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Right Turns: From Liberal Activist to Conservative Champion in 35 Unconventional Lessons Paperback – December 27, 2005
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“Fierce, fearless, funny, and formidable.” —Mel Gibson
“Insightful, funny, powerful, and important.” —Rush Limbaugh
“Michael Medved’s own right turns have helped many Americans discover Right thinking, and this powerful, gripping book should win many more converts.” —Ann Coulter
“A provocative memoir . . . Even many of his readers who hold to very different political and social views will concede, grudgingly, the quality of Medved’s intellect.” —New York Times Book Review
“Right Turns is an engaging memoir and a moving tribute to America. It is also a very accessible road map for explaining the practical reasons old radicals often become older conservatives.” —National Review Online
“Medved’s is an indispensable voice in America’s national dialogue on politics and popular culture.” —Washington Post
About the Author
Michael Medved is a talk-radio host and author. An honors graduate of Yale University, he lives in the Seattle area with his family.
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While Medved is now known as a staunch conservative, it wasn't always so. Medved came from a traditionally liberal Jewish family with well-established leftist tendencies. The most interesting part of the book for me was reading about his transformation from liberal to conservative, and the lessons that helped that metamorphosis. Medved is amazingly accomplished, and knows (or has known) an amazing assortment of people. I was especially interested in his accounts of his friendship with fellow Yale law school student Hillary Clinton, and his interactions with other Yale students he crossed paths with, including John Kerry, George W. Bush, Joe Lieberman, and Howard Dean. His views of Bill Clinton, who he knew from both his relationship with Hillary and activism in an early political campaign, also show keen insights which have stood the test of time.
This book is more of a personal memoir than his previous efforts, and while I find him an intriguing person, some of the recollections of familial conflict, while important to the shaping of his character, tended to be a tad lengthy. For that I would like to subtract a half star from my score, but since reviewing rules don't allow for that, I give "Right Turns" four stars overall. The book is excellent in its own right, but is not as consistently compelling as some of his other (even more excellent) works. I greatly enjoyed his observations on media and film, particularly his recollections of co-hosting "Sneak Previews." Longtime Medved fans will also learn the answer to a longstanding question about "Muki the Wonder Hound" and the fabled movie "Dog of Norway."
For insight into world politics and issues, nobody stands above Michael Medved, the original "Cultural Crusader" and proud American. I highly recommend this book without reservation.