Let's Be Heard: The King of Conservative Talk Radio Speaks Out to America!

Let's Be Heard: The King of Conservative Talk Radio Speaks Out to America!

by Bob Grant
     
 

Let's Be Heard is a tour de force of Bob Grant's savvy, forthright thinking on what's right and what's wrong with America. With unfailing aim and ever-present wit, he unflinchingly takes on liberalism's sacred cows - among them "Slick Willie" Clinton, Teddy "The Swimmer" Kennedy, wheelchair radicals, academia nuts, Columbus bashers, feminist emasculators, welfare…  See more details below

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Let's Be Heard is a tour de force of Bob Grant's savvy, forthright thinking on what's right and what's wrong with America. With unfailing aim and ever-present wit, he unflinchingly takes on liberalism's sacred cows - among them "Slick Willie" Clinton, Teddy "The Swimmer" Kennedy, wheelchair radicals, academia nuts, Columbus bashers, feminist emasculators, welfare swindlers, and third world "governments." "I don't mind if others call me a conservative, but I'm just me." In fact, Bob Grant has never been predictable - how many conservative icons have successfully raised the hackles of both fans and foes? Most of his listeners love him, many others love to hate him, but for all who tune in each afternoon to his heady and engaging mix of old-fashioned storytelling and withering social commentary, Bob Grant is more than anything else a supreme entertainer - and the tops in American talk radio.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The danger of using labels in politics is thrown into relief in this collection of 50-plus essays delivered on radio by talk-show host Grant, who labels himself a conservative. Although he espouses the right-wing positions on big government (bad), taxes (bad), immigration (bad), career welfare clients (bad), the death penalty (good) and affirmative action (bad), he deviates from it by backing abortion rights and euthanasia and opposing term limits on officeholders. On a few issues his positions are more complex: while he backs gun ownership, he supports gun control, and on the subject of racism he avows that he is no more prejudiced than most American whites. He offers several lists, one of black heroes (e.g., Clarence Thomas), one of American heroines (e.g., Phyllis Schlafly) and one of conservatives he dislikes (e.g., Oliver North). A page titled "Ten Liberals Worth Keeping Around" is left otherwise blank. The book is likely to arouse as much controversy as Grant does on the air. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
As host of the eponymous Bob Grant Show, the author has spent decades espousing the controversial views that clutter this book.

To wit: Drugs should be legalized but poisoned; illegal immigration is a war against America and should be treated as such; and the death penalty should be visited on everyone from pedophiles to arsonists (jaywalkers, for the moment, are safe). While he spurns labels, most of Grant's views cluster far to the right of center, although he has a strong, contrarian libertarian streak. But opinions are no substitute for rational, well-developed thought. Hopscotching from topic to topic (many, such as political correctness, slightly musty with age), Grant uses almost any handy stigma to beat liberal dogmas. For example: "Our leaders have absolutely no right to spend even one nickel on frivolities—supporting avant-garde playwrights, studying the mating habits of the snail darter, providing free postage to congressmen—until they have made us safe in our homes and streets." To his credit, Grant sometimes displays a yeoman commonsensical attitude, and he is a fierce critic of cant and obfuscation. Yet, such is his usual frothing, attack-dog style, that even when he is making telling, bluntly sensible points, one almost instinctively wants to disagree. Grant has none of fellow ideologue Rush Limbaugh's charm and saving sense of humor. Over the years he has been widely vilified, and since he has particularly delighted in attacking some people's inflated sense of victimhood, it is at least mildly and distastefully ironic that he often cannot resist donning the victim's mantle himself.

What may play well on the radio is here revealed as shallow, imprecise bluster.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671534875
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.11(d)

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