Reviewing the literary output of Glenn Beck
July 6, 2011 1:19 PM Subscribe
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The Los Angeles Review of Books examines the literary output of Glen Beck.Beck could not have pulled off his transformation from self-described “recovering dirtbag” to weeping TV star without two critical elements: sobriety and religion. Probably he realized that he needed help that day in Baltimore when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated with one of the doors on his DeLorean hanging open. Beck has said that soon after, in 1994, he considered suicide. Instead he found AA and Tania, his second wife, whom he married in 1999. It was she who insisted that together they pick and embrace a church. Though raised Catholic, Beck chose another religion, one that has worked hard to pave the bumpy road in the valley between Jesus’s love of the poor and the American love of money. Mormonism, the fourth largest church in the country, is also the religion of American exceptionalism, the idea (or feeling) of preordained superiority that constitutes the Tea Party’s principle underlying tenet. Church founder and charismatic leader Joseph Smith was the most extraordinary promoter of American exceptionalism who ever lived: he believed that Adam and Eve were born in Jackson County, Missouri.