"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.
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Great Insights into an Iconic Figure
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.
- Thomas G. Romano
Really filled in some blanks
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.
- William T Durden