The Most Dangerous Man in America

Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason

John K. Wilson

Thomas Dunne Books

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Rush Limbaugh is the most prominent figure in the conservative movement today. With almost 20 million listeners every week on more than six hundred stations, Limbaugh has a larger media platform than any other individual in the nation. And this is why he is so dangerous. 
     Despite refusing to uphold even the most basic standards of journalism, Rush has been given an extensive, wide-reaching platform with which to spew his venom. And spew it he does! In this book, author John K. Wilson uses the most damning evidence of all—Rush’s own words—to deliver the ultimate indictment of Limbaugh’s bankrupt ideology and how it embodies the decline of the conservative movement.
     Wilson catalogs the world according to Rush—from the political conspiracies to his disdain for scientific evidence and apparent love of racist, sexist, and homophobic stereotypes—and shows how the radio personality poisons any rational political rhetoric with an endless stream of slurs, lies, and intimidation. Most revealingly, the author demonstrates how Limbaugh’s blustering, baseless proclamations and love for savage, personal attacks have had a chilling effect on both parties, as he viciously targets not only liberals but also any Republican who dares question one of his conclusions. Meanwhile, Rush’s viselike grip on the political arena has created a media monster so powerful that even liberal commentators are forced to engage with him and his polarizing discourse.
     The Most Dangerous Man in America reveals Rush Limbaugh to be just that.  No matter what you thought about the man before, you will never feel the same way about him again.

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RUSH LIMBAUGH’S RACISM
 
WHEN RUSH LIMBAUGH TRIED to buy a share of the St. Louis Rams in 2009, it sparked a national debate about race that went far beyond the football field. Several NFL players, including Mathias Kiwanuka, Bart Scott, and Donovan McNabb, announced publicly that they would not play for a team owned by Limbaugh.1
But the discussion of Limbaugh’s racism was quickly diverted by two fake quotes that had been attributed to the radio host around the Internet. In one, Limbaugh was falsely accused of saying, “I mean, let’s face it,

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"No matter what you think you know about Rush Limbaugh, be prepared to discover that he is even more evil and more dangerous than you ever imagined. John Wilson unmasks America’s leading conservative as a shallow thinker, intolerant bigot, and congenital liar. And that’s just for starters."

--Bill Press, host of The Bill Press Show and author of Toxic Talk: How the Radical Right Has Poisoned America’s Airwaves

 

“No matter what you think you know about Rush Limbaugh, be prepared to discover that he is even more evil and more dangerous than you ever imagined. John Wilson unmasks America’s leading conservative as a shallow thinker, intolerant bigot, and congenital liar. And that’s just for starters.”

—Bill Press, host of The Bill Press Show and author of Toxic Talk: How the Radical Right Has Poisoned America’s Airwaves

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John K. Wilson

JOHN K. WILSON is the author of six previous books, including Newt Gingrich: Capitol Crimes and Misdemeanors, Barack Obama: This Improbable Quest, and Patriotic Correctness: Academic Freedom and Its Enemies. He is the editor of Illinois Academe, the newspaper of the Illinois conference of the American Association of University Professors. For more information, please visit www.limbaughbook.com.

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The Most Dangerous Man in America
Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason
John K. Wilson

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
March 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312612146
ISBN10: 0312612141
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 400 pages
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
March 2011
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ISBN: 9781429965446
ISBN10: 1429965444
352 pages
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