Top 20 Books on Glenn's 2017 Christmas Recommended Reading List

The year 2017 was a year for the books, both figuratively and literally.

Between the seismic shift in the political landscape and the ever-present culture wars, the world doesn't look the same as it used to. This past year, Glenn took a deep dive into the human psyche and devoured both fiction and non-fiction alike to try and figure out where we are as a country and where we are headed --- and a few here and there just for fun.

If you are a fan and looking to be on the same page as Glenn for 2018 or have one on your Christmas list, here is a list of books on his nightstand this past year.

Defying Hitler: A Memoir

by Sebastian Haffner

Written in 1939 and unpublished until 2000, Sebastian Haffner's memoir of the rise of Nazism in Germany offers a unique portrait of the lives of ordinary German citizens between the wars.

Glenn's Review:

When I read Defying Hitler and I saw how the Weimar Republic got out of hyperinflation, it makes total sense. You're like, "oh, my gosh. That's it. This is what's coming." And it's all going to be electronic.

Buy: Amazon

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

by Yuval Harari

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Glenn's Review:

This is such an important book for the center of this country. Because you feel as though you're left out. Nobody is listening to you. You don't know what they're doing in Washington. You don't know what the elites are doing. This book is the book that the elites are reading. And it is fascinating. I disagree with this guy on some major fundamental issues, but this book is so important because it tells you what is coming.

Buy: Amazon

Tulipmania: Money, Honor, and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age

by Anne Goldgar

In the 1630s the Netherlands was gripped by tulipmania: a speculative fever unprecedented in scale and, as popular history would have it, folly. Tulipmania is seen as an example of the gullibility of crowds and the dangers of financial speculation. But it wasn’t like that.

Glenn's Review:

If you look at history, what happens right before a devastating crash? Crash of 1929, the Tulip Crash, all of it. Okay? What happens is, usually there is a buildup for, you know, just under ten years. And it gets crazy. And people are saying, it could never go higher. Then people start to have a run --- now, think of this with bitcoin.

Buy: Amazon

Departure

by A. G. Riddle

From the author of the #1 bestselling The Atlantis Gene comes a new novel in which the world’s past and future rests in the hands of five unwitting strangers in this definitive edition of A. G. Riddle's time-traveling, mind-bending speculative thriller.

Glenn's Review:

If you're looking for a good book to read, any of his books are great. Especially if you're into the futuristic paradox that we are beginning to go into. Departure is about time travel and quantum computing and what is in store with us in the future. And it's really good.

Buy: Amazon

Pandemic (The Extinction Files, Book 1)

by A.G. Riddle

From A.G. Riddle, the worldwide bestselling author with OVER 3 MILLION COPIES SOLD, comes a sci-fi thriller readers are calling "addictive" and "an achievement that takes the genre to the next level."

Glenn's Review:

I was on holiday, and I downloaded a whole bunch of books. And one of them, was Pandemic. I think that's the first one that I read. And I've never done this. You know, at the end of the book, it says, "hey, write to the author. Tell me what you think." So I did. And so I wrote, "hey, just finished one of your books. And I really enjoyed it."

I'm already into the second book. And it's really great.

He builds his fiction around some facts that I want to find out more about.

Buy: Amazon

Genome (The Extinction Files Book 2)

by A.G. Riddle

A code hidden in the human genome...Will reveal the ultimate secret of human existence. And could hold humanity's only hope of survival.

Glenn's Review:

If you're at all curious about what the future holds and where do we come from and what is the next turn? He gives you some food for thought. It's all sci-fi obviously. But it's quite good.

Buy: Amazon

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

by Ray Kurzweil

A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development from the bestselling author of How to Create a Mind and The Age of Spiritual Machines who Bill Gates calls “the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence.”

Glenn's Review:

I'm a big fan of Ray Kurzweil. At the same time, he scares the living daylights out of me. Because I don't hear a lot of talk about ethics. I hear a lot of talk about what can be done and what is coming.

Buy: Amazon

Origin: A Novel

by Dan Brown

Origin is stunningly inventive --- Dan Brown's most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.

