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Conservative radio talker and Fox News regular Gallagher celebrates his career, his views, and his beloved liberal-Democratic wife in this chatty, self-confident debut. "The left is trying to destroy the pillars of our great country," Gallagher says. After a foreword by Sean Hannity, regular listeners will expect—and enjoy—attacks on familiar targets: Bill Clinton, Michael Moore, the Dixie Chicks, animal-rights groups, Hollywood liberals, parents who won't spank their kids and immigrants who don't or can't learn clear English ("Heh-yo, Hoppy China, yoh ohrduh peez?"). One chapter describes Gallagher's heated interview with "smarmy, arrogant" pollster John Zogby, who wrongly predicted a John Kerry win in 2004. Yet the right-wing host spends as much time, and perhaps has more fun, with anecdotes from his life and career. "Breaking into talk radio" at 17, the South Carolina native won a New York City radio berth before going national. After 9/11, he explains, "it was liberating to view the world from the perspective of Us versus Them." Even more liberating was Gallagher's successful battle with fat—he explains how he lost, and has kept off, 70 pounds. (July)
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About the Author

Mike Gallagher is a talk radio host syndicated nationally by the Salem Radio Network. He also appears regularly on the Fox News Channel as a contributor and guest host. Gallagher is a pundit for the popular news and opinion website Newsmax.com. Gallagher and his wife live in New York City and in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1St Edition edition (June 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060737980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060737986
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,051,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By john purcell on May 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mike Gallagher is one of the lesser known of the national conservative talk radio hosts. He clearly plays a second fiddle to the likes of Rush, Sean, Gordon, and Laura. I picked up this book to learn more about him. His story is compelling but his analysis and reporting is in line with the second tier hosts. Gallagher lost both his parents at an early age but found his true calling at an even earlier age when he walked into a local radio station as a high schooler and was hired to fill in that night for a sick host. Mike paid his radio dues, travelling the country to pursue jobs at larger stations, holding unique events like an all-night Al Sharpton vigil, and falling in love with a woman who already had four kids. This book was written before Mike's bride was diagnosed with cancer and lost a short battle. The love between the Gallaghers is wrapped in every word Mike has for his better half, who ironically was his political opposite, a New Deal lefty.

Like his hero Hannity who wrote a short and difficult to follow foreword to this book, Mike is a self made man and a true believer that the only role of government is to remove obstacles from the path of the entrepreneur. Gallagher has done a lot of good work raising money for wounded warriors, disabled veterans, and probably most importantly, their sometimes forgotten families. Like his predecessor Pat Robertson, Gallagher has an opinion on nearly every subject. In this book he even tells us how to lose weight based on his own experience. I did not get the insightful political commentary I was expecting here, most likely you are better off checking in with O'Reilley and Morris for that. The book is well written (now a bit dated) by an extraordinary man but it is not in the realm of Conscience of a Conservative.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Kronquist on February 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mike Gallagher is a liar. I was on hold for a topic and I was told that they already had enough callers with my opposing point of view. Three minutes later Gallagher says nobody called in to oppose him on the topic!! This liar believes he can get away with that stuff, and he often does. There are postings on the internet of Gallagher also committing blatant lies. Gallagher is a man who believes he is more intellectual then he actually is though. There are 12 year olds who are deeper thinkers then Gallagher. Absolute drivel.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By PatKG on January 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Did you know that when this book is on the shelf in the library, Ann Coulter is on one side and Newt Gingrich is on the other? Yup, surrounded by idiots. Hey, he said it!
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30 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J. Green on May 6, 2006
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As a conservative it never ceases to amaze me that nationally syndicated talk show hosts feel compelled to write books. Obviously it is a testament to their inability to get their point across within fifteen broadcast hours each week. Gallagher's opus is no exception. From Sean Hannity's sycophantic forward with its grammatical faux pas to the closing self-deprecating remarks in the final chapter it is a mediocre read at best and fails to offer any convincible solutions toward "fighting liberal lunacy in America".
This book is much like his show: considerable drivel about how things should be in his opinion and how those who don't share his philosophy are `idiots'. According to Wilkipedia.org an idiot is defined as "... a person with a very severe mental retardation or a very low IQ level..." Mike's opponents on the Left are not idiots. Idiots, by the above definition, would be incapable of holding public office or maintaining successful careers in entertainment or academia.. The root cause of their lunacy is driven more by ingratitude to this great nation more than anything. Gallagher fails to grasp this simple fact.
He writes: "The thrust of the book that you now hold in your hands is political". Gallagher himself has incorrectly assessed his own writing. It is anything but political. Bashing politicians, entertainers, and academicians who are left of center does not provide for interesting reading, is tantamount to childish name-calling, and is hardly a persuasive political strategy. Rather than harp upon the ills of society, comparing them with the "back when I was a kid" mantra, Gallagher would have been better served to focus on the political issues that have aided in the political and cultural decline in which we as a nation find ourselves.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cris Matthews on January 29, 2010
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Unlike reviewers who bash any opinion but their own, this review attempts to focus on the style and content of the book, not Mr. Gallagher's politics.
I read this book when Gallagher's show was added to the WIND-Chicago-lineup. He, Hugh Hewitt and Michael Medved were also coming to Chicago for a discussion of Obama's first 100 days in office. Since Gallagher was new to me, I'd hoped to learn something deeper than his radio show persona.
While I thoroughly enjoy Gallagher's program, the book left me wanting. It reads like a transcript of his show. So much so, I could almost hear him reciting it. There was no real insight into the basis for his conservatism, no deep revelations from his life. More or less an extension of his show. I wanted every day Mike. I already know--and like--radio Mike.
Mike wrote this before his wife contracted, and succumbed to cancer, making some of the anecdotal information unwittingly bittersweet. Otherwise, the book is rather dull, lacking inspiration or substative insight. Perhaps this is why there hasn't been another book.
The upside: Mike Gallagher is a dedicated patriot with a heart for America as big as the continent. Skip the book and tune in your radio. You won't be disappointed there.
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