"I know the liberals call you 'the most dangerous man in America,' but don't worry about it, they used to say the same thing about me. Keep up the good work." -Ronald Reagan in a letter to Rush Limbaugh, December 11, 1992
Do you remember your first time? People tend to remember the moment they first heard The Rush Limbaugh Show on the radio. For Zev Chafets, it was in a car in Detroit, driving down Woodward Avenue. Limbaugh's braggadocio, the outrageous satire, the slaughtering of liberal sacred cows performed with the verve of a rock-n-roll DJ-it seemed fresh, funny and completely subversive. "They're never going to let this guy stay on the air," he thought. Almost two decades later Chafets met Rush for the first time, at Limbaugh's rarely visited "Southern Command." They spent hours together talking on the record about politics, sports, music, show business, religion and modern American history. Rush opened his home and his world, introducing Chafets to his family, closest friends, even his psychologist. The result was an acclaimed cover-story profile of Limbaugh in The New York Times Magazine. But there was much more to say, especially after Limbaugh became Public Enemy Number One of the Obama Administration.
At first Limbaugh resisted the idea of a full-length portrait, but he eventually invited Chafets back to Florida and exchanged more than a hundred emails full of his personal history, thoughts, fears and ambitions. What has emerged is an uniquely personal look at the man who is not only the most popular voice on the radio, but the leader of the conservative movement and one of the most influential figures in the Republican Party. While Limbaugh's public persona is instantly recognizable, his background and private life are often misunderstood.
© Zev Chafets (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp
I have listened to Rush for a couple of years off an on. The book really does a great job filling in the blanks and answering questions i had about someone that really seems to be pretty open on the radio. Understanding his distrust of the media that he opened up for this writer and asked friends and family to be honest is amazing. Well worth the time and money.
His relationship with the NFL.
Reagan In His Own Hand - because both give you remarkable insight into the person apart from the partisan spin.
His performance was very good. I listened to this on a long drive and never got tired or bored with the reading.
Yes. As mentioned above, I listened to this on a long drive and knocked out most of it in one sitting.
Love him or hate him, you really should get past the partisan rhetoric and get to know him. This is the perfect book for doing that.
Rush has a true and clear way to relate to today's problems.
The Cullture of Corruption
Hearing a person's passion on his voice vs."silent" reading.
It made think about why this country is "off-track!'
As an avid Rush fan for many years, I consumed this audiobook in two sittings. Enjoyed knowing more of the story -- especially his radio days -- that Rush has mentioned now and then through the years.
Who chose this narrator? Ouch! Annoyingly choppy. Obviously not a Rush listener either, he mangles the "Duddle lit, duddle lit, duddle lit" vocalization Rush leads with in some of his impromptu updates. The narrator also mispronounces Mark Levin's name. Good grief, Mark is a best-selling author and has his own syndicated radio show, can't we get his name right?
A great review and perspective of Rush and his life. Thoroughly enjoyed this one one my trip home from Paris.
This is the first time I did not "test drive" the narrator prior to purchasing the audiobook. My bad. The narrator's growly catch in his voice at the end of every sentence became the annoyingly distracting main character of the book for me. Looks like it's hardback book time for this one. Drat.
I have listened to Rush every day for a while now and I have nothing but respect for the man. This book seems basically fair to me. I do however think the author got it wrong when he stated that Rush despises Jessie Jackson. I would guess Rush to be rather thankful for lib adversaries like Jessie Jackson. And wouldnt original thought be required to accomplish the things Rush has?
It is very obvious that Zev Chafets had a lot of personal time with Rush and I'm surprised that he is very straightforward in presenting the information he has about this very influential man. Even those who hate him know that Rush is a major force in voicing the concerns and issues of conservatives in American politics. This biography doesn't gloss over the controversies that Rush has encountered in his personal life; however, it also shows just how much this one man with a microphone has been able to achieve.
There is a good overview of Rush's years growing up in Missouri which had lots of information that was new to me. The author had access to Rush's brother David and many others who grew up with the young Rush. We also are shown the steps in his career as Rush starts out in Pittsburgh and finally goes to New York and conquers the airwaves.
This is not a juicy insiders bashing of his subject, but a complete (as seems possible with a man who doesn't trust many people with access to his private life) overview of Rush's background and career.
THis was a good book, and the author did a great job of being honest and not a smear job. Not a biography, but some interesting things are found with in.
Avid audiobook addict!
The author's obviously star-struck, so it's no wonder that Rush promotes this book all the time on his show. Very little new that wouldn't have been obvious from listening to Rush's show for the past couple of years. Any criticism in this book is EXTREMELY mild. Mostly a dry recitation of history over the past few years, with large numbers of verbatim quotes from Rush thrown in to keep it vaguely interesting.
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