Glenn's Review:

I was in the bookstores a couple weeks ago, and I just bought a stack of books. And Origin was one of them.

The premise intrigued me, which is a guy like Elon Musk has figured out, you know, where we came from. And says that he can disprove God. And I thought, "Okay. Let's see where Dan Brown is going with this one." I know it's going to make the Catholic Church look bad. I got that. What else is he going to do?

I urge you to read this book. It's a great Dan Brown book. It's in the same spirit as the Da Vinci Code.

You will spend a lot of time on Google looking things up, going, "that's not true. Is that true?"

And believe me, I spent a lot of time on Google. And a lot of the stuff in it is true. I mean, it's a real "faction" book, rather than fiction. It's got a lot of truth to it, and you'll learn a lot about history and everything else that you didn't know.

Buy: Amazon

Conclave: A novel

by Robert Harris

The best-selling author of Enigma and Fatherland turns to today's Vatican in a ripped-from-the-headlines novel, and gives us his most ambitious, page-turning thriller yet --- where the power of God is nearly equaled by the ambition of men.

Glenn's Review:

Robert Harris is a great novelist, great writer. And he wrote a few years ago, Conclave. And it's all about the Pope dying. Some intrigue. And what happens in the conclave to get the next Pope, etc.

It's so amazing to me that it doesn't matter if it's the conclave or if it's, you know, over in Europe or here. All politicians are exactly the same. They're exactly the same.

Buy: Amazon

The Atlantis Plague: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 2)

by A.G. Riddle

The Atlantis Plague is the second book in The Origin Mystery, the trilogy that has become a global phenomenon.

Glenn's Review:

Great storytelling. Really, really great storytelling. I really enjoyed it.

Buy: Amazon

Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane

by Brett King

The coming Augmented Age promises a level of disruption, behavioral shifts and changes that are unparalleled.

Glenn's Review:

Brett King is a futurist. He has written a great book, Augmented: Life In the Smart Lane. And I've been reading it for a while now and digesting it really as we go, and it has been a springboard for so many other books that I have been reading because of this book.

Buy: Amazon

Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win

by Luke Harding

An explosive exposé that lays out the Trump administration’s ties to Moscow, and Russia’s decades-in-the-making political game to upend American democracy.

Glenn's Review:

There is a book that I've read, that I think is an absolute must-read. In fact, I had everybody on my staff --- I kind of assigned it to everyone. And everyone says the same thing. The title turns them off. And they think they know what this book is. Well, don't judge a book by its cover.

He has written a terrifying look at what is really going on with Russia and the United States. And it is a bipartisan problem. This is something that no one is really paying attention to.

Buy: Amazon

The Second Messiah: A Thriller

by Glenn Meade

Some secrets are never meant to be revealed. For behind this mystery lies a revelation that will make you question everything you believe in.

Buy: Amazon

Artemis: A Novel

by Andy Weir

The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller --- a heist story set on the moon.

Buy: Amazon

Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson

The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.

Buy: Amazon

The Content Trap

by Bharat Anand

Harvard Business School Professor of Strategy Bharat Anand presents an incisive new approach to digital transformation that favors fostering connectivity over focusing exclusively on content.

Buy: Amazon

An Officer and a Spy

by Robert Harris

A whistle-blower. A witch hunt. A cover-up. Secret tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, and government corruption. Welcome to 1890s Paris.

Buy: Amazon

The Fear Index

by Robert Harris

High tech finance and sophisticated computer programming combine in this terrifying and fiendishly smart new novel from Robert Harris.

Buy: Amazon

The Lessons of History Paperback

by Will Durant,‎ Ariel Durant

A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.

Buy: Amazon

Dangerous Brains

by Erik Hamre

Dangerous Brains is a thought-provoking techno-thriller in the blockbuster tradition of the Andromeda Strain. It is a book that will stay with you long after you finish.

Buy: Amazon

If next year has any hope of keeping up with this year, there is definitely plenty on this reading list that could shed light on how that might happen. So long 2017 --- good riddance!

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.