The march to the Trump presidency began in 1988, when Rush Limbaugh went national. Brian Rosenwald charts the transformation of AM radio entertainers into political kingmakers. By giving voice to the conservative base, they reshaped the Republican Party and fostered demand for a president who sounded as combative and hyperbolic as a talk show host.
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About the Author
Brian Rosenwald is Coeditor-in-Chief of “Made by History,” a daily Washington Post history section, and a historical consultant for the Slate podcast Whistlestop. He has written for the Washington Post, CNN.com, Politico, and The Week, among others, and has discussed contemporary politics on CNN, NPR, and the Sirius XM Radio channel POTUS: Politics of the United States. Rosenwald is Scholar in Residence at the Partnership for Effective Public Administration and Leadership (PEPAL) program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Table of ContentsCover Title Page Copyright Dedication Contents Introduction 1. The Colossus Rises 2. With Talent on Loan from God 3. Media That Sounds Like Us 4. Necessity, Mother of Invention 5. The New Republican King 6. Bill Clinton, Talk Radio Innovator 7. Stopping Legislation in Its Tracks 8. The Political Earthquake 9. Everything Changes 10. The Democrats Wake Up 11. Talk Radio Takes Over Television—and Tries to Impeach a President 12. Money Propels Talk Radio to the Right 13. Talk Radio in the 2000s: Big Changes for the Medium and for Politics 14. The Parties Go Their Own Ways 15. Disgruntled but Still Loyal—Unless You’re a Moderate 16. The Titans of Talk 1 - Bipartisanship 0 17. Never a Republican Puppet 18. The Conservative Media Empire 19. I Hope He Fails 20. The Relationship Sours 21. Hunting RINOs 22. Trying (and Failing) to Govern 23. Turning the Power Structure Upside Down 24. The President That Talk Radio Made 25. The Big Picture Notes Acknowledgments Index