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"Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims" is Limbaugh's first new book in 20 years
In September, Rush Limbaugh announced that his first book in more than 20 years was scheduled for publication at the end of October.
The book, available at the WND Superstore, was written for young people, but Limbaugh has always insisted that its fresh take on American history can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
He reminded listeners of his radio show today that he had resisted numerous demands to write a new book, explaining he didn’t feel compelled to write yet another “conservative manifesto.”
That’s when his wife, Kathryn, suggested that he write a children’s book instead.
“She said, ‘Look, you have expressed your concern over what’s happened to elementary education,” Limbaugh recalled. “Well, all of education, but particularly young people. Why don’t you do a book aimed at young people that tells the truth about American history. You could start with the Pilgrims, ’cause that’s where it all really did start.”
Inspired, Limbaugh came up with the idea of a character, Rush Revere, with the ability to travel through time, videotape great events in American history and share them with 21st century students.
“I’ve had you call me over the years,” Limbaugh noted today, “and ask, ‘Rush, what can I do besides vote? What can I do?’ I ask myself the same thing: ‘What can I do above and beyond the radio show?’”
Limbaugh said he hoped the story will teach young people that the Pilgrims faced hardships they can’t possibly imagine, and they still managed to forge a great nation through their faith and hard work.
It’s a lesson that’s considered unfashionable and even “politically incorrect” in most public and even private schools, Limbaugh said.
“You’re part of this effort to get started here on reclaiming the birthright and the truth of this country,” he declared. “We all love it. We all have a profound appreciation for this country. We understand what American exceptionalism is, and we want everybody to understand it.”
One highlight of the show was a glowing review of the book by James Golden. Otherwise known as “Mr. Snerdley,” Limbaugh’s longtime call screener praised the book’s lively blend of words and images, including maps, diagrams of the Mayflower and old and new photographs.
“His review brought tears to my eyes,” said Limbaugh.
Callers who already had purchased “Rush Revere” phoned in to praise the book. Some said they had ordered multiple copies for their children and grandchildren.
Before the show ended, “Rush Revere” was No. 1 at Amazon.com, a spot it first held right after Limbaugh announced the book in September.