January 16, 2013 Leave a comment
AN ARMY OF ONE
By Zev Chafets
Considering how many years that Rush Limbaugh has been on the radio, and his countless hours of broadcasting, how much do you really know about the man? What was his family life like when he was growing up? What was he like in high school? What do people who have worked with Rush think about him?
Zev Chafets wrote a profile of the man for the New York Times Magazine. Later, he expanded his piece, and this book is the result.
Very few books have been written about Rush Limbaugh that do not include the words fat, liar, and idiot in the title. Chafets makes a serious effort to give readers a true biographical sketch of the man. He is one of the few people from the media that Rush grants access to.
While the author gives a mostly positive portrayal of Limbaugh, he deals head-on with some of the most controversial aspects of the radio man’s life. Rush’s drug use, multiple divorces, and battles with ESPN and the NFL over the issue of race are given their fair share of attention in the book.
For a man that is so famous, and so influential, it is amazing how few authors have written about Limbaugh’s personal life in such a meaningful way. Readers will learn how Rush got into radio in the first place, including his non-traditional path to making his career.
The book was published in the early part of 2010, prior the Republicans regaining majority control of the House of Representatives. In its final chapters, the book is a little out of date on its political analysis, but is still worth a read.
Whether one is fan of Rush Limbaugh or not, he is not to be underestimated.
4 stars out of 5.