SNERDLEY: I love all the kids who call in about your books. A mom
called in the other day who said her son loves your books and wants to
become a filmmaker so he can make movies out of your books. These
kids are all articulate, they’re all smart, they all love the country, they’re
all incredibly moved by the storytelling in the Limbaugh books, they all
RUSH: It’s gratifying. The whole idea for it was Kathryn’s. Vince Flynn
was urging me to write a book of my monologues for the 2008 election.
Maybe it was 2012. I said, “Vince, it’s too big of an editing job. There is
20 years of stuff people would have to read and edit, it’s too much.” I
know people who would do it. I just couldn’t see it. Then Kathryn said,
“You know, why don’t you do a children’s book — about history?”
That really was intriguing. It’s a new market, it’s really purposeful, it
has a measurable impact and it’s just exceeded all expectations. I had no
idea how this was going to work. We don’t call them “children’s books”
anymore, because they’re bigger than that. They’re actually young adult
books. When you say “children’s book,” people think picture book.
These are actual novel-type books, except they do contain true events in
American history, written for easy comprehension for ages 10 to 12.
In the latest book, I talk about George Washington in Rush Revere
and the Presidency. The premise is that one of the time-traveling students
of the substitute teacher, Rush Revere, is running for class president and
Revere says, “Let’s grab Liberty and go back and ask George Washington about it.” We had met George Washington during the Revolutionary War. So we go back, and this time it’s not focusing on his views on
the Constitution, it’s more how George Washington, the man, the moral human being, looked at leadership and how you campaign and get
the trust of people voting for you.
Hopefully after this, at some point, there may be books for the same
kids when they get older, so you can go deeper. Like writing about the
Constitutional Convention, that sort of thing. But we’ve done five of
these in three years and they fly off of the shelves.
RUSH: You ought to see the pictures we get from families. Their kids are
dressing up like Revere and other characters and taking pictures. Some
of them have horses and they’re pretending they’re Liberty, or they go to
a zoo where there is a horse.
Videos of them opening the
box when Amazon delivers
the book. They go on the Rush
SNERDLEY: Do you have a few
extra photos to share in The
RUSH: Good idea. It’s my magazine, so yes.
SNERDLEY: Cool. It’s amazing to hear these kids. I remember the
books that I read when I was that age, and I always loved history. We
had books called English Writers and American Writers. They were companion books, red covers, I don’t know who published them. American
Writers had great stories of American history. I loved that book. And I
loved the English Writers book, too, which is why I started learning
SNERDLEY: I also loved the Tom Swift books, the Nancy Drew books.
RUSH: The Hardy Boys.
SNERDLEY: Those are the ones that stay with you. You may not remember what the stories were, but they have a place in your heart as you
RUSH: That’s what I wonder — will these kids, 10 and 12, still like the
books when they get to high school? Are they going to remember them,
will they be telling people about them? Will they remember the history
they’ve read and apply it to what they’re then being taught? Will it be
part of their growth? These are the unknowns that I really hope are all
SNERDLEY: Me too. For the book to have that place in their heart at
this age, it’s going to stay for the rest of their lives.
RUSH: I hope you’re right about that, because they have that place in
our hearts. It’s work to get permissions, and do the illustrations, and lay
it all out, and double-check the history, and so forth. There’s a good
group of people who actually produce these things around the text. It
takes a lot of work, intense work. Then we’ve got an expert who reads
drafts to make sure that the lingo is good for the age group. We make
sure that we can get that as close to believable and not
square or odd. And it’s been an amazing process to get
this done. Those kids who call the show, it’s mind boggling, listening to how articulate they are, how intelligent, polite. You know their parents are standing right
there, but still —
SNERDLEY: They’re awesome.
RUSH: They’re able to carry on communication independently.
SNERDLEY: They’re critical thinkers already.
RUSH: Yes! n
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