Comments about ‘'Miracle of Freedom' sales soar with Glenn Beck endorsement’

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Published: Thursday, June 9 2011 5:08 p.m. MDT

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JoeBA
Pleasant Grove, ut

I don't want to be too picky, but as a historian myself, this book (though I have not read it yet) seems to be exactly like Glenn Beck. Un-researched. I am very conservative in my unaffiliated political position, so that's not it--it's just, well, scholarship being twisted to be a little more dramatic than it was. Most would argue that the Mongols never intended or even attempted to invade Europe. They showed up and punished Eastern Europe for harboring refugees from their empire, but that is it. I fully believe that freedom is miraculous, but am waiting for the film of world history I plan on watching in the hereafter to show me the real story. Many of us crave proof of divine intervention throughout history, and I believe it's there, but it is so hard to prove unless He Himself points it out. Why not look at real Christian geniuses like Alfred the great? Well, I'll tell you why--because these authors only know the history that everyone else has already written about and make a great deal of coin while recycling, but not improving upon the work of better historians.

utgopdude
CLEARFIELD, UT

JoeBA. As a historian you should know that you shouldn't criticize something that you have not even read yet!

Bodi
FARMINGTON, UT

JoeBA,

"As a historian myself, this book (though I have not read it yet) seems to be exactly like Glenn Beck. Un-researched."

I must admit that it is difficult to abstain from being abusive or offensive after reading a comment such as this. As a "historian" you should know better. This makes me question your credentials as a "historian". What exactly is your definition of a "historian"? Did you become a "historian" when you completed your U.S. History class in High School? Or was it when you completed your history degree at the University of Phoenix? How can I become a "historian" such as yourself and qualify myself to make comments that are so ridiculous? Do us all a favor and edit or delete this statement.

Bluto
Sandy, UT

@utgopdude bodi

What's the big deal with evaluating something you have never read?

Isn't that what passes for being informed, today?

After all, members of Congress freely admitted they did not "Read" the health care bill, before passing it.

Boy are you guys demanding.

James FFS
Bountiful, UT

JoeBA. As a "Historian" you should probably read the book before you start being "too picky". I love reading about history! Going forward I would like to be addressed as a historian. So as the worlds newest historian, I think this is a great book. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. JoeBA, you said "these authors are recycling stories, and not improving upon the work of better historians". How do you know? You didn't read the book! As a fellow historian I would prefer you stop embarrassing the rest of us by making statements without out doing the research. You are giving us historians a bad name.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Do you suppose Beck actually read the book?

one old man
Ogden, UT

Huh? I just realized the Deseret News had this item filed under "Entertainment."

That tells us a lot.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: JoeBA | 9:32 p.m. June 9, 2011

As a 'historian' you've probably heard the old saying that "you can't judge a book by it's cover".

Open minded people will read the book before making a judgment on it's contents.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: one old man | 11:40 a.m. June 10, 2011
"Do you suppose Beck actually read the book?"

Based on his comment that This is one of the best history books Ive ever read I have no reason to doubt that Beck did indeed read the book.

Now if Weiner had made the comment I'd have to stop and question his credibility.

James FFS
Bountiful, UT

Re: one old man
"Do you suppose Beck actually read the book?"
Beck went into detail about reading the book. So Yes. BTW- JoeBA there is a Historians festival this weekend in SLC. Do you want to carpool?

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Actually it's Beck's endorsement, that would have me not wasting a moment to even peruse it.

Rifleman said: Based on his comment that This is one of the best history books Ive ever read I have no reason to doubt that Beck did indeed read the book.

Based on the history of both Weiner and beck, I'd say chance are good they're both lying.

Breakfast of Champions
American Fork, UT

Everything JoeBA said was correct. It's really easy to spot a researched vs. a non-researched piece of work after you've studied history for a while.

How many of Beck's favorite books, or even his own books, do you have to read before realizing that the man plain and simply does not base his statments on actual historical documents, information, and data collected by REAL historians? And the few times he does pull out a document it is usually cited incorrectly or out of context.

@JoeBA

For some reason people seem to think the only US history that matters is the Revolution and the Progressive Era. As with the Progressive Era, people like to criticize it left, right, and center, but fail to have realized/learned that it was a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, capitalism at its best (or worst). If people bothered to study ALL of US history they'd start seeing things for how they really are, not just in the context of their proported ideological beliefs.

katamb-midvale
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Excellent! Good things do happen to good people! I highly recommend the "Great & Terrible" series by Chris Stewart too. It'll keep you up at night but it's great - what really could happen in these, the last days.

(Did Isaiah prophesy that the Book of Mormon musical would win all these Tony awards? I wouldn't doubt it.)

FreedomWriter1
Queen Creek, AZ

For those who "believe" (probably without watching) that Beck doesn't back his words with research or facts, they probably don't like his facts, or the "fact" that he is right 90% of the time. The Elders of Israel (starting with Beck and the Stewart Brothers) are rising up to save this nation...and we will, as prophesied, succeed!
Tom Ballantyne

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