied anti-Semitism in college" did not recognize the obscure symbol. He went on to explain how the stage designing firm, Design Foundry, and Hyatt Hotels worked collaboratively with CPAC event organizers for months throughout the designing and construction of the stage. However, when pressured by the cancel culture mob on social media, both companies "ran for the tall grass."

"Both the Hyatt and [Design Foundry] looked to CPAC and said [they] had nothing to do with this stage. That's outrageous," Matt stated. "This whole process takes months ... everybody saw this. Everybody had to figure out how to construct this. Everybody had eyes on it from every angle. And nobody in that process ever raised their hand and said, 'Oh, you know, I took a European history class, and I noticed [that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.] Nobody."

Matt went on to add that, while CPAC expects attacks from the Left, they also have every intention of standing up for themselves, the conservative community, the Jewish community, and all the people who love America.

"We're fine with taking the hits. We always take the hits, it's part of being a prominent conservative group. We'll take the hits, but we won't let people lie," Matt said.

"I can't tell you how many people have called me during the course of this most tumultuous of years and said, at what point does the conservative community, do the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, do the people who love America, and think it's okay to read Dr. Seuss, and love Thomas Jefferson and Mount Rushmore, at what point do they start pushing back on the cancel culture? At what point do they say, this is a line you can't cross? I think we're at that line," he added.

"We called our conference, 'America Uncanceled.' The whole thing became about them canceling us. At what point do we not have the right to say,' you can't treat us this way'? You're disparaging us. You're destroying our reputation. You're destroying our ability to be respected members of our community. So, I'm taking your challenge of pursuing our legal options very seriously. And I think we have to go broader. We can't let these companies just follow the woke mob. We can't do it."

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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