Feel better about your humanities degree: Glenn Beck’s bestselling history book

Back in 2010 I wrote about Glenn Beck’s salary in comparison with his educational spending (never enrolled in college).

This evening it was pointed out to me that Glenn Beck, high school graduate, is the author of a New York Times bestseller on American history: Miracles and Massacres: True and Untold Stories of the Making of America. The book gets 4.5 stars from Amazon reviewers, narrowly beating out Pauline Maier’s American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence (Vintage) (Maier is a professor at MIT with a PhD in history) and crushing Drew Gilpin Faust’s The Creation of Confederate Nationalism (Faust, possessed of an Ivy League PhD, is now president of Harvard University!).


  1. paul kramarchyk

    January 4, 2014 @ 6:52 pm


    I see the Boston Globe’s blurb says Maier’s book is, “a deft intellectual achievement.” Sounds like they’ve identified the problem with sales numbers. This is twenty-first century United States Of America. Beck is a sanctimonious right-wing TV personality. Maier is merely a scholar at a prestigious institution for higher learning. It’s not even close.

  2. Jack Crossfire

    January 4, 2014 @ 7:35 pm


    Says a lot about how startups insist on their employees having PhD’s in computer science.

  3. philg

    January 4, 2014 @ 7:37 pm


    Jack: What startups are you referring to? Other than in Biology I didn’t think that it was common for a startup company to employ a PhD.

  4. jack crossfire

    January 7, 2014 @ 3:21 pm


    Anyone in the UAV business. 3D robotics notoriously requires it to do anything useful.

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