Before you criticize someone you should walk a mile in their shoes, that way when you do criticize them you'll be a mile away and you'll have their shoes.
Well, I found two fairly credible sources for Reviews on the book, and they are as you might guess, what seems diametrically opposed in views and recommendations.
From the Chicago Tribune;
Granted, it's somewhat absurd to fact-check a book that features a talking horse who transports people into the past and sometimes makes himself invisible. But there are plenty of real facts in the book. And perhaps even more noteworthy is the book's tone, which bears little resemblance to Limbaugh's bombastic, confrontational radio show.
This book is downright sweet. And warm. And positive.
It also has an unsophisticated and even corny sense of humor that may underestimate 13-year-olds. But it's never mean-spirited.
Rush Revere is the author's alter ego, a substitute middle-school history teacher who dresses like Paul Revere and time-travels with his magical horse named Liberty.
Rush and Liberty, sometimes accompanied by two bright students, go back in time to the Pilgrims' Atlantic crossing on the Mayflower and the establishment of the Plymouth colony. Many of the book's details line up well with historical accounts.
Limbaugh's political viewpoint certainly shows up, but less than you might expect. He even defines "American exceptionalism" in a manner unlikely to offend Rachel Maddow: "It does not mean that we Americans are better than anyone else. It ... means that America is special because it is different from all other countries in history."
Review: 'Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims' by Rush Limbaugh - Chicago Tribune
And here's one, from the Washington Post blogs; where the article writer is either being very facetious or honestly loves the book.
The 15 best lines from Rush Limbaugh’s historical fanfiction about himself.
Yes, Rush Revere has a talking, time-traveling, time-stopping horse named Liberty who is always hungry. Also, he befriends a quarterback named Tommy and a girl of Native American heritage named Freedom (who can talk to animals with her mind?). He goes back to 1620 and 1621 to teach Pilgrim leader William Bradford about, among other things, the evils of redistributionist economics. I am in no way exaggerating this.
It is basically historical fanfiction that Rush Limbaugh has written about himself — okay, about “Rush Revere” — where he pals around with Pilgrim leaders Myles Standish and William Bradford. And if you don’t believe that this is every bit as amazing as it sounds.
If Mr. Limbaugh wants to stop doing the radio thing and write these books full time, I would be heartily in favor of it. He has a definite gift.
The 15 best lines from Rush Limbaugh’s historical fanfiction about himself
But I agree, if it's an entertaining and educational source for kids, by all mean give the book it's due without partisan gibes.
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
The correlation is a natural and obvious one. If it wasn't me it would have been someone else. No, I haven't read his books either, but I have read about them and a few quotes. From what I can tell, the books seem to be more about Rush and his magic pony, than history.
Here's a few memorable quotes from 'Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrim'.....
The 15 best lines from Rush Limbaugh’s historical fanfiction about himself14. “In a way, [mean girl] Elizabeth was like Massasoit. She was the leader or sachem of this school. Students either feared or revered her. She watched and waited for any sign of weakness in her classmates or any opportunity to send the message that she was in control. I wondered when our next meeting would be. And I wondered what happened in the meeting between the Pilgrims and Massassoit. I doubt Massassoit had brought pink cupcakes.”
13. “I mean you might be a mugger or a zombie or even worse, a vacuum cleaner salesman!” (This doesn’t make more sense in context.)
12. William [Bradford] pointed to the frame on the ground and said, “This will be the Common House. It is one of the first buildings. It belongs to everyone. We’ve agreed to set aside our want of personal property or personal gain and instead create a community where the houses and buildings and profits belong to everyone. We are trying to create a fair and equal society.”
8. As [Native American visitor to the colony] Somoset used his hand to sample each item, William turned to us and whispered, “He seems like an honest fellow and eager to befriend us.”
“Yes, but can we trust him to stay with us overnight?” asked Myles, suspiciously.
“Rush Revere, what do you think?” said William.
7. I approached William [Bradford] and said, “That was a difficult situation but you handled it well.”
6. “You are always thinking of the future, Rush Revere,” said William, smiling. “I like that about you.”
5. As we finished our sticks of salted beef, I walked over to William and said, “I just wanted to say that I think you make a fine leader.”
William said, “Thank you, Rush Revere.”
4. As we reached the gangplank William Bradford recognized me and said, “Rush Revere! It does my heart good to see you again.”
Rush the substitute history teacher and his talking, time traveling, magical horse.....are more likely to inspire kids to take a nap than to pick up a real history book. lol
It seems harmless enough.
Last edited by Moot; 03-21-14 at 03:15 AM.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.