Rush Limbaugh An Army of One (Paperback)
|Author: Zev Chafets|
|This inside look at America''s most powerful radio host is based on unprecedented access to Rush Limbaugh and his private world.|
From the Publisher:
"Chafets has seen more of the pundit's personal world than any other journalist." -The Washington Post
People tend to remember the moment they first heard The Rush Limbaugh Show on the radio. For Zev Chafets, it was in a car in Detroit. The braggadocio, the outrageous satire, the slaughtering of liberal sacred cows performed with the verve of a rock and roll DJ-it seemed fresh, funny, and completely subversive. "They're never going to let this guy stay on the air," he thought.
Almost two decades later Chafets met Rush and they spent hours together talking on the record about politics, sports, music, show business, religion, and modern American history. Rush opened his home and his world, introducing Chafets to his family, his closest friends, even his psychologist.
What has emerged after months of correspondence revealing Rush Limbaugh's thoughts, fears, and ambitions, is a uniquely personal look at the man who is not only the most popular voice on the radio, but also one of the most influential figures in the conservative movement.
For this somewhat fair and balanced biography, journalist Zev Chafets had considerable access to his subject, the controversial conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Chafets examines the arc of Limbaugh's career over several decades, recalling how his was a central voice for conservatism in the 1990s, while not glossing over the personal issues that Limbaugh endured and which became fodder for the media. He acknowledges Limbaugh's rhetorical skills and his ability to identify and focus on single issues which then gain traction in the media at large; and he touches on Limbaugh's views on the new generation of conservative radio hosts, such as Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, who stand on the shoulders of...well, Limbaugh.