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The Way Things Ought to Be Hardcover – October 1, 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: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,777 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.
Charles B

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13 of 17 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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61 of 89 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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7 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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think this book was wonderful. Its just sad that someone who dosent like this book lacks common sense. If you want to get the truth behind the liberals, this is a must read. I am a full fledged DITTOHEAD, and damn proud of it. One more thing, HAIL RUSH LIMBAUGH
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28 of 43 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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28 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Kiril G. Kundurazieff on August 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Since the 80's Rush Limbaugh has pontificated from his throne at the EIB Institute on the most popular Syndicated Radio Talk show on the planet.

His conservative takes on things are a refreshing antidote to the "Far Left wing" branch of Liberalism & the Democratic Party, and this 1st book is a wonderful introduction to him, his views, and a lot of truth telling you rarely found on the air when the book burst on the scene in 1992.

I once was a Reagan Democrat, then became a Clinton Dem, yet still listened to Rush on the Radio.

I've since voted For Bush twice, and finally have evolved into a Registered Moderate Republican.

I used to joke that Rush made perfect sense when he wasn't speaking Republicanese, but, obviously, that view has changed profoundly over the years.

Read this book, learn from it
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39 of 60 people found the following review helpful By R. L. MILLER on September 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When this book was first released, there was a storm of protest against it. In my own native Rochester NY, a feminist group tried to pressure an area party house to overturn their decision to hire him to perform there, in complete ignorance of the fact that an entertainment venue caters to the people who will show up at a performance, not those who they know won't. It's amazing what a contradiction in terms the word "know-it-all" is. When I bought a copy of the book, fellow liberals among my friends sneered, their line of reasoning being not wanting to dirty their hands with it, throw their money away on it, yadda-yadda. My own line of reasoning was that knowing in some detail what is wrongheaded about the other side is essential to really knowing that they're wrongheaded. It was in that spririt that my high school poli sci class made Marx's "Manifesto" required reading. I remain a solid anti-communist to this day, however. But about Limbaugh, my bourgeois liberal friends preferred being peer-pressured into repudiating him word-unheard or by hearsay at best. Stimulus: "Rush Limbaugh". Pavlovian response: "Grrrr!" Hey, why contaminate your mind with facts when zealotry is the best course? But a redneck like me needs facts--we're insufferable that way. Like little kids who keep asking "why", to Mommy's escalating annoyance. It was at that point that I began to doubt my own credentials as a bona fide liberal. I could talk the talk and walk the walk, but I couldn't manage the mindless conformity that all ideologues must have, left or right. I could speak the language, but I wasn't really a native. To this day, I'm still not one of Limbaugh's "dittoheads". That would require the same level of conditioned response that being a "true liberal" does. But as a consequence of owning this book, when I dis this dweeb, I can provide chapter and verse, by direct quote from The Man Himself, as to just why he is a dweeb.
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