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The Way Things Ought to Be Hardcover – October, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067175145x
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671751456
  • ASIN: 067175145X
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Rush Limbaugh is a way of life for over twelve million avid and devoted listeners. For three hours every day this comic conservative of the airwaves with "talent on loan from God" entertains, provokes and persuades friend sand enemies alike in a no-holds-barred show that is one of the biggest draws in radio history. Using personal anecdotes, Limbaugh now reveals the major influences on his life and views, and blasts off on all the leading issues of our day. Nothing escapes his acerbic wit and huggable charm as he proves why he is on the cutting edge of societal evolution and the epitome of morality and virtue. Here he holds forth on such subjects as: Anita Hill, The Homeless Fraud, The Media, and many others. Tackling the hottest topics of the times from Feminazis to Environmentalist Wackos, Rush Limbaugh is at his satirical best---the provocative conservative and the showman who is "documented to be almost always right 97.9% of the time" about The Way Things Ought To Be. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rush Limbaugh Rush Limbaugh was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, a "quintessential Midwestern small town," where he fell in love with radio in elementary school. He became a Top-40 deejay in the 1960s and held various other jobs before finding his true calling as a radio talk show host at KFBK in Sacramento, California. In 1988 his radio show went national, and it can now be heard in 616 markets across the country. Rush Limbaugh makes his home in New York City and divides his time among his daily radio show, speaking engagements, and his nationally syndicated television show. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

I never listened to Rush until after I read this book.
James D. Crabtree
I don't view big government as the threat to America, I view corporations with deep influence and no social conscience as the threat.
Judah
As you read this book, you can easily imagine that Rush is talking to you just like he does on his radio show.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book shows the way a vast majority of the people of America think. To long, this majority has been belittled and now Limbaugh has come along and (as he writes) validates what these people think on a wide array of subjects. That is the overriding reason for the success of this book. He has done his homework and it shows in these pages. The politcal left in this country, content to make childish insults, ignore this book at their own peril for this book will be noted as a milestone in Conservative literature.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Rush limbaugh speaks the truth about what is wrong with america.
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62 of 90 people found the following review helpful By The Professor on February 25, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not a Republican. I'm not a Democrat. I'm just a regular guy interested in knowing why so many people like Rush. After reading this book, I think I found out.
I never liked Rush's radio program too much, finding it to be elementary and simplistic (his TV program was even more so), and found his "Democrats are bad, but Republicans are good" talk to be even more childlike. After reading his book, however, I came to realize (to Rush's credit) that perhaps this seeming simplemindedness was due less to Rush's lack of intellectual profundity and more to trying to secure good ratings in a the constricting medium of radio.
The print medium suits Rush much better, which is saying a lot given his immense radio popularily. I was impressed by Rush's facile writing style and pleased by the fact that Rush provided empirical support for many of his pro-conservative arguments (something he rarely, if ever, did on his radio or TV programs). That said, Rush still has a penchant for answering difficult questions in the context of a simple black-or-white framework, and I was especially disappointed with his stance on the environment (basically, we could do whatever we want to the environment because it is strong and will fix itself like it has for billions of years).
Over all, however, I thought it was a decent book, one that presents Rush as a thinking individual and not just another radio personality spewing off-the-cuffers to appease the rating gods. I'd recommend this book to anybody who is not a die-hard conservate (nothing new here for them) who would like some perspective on their own views, or would just like to see where the "other side" is coming from.
Plus, it's entertaining, especially when you don't agree.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am an unabashed liberal and can not stand this man, but I read his book anyway. I found it to be suprisingly intelligent and well written. I disagreed with most major points, but not because of the way they were stated.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Rush Limbaugh comes through once again with political entertainment unparalelled. With The Way Things Ought To Be, Rush points out the flaws of liberalism, the triumph of the Reagan years, and the flops of the Clinton Presidency. A must have if you agree with him or not
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Limbaugh has found the formula most of his Right Wing colleagues have missed out on. He dodges the pomposity which puffs the Buchanans and Buckleys up like balloons ready to be popped by approaching political theorism in the manner of an entertainment or art critic. Yes, liberals DO overindulge in wishful thinking--the fact that I refuse to succumb to that malady probably disqualifies me from having the right to call myself a real liberal. The criminal justice system's usefulness to protect society has declined over the years--we DO coddle criminals. I've long since gotten over the disenchantment with law and order caused by the right wing's abuse of it when they used it to try to crush the civil rights and antiwar movements of the '50s and '60s. That was then, this is now. There are some very valid points made in this book if you can get past Limbaugh's ideology as a whole. My liberal friends (and former compatriots) regard my purchase of this book and its sequel as a waste of money. They're welcome to my share of knee-jerk naysaying and facile rhetoric like "mean-spirited"--when I take issue with litterbox-trained fascism (that's all conservatism really is), I want FACTS to back me up. Churchill said it best; "Across the gulf of war, I salute a great soldier" (he was speaking of Rommel). I only wish my crowd had somebody of Limbaugh's gifts--Al Franken isn't that good a substitute.
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30 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Take The Power Back on November 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Having actually read this book about 10 years ago, I have to tell you that I enjoyed it. I didn't agree with everything Rush wrote, or agree with HOW we should make things the way they ought to be, but this book was entertaining and thought-provoking.
I think because this book was written so long ago, before he became a caricature of himself, there was a fair amount of intellectual honesty in it. I wish he'd stayed on that path, but wealth and fame and millions of unquestioning fans (aka ditto-heads) could lead almost any man astray.
I'm an unapologetic liberal (look the word up in Websters and you'll see why), and I believe there's a need for HONEST debate from all parts of the political spectrum. Rush's contribution in "The Way Things Ought To Be" demonstrates that this is indeed possible - and that at one time he seemed to believe it, too.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rush only has to change one thing to make this book 100% correct and that is change were he says he's right only 97.9% of the time to 100%.
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