A searing indictment of Rush Limbaugh's bankrupt ideology and how he has singlehandedly squashed American political debateWith almost 20 million listeners on more than 600 stations, Rush Limbaugh is the leading and most dangerous figure in the conservative movement today. John K. Wilson uses the most effective strategy of all-Rush's own words-to show how Limbaugh's flagrant disregard for the truth and penchant for savage personal attacks laced with racist, sexist, and homophobic slurs have held the political arena hostage. n this scrupulously documented dissection of the media giant, the author reveals how Rush's seductive message of hatred has replaced political debate with paranoia. Limbaugh's machine has become so powerful that even Republicans dare not question any of his conclusions, while liberal shows are forced to engage with him and provide a forum for his venomous agenda.Backed up by nearly two thousand footnotes,The Most Dangerous Man in Americais a rigorous, definitive takedown of the one man who does more than any other to poison the American airwaves.
The nearly 20 million people who listen to Rush Limbaugh regularly are not likely to pick up this critique documenting the distortions and negative tactics he uses to entertain and to advance a conservative agenda. The likeliest audience is readers who already believe that Limbaugh is racist, sexist, and homophobic. Wilson (Patriotic Correctness: Academic Freedom and Its Enemies) has spent hours listening to Limbaugh broadcasts and reading transcripts. To illustrate how dangerous and extreme Limbaugh's ideas are, he examines the language he uses to describe women and minorities, dissects "Limbaughnomics," and documents the misinformation broadcast on health-care reform. Wilson decries Limbaugh's impact on civil political discourse. VERDICT With over 2000 footnotes, this book almost serves as a reference tool to document Limbaugh's extreme views. It provides more description than analysis and, with its extensive documentation, can be slow reading. Of interest to liberal readers and scholars concerned about Limbaugh's influence on American society and politics.-Judy Solberg, Seattle Univ. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Thomas Dunne Books
February 28, 2011
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