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Good Day!: The Paul Harvey Story Hardcover – May 19, 2009
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He was the voice of an era. Millions grew up listening to Paul Harvey News and Comment and The Rest of the Story, and trusted the great man who spoke for the little guy.Good Day! by Paul J. Batura follows the remarkable life of one of the founding fathers of the news media. Paul Harvey started his career during the Great Depression and narrated America's story day by day, through wars and peace, the threat of communism and the crumbling of old colonial powers, consumer booms and eventual busts. In Good Day!, you'll follow,
* How he became "Paul Harvey"
* The remarkable adversity he confronted in his early years
* How he revolutionized the radio industry with his wife, Evelyn
* How a president wanted to "roast" him "good"
* How he was nearly jailed for pursuing a scoop
From the Back Cover
"Paul Harvey: a voice of reason, a voice of common sense, an eloquent spokesman for the America and the Americans he loved. Open this book and read `the rest of the story.'"
--Ben Stein, author, actor, economist, and journalist
--Mike Huckabee, FOX News political commentator and former governor of Arkansas
"Paul Harvey had a voice and a broadcast you didn't want to turn off. Paul Batura has a book you won't want to put down. And like Harvey's news and comment, you don't want it to end."
--Dan Vallie, director of the Kellar Radio Talent Institute, Appalachian State University
--Hugh Hewitt, host of the "Hugh Hewitt Show" and Executive Editor of Townhall.com
"Harvey's legacy couldn't be in more capable hands."
--Dr. James Dobson, bestselling author, National Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster, and founder of Focus on the Family
Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this book to you and your family.
You will not put this book down.
I found it sad (I was not surprised) that the media outlets, print and television, said very little about his death. I found one small article buried in the front section in the Baltimore Sun. I suppose today's leftist media didn't want to be bothered with writing tributes to such a man.
This book will help to keep the memory of Paul Harvey fresh in our hearts and minds. What a man!!!!!!!!!
This book, though, takes you behind the scenes to learn what Paul Harvey would have termed "the rest of the story." Consider these little known facts:
*He grew up in very modest circumstances, especially after his policeman father died after being shot by car thieves. Paul was three years old.
*His early opportunities with the microphone took him to Salina, Kansas, and Missoula, Montana, with nothing there resembling Chicago's "Miracle Mile" that would become so familiar to him years later.
*His station owner in Missoula told Paul, "You have a silly and funny sounding voice. Honestly, you're never going to make it in the news business. You don't have a believable sound for news. It's distracting. People won't trust it." Following those words, the manager fired Paul Harvey, who declined a sales position offer.
*A Kalamazoo, Michigan station manager disliked Paul Harvey's on-air vocal pauses. The manager thought Harvey was simply wasting valuable time. After listening politely, Paul agreed to "shorten but not entirely eliminate the tactic." Eventually, many millions of Paul Harvey's listeners would recognize his trademark pauses, and stand by patiently until the next intriguing words came.
The book tells, too, about his lifelong romance with his wife, called "Angel" in his hundreds of broadcast references to her. She became a valuable personal and professional teammate--reflecting convincingly that few people make it to top echelons without solid family dedication.
This book merits the bestseller status it is destined to achieve.
The Complete Communicator: Change Your Communication-change Your Life!
Starting with a brief reflection from Harvey's funeral in February 2009, the book rolls through Harvey's colorful life, highlighting accomplishments, challenges, milestones, and the occasional mysterious element to the radio legend's life. There's even a brief section at the end of the book that includes tributes to Harvey from such notables as: Gil Gross, Hugh Hewitt, Philip Gulley, etc.
All in all, this is a fantastic book and highly recommended. It's wonderful insight into the life of an American radio giant.
On with the book. I didn't realize Harvey did so much stuff in his life, that he and his wife were radio pioneers. This book kept me hooked and I enjoyed reading it. Harvey was the precursor to the conservative radio hosts we have today, but he wasn't in your face about it, and he didn't try to get into trouble, and wasn't divisive. I found the whole incident with the nuclear lab facility interesting because that doesn't sound like the Harvey I thought I knew. I find it amazing that he enjoyed his job even after 76 years, good to know some are doing what they love. I enjoyed reading about his adventures, how he missed Pearl Harbor by 2 days, had an amazing marriage, and his travels from city to city. Overall, a good book!
author of Don't Mess With Earth
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good biog of the late radio commentator. Always enjoyed his on-air style!Published 1 month ago by voracious reader
Loved Paul Harvey & miss him daily. Grew up with him. Mom listened to him, I listened to him & my daughters did too. As close as I can be to him. Pray he's happy with his Angel.Published 8 months ago by maryellen
A moral compass we all need to find. He shows us the way through the daily misinformation we are fed.Published 10 months ago by Roch Le Blanc
Paul J. Batura's biography of Paul Harvey was an enjoyable read. He captured the essence of what made Paul Harvey so beloved by so many. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Timothy