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Drudge collaborated with Julia "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again" Phillips to produce a writing style that reads like a breathless and often disjointed e-mail. But the book is a vehicle for ideas, not sparkling prose, and its value lies in Drudge's assessment of the current state of the media as well as his take on its future. One of the most interesting (and certainly the clearest) parts is a transcript of a Q&A session conducted at the National Press Club on June 2, 1998, which lays out Drudge's manifesto better than the book itself. The NPC is hostile territory for Drudge, and, unsurprisingly, he is grilled by moderator Doug Harbrecht. In the end, Drudge makes a strong and thoughtful case for his methods and his right to be a reporter. And he gets in plenty of zingers of his own: "You know, these questions are pretty tough, and I think if you directed this type of tough questioning to the White House, there'd be no need for someone like me, quite frankly."
This is also a chance for Drudge to sound off. He boasts of beating CNN (by eight minutes) to the announcement of Princess Diana's death; of being the first to report Bob Dole's selection of Jack Kemp as his running mate; of his scoop of the Microsoft-NBC merger. He replays the events surrounding his decision to release the Lewinsky information on January 17, 1998 (the book is dedicated to Linda R. Tripp), and volunteers his favorite Web sites and sources. His book is not only a manifesto but a manual for anyone interested in following his lead. "With a modem, a phone jack, and an inexpensive computer, your newsroom can be your living room, your bedroom... your bathroom, if you're so inclined," he writes. In today's media climate, that's the way it is. --Shawn Carkonen
Very interesting. This is a bit on the creative side with some poems (only a few). I was most interested in how he got his start and he does go in detail about how he got his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Quirky Girl
Interesting book. I start every day on the Drudgereport.com. Nice to know all about Matt Drudge. This book is still good to read today as it was in yesteryear.Published 13 months ago by Flamethrower
I love the Drudge Report! It's usually the first website I access in the morning, and usually check it several more times during the day. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by Reader 7
A self aggrandizing fool who would rather lie than tell the truth Drudge drones on and on accomplishing nothing. Read morePublished on May 5, 2011 by Frank Kelley
If you read the Drudge Report on a regular basis and ever wonder what makes the man tick, you should read this book. Read morePublished on May 15, 2009 by John S. Diamond
I am a hugh fan of the Drudge Report, but this books seems to have been more of a "cash-in" type thing, it really doesn't offer much of anything unless you enjoy reading AIM... Read morePublished on February 27, 2008 by John
Matt Drudge has challenged the mainstream media for over a decade now with his website and he gives a fresh take on what the internet will become in future years. Read morePublished on August 12, 2005 by Jacopo Peterman
Matt Drudge will be remembered for the role he played in popularizing the revolution brought about by the advent of Internet news. Read morePublished on May 14, 2005 by Frederick Meekins