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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.

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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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; Reprint edition (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671751506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671751500
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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64 of 92 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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31 of 46 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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This is the Real Deal by the guy who speaks it every day. Although I enjoyed him more during the time when he was still secretly addicted to drugs, even in recovery, he is unequivocal.

Naturally - and I am only about the 2,576,483rd person to point this out - his knowledge of history is miniscule, frequently wrong, and generally misleading, but that does not stop him from literally DEFINING the history and perspective of those who desperately want, or need, to believe this history. [Take part in some of the discussions downstairs in the Capitol Hill Club to see for yourself how seriously Rush is taken.] After reading this book, you get the general feeling that he actually BELIEVES, for example, that the Founding Fathers were all churchgoers, that involuntary servitude actually ended with the Emancipation Proclamation, that racism is dead, and a whole host of other conservative touchstones and bromides. No room for nuanced history here, where every historical incident has a unitary and unequivocal hermeneutic morality play simply waiting to be explicated.

I liked the guy when he was poking the holes that needed poking in the Left, and watched him drift slowly into that far right wing that would have bothered Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, bewildered Richard Nixon, and utterly dumbfounded Dwight Eisenhower. This book is a snapshot before the slide got serious. If you want to know what makes the guy tick, this is a part of the study course.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gremlin on September 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Once there was a little so-called liberal who scoffed at the mention of Rush Limbaugh. The little liberal was narrow-minded and biased against Limbaugh even though she never gave his message a listen. Then one day the unenlightened lib read this book, and her life was changed! Dramatically so. Liberalism was exposed for the actually narrow-minded chaos that it is. It was if blinders had been removed and new, crisp vision was given. That little liberal was me. Conservatism changed my life, improved me in every way, and I am absolutely a happier and stronger lady now. I'm listening more to Dr. Michael Savage more though, as he is full of passion and has a titanium set of boulders. You get news from Savage you rarely get anywhere else. Anyway, Rush's first book is a great first conservative book to read. - Vivian McAlexander
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