Leading radio talk-show host Michael Savage has signed a deal to write two new thrillers, according to publisher St. Martin’s Press.
Due for publication in August 2011, Savage’s first novel, “Abuse of Power,” will be based in part on one of the most controversial episodes in the unfettered talker’s personal experience.
“My fictionalized account of being banned from Britain and hunted by overbearing governments is set in the San Francisco only I know,” said Savage. “This will be my most exciting book yet.”
“Michael Savage is one of the most influential voices in American politics,” said Matthew Shear, SMP executive vice president and publisher. In discussing public events, Savage emphasizes three issues: borders, language and culture.
The Michael Savage Show is syndicated in more than 300 markets across the U.S., and Savage commands a weekly audience of more than 10 million listeners, ranking him among the nation’s topmost talkers. Savage has written 25 books, four of which have made the New York Times best-sellers list.
“His radio show, his website and his bestselling nonfiction books are hugely popular and widely quoted,” said Shear. “What I didn’t know before – but see clearly now – is he has that same ability to fashion a good, action-packed thriller that is sure to please his legions of fans.”
In 2009, Savage’s criticism of Islamic terrorism provoked the British government to ban him from visiting the United Kingdom.
Savage was “considered to be engaging in unacceptable behaviour by seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence,” said UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
Savage denied he has ever advocated violence, and dismissed Smith as a “lunatic.”
In his most recent book, the nonfiction “Trickle Up Poverty: Stopping Obama’s Attack on Our Borders, Economy, and Security,” Savage compares the information disseminated by the White House to the disinformation produced by totalitarian regimes.
According to Savage, the current administration will exploit or even fabricate an “incident of violence, or even political incorrectness, against your own allies and fram[e] the political enemy for the deed, accurately described as perpetuating a mini-Kristallnacht.”
Savage also reveals such alarming facts as that illegal aliens comprise nearly a third of America’s prison population, and that the nation’s housing stock has declined nearly $5 trillion since the housing crisis began.
Savage elicited howls of protest with his 2006 book, “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.” His conclusions were soon confirmed, however, by clinical psychiatrist Lyle Rossiter, who published his own book on the same topic that year: “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.”
“The roots of liberalism – and its associated madness – can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind,” wrote Rossiter. “When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious.”
Born Michael Alan Weiner, Savage earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology and nutrition sciences from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978.