By Jim Fletcher
Since taking over for Art Bell as host of the mega-hit “Coast-to-Coast AM” radio program in 2003, George Noory has come to identify with another iconic figure: film character Howard Beale.
Beale, a network TV anchor (portrayed by Peter Finch in 1976’s “Network”) who “lost it” as he watched society unravel, stood up on national television and with a deranged look in his eyes, shouted: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
Lo and behold, it resonated with the masses – much like the Donald Trump phenomenon has done today.
Noory shares some things in common with these larger-than-life men; namely, his discernment about what “the people” really want and think. After decades on the air talking to everyone from truck drivers to UFO researchers, Noory was compelled to have his own “Mad as Hell” moment and thus was born his new blockbuster book of the same name.
It’s every bit as entertaining as his daily show.
In a nutshell, Noory explains the world as he sees it currently, then serves as a spokesman for the disaffected masses. Finally, he leaves a message of real hope, encouraging readers and listeners to take a long view and stay steady amidst tectonic changes taking place in society around the world. One of the strengths of the book, and of Noory’s overall philosophy of life, is the fluidity he maintains as he watches events unfold. In other words, apart from bedrock principles, he is able to stay steady in the storms of life, while seeing the Big Picture and, to some degree, the future.
(In “Mad as Hell,” he discusses Bible prophecy to a degree. It is remarkable how much he has in common with so many divergent groups.)