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Rush Revere and the American Revolution by Rush Limbaugh

“Did you hear something?” I asked.
“If you mean my stomach, yes,” Liberty replied

–Prologue

Limbaugh, Rush. (2014). Rush Revere and the American Revolution: time travel adventures with exceptional Americans. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

I found this book, the third in a series, while going through the Young Adult section of the Lending Library, and I am pleased to report that I was able to refrain from laughter at this improbable sight and thus preserve the Sacred Quiet of the Library. Instead of laughing uproariously, I flipped through the book’s pages and perused its contents: the illustrations (cute but typical), the captions of the historical photographs (effective though awkward) and, of course, the story (clever enough but only of average execution). The premise of the book is that Limbaugh, in the role of Rush Revere, uses the time-traveling powers of his horse, named Liberty, to go back in time on a mission to aid the Founding Fathers during the American Revolution. There are, I’m sure, worse ideas on which to found a novel, but Limbaugh’s execution is unengaging, the narration stilted and overly didactic, and excessively reliant on the comedy relief Liberty offers every two or three pages. So while I can’t recommend this book for its educational or literary value, it is most certainly good for a giggle; those who enjoy sniffing books will also find that it boasts a unique scent with notes of wood pulp and manifest destiny.

How it got published: Author’s reputation
Rating: Could be worse

Reviewed: 07.04.2016
Posted: 07.14.2016
Updated: 09.03.2019 (added rating)

Published inHistorical fictionYoung Adult

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