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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel HC (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230638
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Zev Chafets is the author of ten books of fiction, media criticism, and social and political commentary.

He was a regular columnist for the New York Daily News from 2000 until 2004. Today his columns appear frequently in major newspapers around the world, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Post. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

Born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan, he moved to Israel after graduating from college, and spent a decade in the army, government service and politics. In 1977, he was appointed Director of the Government Press Office, a post he held for five years during the administration of Prime Minister Menachem Begin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From AudioFile

A master entertainer, popular radio voice, and leader of the conservative political movement is profiled by Chafets, who expanded his NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE cover story with significant research and interviews, including unprecedented access to Limbaugh himself. Erik Synnestvedt's audio performance provides an engaging and informative tone as the author recounts compelling stories about Limbaugh's life--even the parts we already know about. Synnestvedt's narration is appropriately even-toned, youthful, and enthusiastic as the author describes Limbaugh's grand tastes, satiric humor, and relationship with his father, who was his hero. The result is an enjoyable romp, despite the abrupt jumps forward and backward in time. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Zev Chafets is the author of eleven books of fiction, media criticism, and social and political commentary. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and a former columnist for the New York Daily News.

Customer Reviews

I read this well-written and enjoyable book on my Kindle.
V. L. Wilson
Any one who listens to Rush knows that is not true, and I think they just sound like narrow minded bigots themselves.
This book give a great insight into him as a real person.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

248 of 284 people found the following review helpful By Andre on May 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Zev Chafets new book works as a kind of corrective to the spin put on Rush by our Legacy Media. And because this book (probably for the most part) is based on Rush's cooperation with the author, the reader gets some fascinating insights into Rush.

Unlike Zev, who first heard Rush as a national radio host, I first heard Rush long before he became a national icon, and so I had exposure to him without media spin. Although I don't agree with some of what Rush says (for example, I am pro-choice and okay with gay marriage...what business is it of the government anyway?)

I lived in Sacramento, California, when Rush Limbaugh first came to town and tried out his new 3-hour radio format without guests, just his own power as an entertainer and political commentator. Nobody knew about Rush, so nobody had much of a chance to plant a manufactured picture of him before he went on the air.

A friend and I listened to his moderate conservative voice, irreverent humor, and his intelligent political commentary. He was a hit in Sacramento, and within a few years was marked to go national. We knew he would be big.

We also anticipated how he would be attacked as a far-rightwing extremist, a hate-filled conservative. Nothing could be farther from the truth, but the politics is such that implanting that image before people had a chance to hear him would guarantee that a significant portion of the audience wouldn't hear him. Unfortunartely, once people were predisposed to be convinced of the "truth" that Rush Limbaugh was extremist and hate-filled and meanspirited, they would filter their experience of him in light of that "truth.
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184 of 211 people found the following review helpful By T. Ryan on May 27, 2010
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I received the book from Amazon as I arrived home yesterday evening. I was obviously pleasantly surprised as displayed by the picture I sent to both of you. The irony was not lost on me either, as a book about Rush Limbaugh, defender and champion of the private sector was actually delivered ahead of "shed"-ule, (not to be confused with "sked"-ule) and un-damaged by that wonderful government program - The U.S. Postal Service. Who knew?!?

The book is about 210 pages long and is an easy and enjoyable read. I read it start to finish on the back patio in about 4 hours, where I smoked two Churchill's (La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 7), consumed three "adult beverages" (Laphroaig single malt scotch), and wore my Club Gitmo t-shirt ("Your tropical retreat from the stress of Jihad").

For ditto-heads who are everyday listeners, much of the material covered about the show is already known, e.g. - Operation Chaos, The NFL ownership saga, "I Hope He Fails", Michael J. Fox, etc... While ditto-heads know about these events because we attentively listen three hours a day, it is nice to be reminded of them, as they always bring back fond memories. Especially some of the older things we forget about back during the Clinton years that aren't as fresh on our minds. What was interesting to me was discovering how Rush personally feels about some of these things as they pertain to his show (not his politics); such as "Barack the Magic Negro" (by "white comedian" Paul Shanklin) is his favorite parody they've ever done on the show.
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Combining historical data along with personal interviews and emails from Rush himself... author Zev Chafets has fashioned a detailed narrative of Rush Limbaugh's life from childhood to his current day *MEGA-STAR* status. While unabashedly admitting in the opening that the first time he heard Rush on the radio was akin to the first time he saw Elvis on TV... I found it refreshing that the author did not try to cover-up Limbaugh's gaffes whether public or private. Along with following Rush's life steps from Missouri... to Pennsylvania... to California... to New York... to Florida... and everywhere in between... this remarkably free-flowing easy to read tale of the man that Ronald Reagan himself dubbed "THE-MOST-DANGEROUS-MAN-IN-AMERICA"... includes his prescription drug addiction... rehab... legal battles... and public embarrassment and mea culpa.

Rising from not being an overly popular teenager who worked as a disc jockey and whose life goals were more of the same... to becoming perhaps the most influential non-politician in the country... Chafets digs deep to show the influence and history of the men in Rush's family. Rush's Grandfather, Rush Sr. was a lawyer and when he retired at the age of *ONE-HUNDRED-TWO-YEARS-OLD* he was the oldest attorney working in the United States. A fact that Rush's enemies might want to take into consideration if they're hoping Rush won't be around very long. Rush's Father, Rush Junior, also a lawyer... was an absolute hero to Rush III... "AND STILL CALLS HIM THE SMARTEST MAN I EVER MET." "BIG RUSH" was a World War II combat pilot and his anti-communist opinions and the way he thought the United States should be run formed the nucleus of what Rush is today.
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