Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance


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About the Author

ALEXANDER ZAITCHIK is a freelance journalist and contributing writer at His writing has appeared in the "New Republic, " the "Nation, Salon, Wired, Reason, " and the "Believer." He lives in Brooklyn.


* ""A gripping and thoroughly researched Beck biography.""
--Joe Conason, Salon

"Common Nonsense will tell [his fans] more than they've ever known about Beck, but it will challenge the premises of his stories and his crusades. Zaitchik defends ACORN and environmental activist Van Jones from the pounding Beck gave them -- at times, the reader feels that he's watching a medic team pick up wounded bodies from the culture war."
--David Weigel, The Washington Post

"Fox News host Glenn Beck delights in provocation -- see his well-publicized spats with James Cameron, Rep. Anthony Weiner and others -- and, according to Alexander Zaitchik's new book, he's always had the knack. Indeed, the book, which Firedoglake calls, 'careful and studious...part biography, part deconstruction, ' reads like an extended list of all the folks the outspoken conservative pundit has irked during his rise from local radio host to national media icon."
--The Week

"A superb book... Alexander Zaitchik shows how Beck's blackboard schemes are fiction--part of what [Zaitchik] calls 'the oceanic audacity of his self-serving ignorance.'"
--Mark Schmitt, The American Prospect

"A sharp and informative smackdown."
--Mark Lilla, The New York Review of Books

"A tough critique of the host's history, philosophies and methods, aimed at separating fact from hyperbole [t]hrough detailed interviews, an examination of Beck's public statements, and a look at public records."
--St. Petersburg Times (Florida)