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The Rush Limbaugh Story: Talent on Loan from God : An Unauthorized Biography Hardcover – September 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312099061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312099060
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,896,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Colford, whose weekly radio column appears in New York Newsday and the Los Angeles Times , tracked down Limbaugh's past shows (and past wife) to fashion an entertaining, balanced biography of this outsized phenomenon of the airwaves. Although the book is unauthorized, "Rusty" did not stop the author from interviewing his mother, brother and others close to him. We follow Limbaugh as he defies his father and leaves his Missouri home to find work as a disc jockey, failing time and again before striking it rich in 1988. Now at age 42, he can boast of talk shows and a bestselling book, The Way Things Ought to Be , as well as millions of fans, including former President Bush, for whose reelection Limbaugh campaigned. Observing that his subject seems to have nothing "resembling a personal life," Colford depicts Limbaugh with a sympathy his detractors in liberal political circles aren't likely to share. Photos not seen by PW .
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Lightweight bio of Rush Hudson Limbaugh III, the heartland eminence whose glib wit and rough charms have made him a heavyweight champion of tory causes. With no help (or hindrance) from his subject, Colford (a media columnist for Newsday) has cobbled together a once-over-lightly account of Limbaugh's life that, among other shortcomings, provides superfluous detail on broadcast-industry minutiae. The author first tracks the man from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in his determined efforts to forge a career in radio. Having failed as a top-40 DJ and spent five unfulfilling years in promotion for baseball's Kansas City Royals, Limbaugh made a name for himself as host of an afternoon talk show in Sacramento--an act taken national in 1988 by a crafty packager. The rest, so to speak, is history: The immensely popular college dropout (who turns 42 this year) now reaches over four million listeners daily with his brashly conservative radio commentaries. He also presides over a half-hour syndicated TV show and, of course, has written the bestselling The Way Things Ought to Be (1992). While Colford expresses some grudging admiration for Limbaugh--whose jocular broadsides challenge conventional liberal wisdom on fronts from abortion to cultural diversity, the environment, feminists, homosexuality, and taxation--he's at pains to dish such dirt as can be unearthed. Among other matters, the author delves inconclusively into Limbaugh's 4-F draft status during the Vietnam War; remarks frequently on his subject's lifelong weight problems; features sources who view the twice- divorced commentator as a lonely guy; and questions whether a Manhattan-based Limbaugh can survive as a superstar member of the media elite he professes to despise. What Colford doesn't do is offer any sustained analysis of the visceral appeal of an entertainer who's given voice to many of the electorate's deepest aspirations--and fears. A profile of a consequential showman, then, that's more notable for background noise than substantive content. (Eight pages of photographs--not seen). -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Harrington on March 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is neither an expose nor a ballyhoo (despite the subtitle, "Talent On Loan From God", which is a phrase Limbaugh often applies to himself) but is straightforward account of an intelligent but aimless man who eventually wanders into the role of the biggest thing in talk radio.
If it has a fault it's that it's too dry, but you'll find a lot of interesting events that foreshadow his future career as the right's spokesman. For instance, how he was fired from his DJ job for contantly playing the Rolling Stones'"Under My Thumb", probably the most misogynistic rock song of all time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on April 8, 2012
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I have never been a fan of Rush, but I have not been a hater either. However during this recent saga I became more interested. This book was a good read about a young man who quit college to go for a career in radio, only to struggle for the first many years. In fact he got fired from so many radio jobs he got away from it to work for the Royals baseball club. The book goes into good detail about his life growing up and his early radio career. It does a good job of following his career path until the book was published in 1993, including his time in Sacramento and New York City. It is dated, but the story is still interesting. I actually found his ability to overcome failure (fired from his first five radio jobs) to be inspirational. Love or hate Rush, this is a book you will probably enjoy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mad Max TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting biography of Limbaugh, and the story of how he rose to the "biggest" talk show host in America, making history and breaking all kinds of records.

Love him or hate him, this is an interesting story. And it's undeniable that Limbaugh has made a huge impact on radio, journalism, and his talk format is now being mimicked by Fox News, CNN, and even the liberals on MSNBC.

If you listen to Limbaugh, you probably already know a few of these stories - things Limbaugh talks about openly, like his birth place of Cape Girardo, his early broadcast jobs in Kansas City and Sacramento. But this goes into much more detail, including some jobs where he *bombed* and/or got fired!!

An interesting read.
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I love the libs who say Limbaugh is a radical. I've been waiting twenty years for him to say something radical -- so I can like him even more. This book gives a mainstream interpretation.
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Laura Turner on July 15, 2010
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He gave voice to the tea party. He helped GW destroy this country. Everything that is wrong with America right now, the depression, etc., is due to him and his like. Ignorant, frightened, fearful people. Did you hear Sarah's daughter is marrying the man she maligned? How sad are those of you who would even listen to this complete idiot? You've made him rich. You've destroyed this country and now you're joining the tea party to completely demolish it. I hope reason, and sanity prevail, but I'm not really certain myself. November will show us how strong the self-destructive impulse in this country is. This guy's a moron. I don't care about his "life story". Personally, mine's more interesting. Get a life of your own and a brain of your own and think your own thoughts. This guy is a poster child for what's wrong with America. What a country. Idiot's can actually take over a political party and rule. How sad.
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