If you don’t mind that kind of direct honesty and candor, then you will very much enjoy Beck’s book.
In full disclosure let me state Beck and I work for the same parent company, Clear Channel. But in fuller disclosure let me also state although I knew of him, I never actually listened to him until about 3 weeks prior to buying his book.
His show finally came to a station where I live and I began to hear some of it on my ride home from my own morning show.
Beck says he's an Independent but his views are more conservative than liberal and if you feel that is too harsh for your political values, you will most likely gasp at most of what he writes. That’s why I would like to avoid reviewing his book based on his political views, and tell you more about the book as a whole.
Beck, a former Top 40 DJ and alcoholic, has a straight style which gets to the meat of how he feels. He’s funny, sarcastic, self-deprecating, and surprisingly deep in some of his thinking. These are all good traits for an author.
He approaches a multitude of subjects which seem very well researched, aside from his very opinionated comments.
I purchased the hardcover edition. Well, actually, I didn’t "pay" for it with real money since I earned a bunch of points with my Amazon Visa card and had a $25 dollar Amazon gift certificate sent to me which I turned around and used to get the book. If you appreciate that kind of honestly, you’ll like Beck's effort.
One of the features I really enjoyed which Beck peppers throughout the book are his "A.D.D. Moments". They are small tidbits which are randomly boxed off with offbeat thoughts and asides triggered by whatever he’s writing about. I thought most were clever and pleasingly distracting.
Another aspect of the book I liked were the well-placed illustrations, both humorous and satirical. It’s obvious a lot of thought went into producing this tome - and I'd like to point out that might be the only time this year I get to use the word “tome”.
(About Review Moment: a "tome" is usually used to describe a large or scholarly book according to merriam-webster.com.)
An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems is 304 pages and published by Threshold Editions.
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