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“A marvelous storyteller.” (The New Yorker)

“Vivid storytelling. ... Michael Savage is one of the most influential conservative voices in America.” (BRETT M. DECKER, Washington Times)

“Savage recalls his childhood growing up in the Bronx. ... He’s got the knack for evocative detail, and this series of short vignettes features some indelible images, such as the immigrant father who, insisting that nothing be wasted, forced his son to wear dead men’s trousers.” (Washington Post)

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In time for the holidays, a celebration of family, home, and tradition by the #1 New York Times bestselling author and superstar media personality

"Train Tracks contains stories of ordinary American men and women, each of whom is extraordinary."

The holidays. It's the time when families gather and reflect on the past year, to remember losses, to toast triumphs, to look forward to new beginnings. In the spirit of the season, beloved author and radio host Michael Savage's Train Tracks reminds us how every member of our family—in fact, each individual we encounter through time—contributes essential gifts to our life story.

In the title chapter, set in the early 1950s, Savage remembers the excitement and mystery of riding the train from New York's old Penn Station to rural Pennsylvania at the start of the holiday break. Drawn from Savage's own journey from poor immigrant's son to media stardom, these deeply personal true tales show us that even in today's homogenizing times, we are all charting a unique destiny as we journey through life.

Train Tracks is an instant holiday classic by an American original—a very special gift to be read and shared as we gather together.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1St Edition edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006221084X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062210845
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Michael Savage is a multimedia icon in the conservative movement. The Telegraph in the U.K. ranked Michael Savage as one of the most influential conservatives in the United States, and with ten million weekly listeners, the Berkeley Ph.D. is the third most listened-to conservative talk-show host. Recently featured in The New Yorker and Playboy, Dr. Savage is the author of twenty-five books, including four New York Times bestsellers. His media presence and profile earned him the coveted Freedom of Speech Award from Talkers magazine in 2007.

Dr. Savage holds a master's degree in medical botany and a second in medical anthropology. Additionally, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in epidemiology and nutrition sciences. He is an ardent conservationist, is dedicated to his family, and is a proud patriot of his country.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew U on December 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I listen to Michael Savage frequently on radio but have never purchased one of his books. This was the first one I purchased and I wasn't as pleased as I thought I would be. This book is about parts of Mike's life written into short stories. The book has 45 chapters and 260 pages so needless to say a lot of the stories are two pages long. There are no "Holiday" stories in this book, but rather family stories that will be read over the holidays (if that makes sense!). For anyone who listens to his show, majority of the stories are going to sound very familiar. Still, some of the stories are inspirational. I have three pros for this book and two cons.

I really enjoy the hardcover and the front of the book (maybe not an issue to some but I like good cover art). My second pro would be the eight page black and white pictures of Mike's family. These pictures give a nice look into the man behind the voice. My final pro would be the way the book is written. The book is written in the way Mike talks on radio and when I read it, I read it as if Mike was actually telling me his story.

My first con would be a lot of the stories. As a Michael Savage fanatic many of the stories seem very familiar. A lot of the new stories are only around a page or two long which is kind of disappointing. My biggest con would be what is revealed on the last page in the book. On this last page it says that Chapters 18-45 were previously shown in his other book. While this wasn't as big of a deal since I didn't read his previous book, it just seems kind of cheap.

To conclude, I thought the book was "okay". I may have had my hopes up too high the way he hyped up the book on his radio show. It still is a nice book though and I'm glad to have purchased it.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Clayton Angel on November 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Iconic stories of one individual. A step back in time with a unique multimedia personality, the only way to judge it is by reading it yourself. Hats off to the abilty to be funny yet vulnerable. Good book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason on November 17, 2012
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Train Tracks, is a brilliant and colorful collection of stories from the life of Michael Savage. I found myself to be deeply involved with the characters throughout his life. The Speculator (In a Garden of Numbers) really had me interested. That story in particular really captivated me, and kept me in suspense. Dr. Savage truly is the best story teller alive.

I have to say, the stories in this book really did inspire me. I am a young man, who is 24 years old, so these times that Dr. Savage talks about, are foreign to me. Although like him, I am the son of an immigrant whose grandfather brought his father over to the United States of America. Hearing tales of these men, from Boy in the Basement, to From Immigrants Son to Radio Stardom, and more, really makes me want to take hold of life. To do something important. To be a man. An individual. And not an individual of today's standards who you can't tell apart from any other so-called individual. But to be someone who is himself.

This book will cause you to have a lot of deep reflection. Reflection of man, government, life, God and so many other things.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Travis on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
His opus, without a doubt.

Not since Psychological Nudity has the inimitable storytelling genius of Dr. Michael Savage been so judiciously captured in a single volume. Poetic and without pretense, Savage glides warmly and lyrically across almost 50 short stories, plucked all from his uncommon, incomparable, and yet thoroughly American upbringing. From "I Really Was Poor!" to "Woodchuck Bill," Train Tracks is that rare blend of humor, inspiration, and personal triumph that is so lacking in autobiographies and short story collections alike. Celebrity ghost-writers and literary fictionists alike should take note: this is how to write a compelling volume of stories.

For us, most ardent members of Savage Nation, there is considerable biographical meat to keep any fan of his radio show happy. "From Immigrant's Son to Radio Stardom," in particular, is a really enthralling account of Michael's earliest, most entertaining years as he climbed to the top of the talk radio world. A true story of American, rags-to-riches success, the early years of Michael's medium-defining foray into radio are among his most fascinating, and it's with rapt pleasure that we have the full story collected here at last.

Train Tracks should be acknowledged for the true, possibly unprecedented achievement that it represents. The transition from talk radio to book is not always a pretty one (though I will spare mention of the particular players in question); suffice it to say that Train Tracks is, without a doubt, the most authentic (not to mention entertaining) piece of Michael Savage literature ever published. Delight your family, friends, and colleagues, with the chance to experience these hilarious and touching tales.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on November 13, 2012
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While I liked the book, I also liked Psychological Nudity, his self-published book in 2008. Chapters 18-45 are in Psychological Nudity also. I was hoping for a book with all new stories, not expecting 60% of the book to be right from one of his previous. Disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tres Texas on January 21, 2013
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Not as expected. I am a Michael Savage fan. Heard him promote the book on his show which prompted me to buy it. The short stories are indeed about events and people in his formative years. It does depict life as it was in a very different era than today. Maybe if it was an audio book read by the author, it may have more "life." I found it a tedious read and not at all what I expected for a Holiday book.
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