Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans is Rush Limbaugh's first children's book--and first book in the last 20 years since his first smash hit See, I Told You So--and already a bestseller. Rush Revere is a book made to teach children about history through telling the story the pilgrims played in the country's founding from the the beginning of their voyage on the Mayflower through the first Thanksgiving and beyond. Readers have given the book high marks, noting its apolitical bent and ability to be enjoyed as a fun and educational read by parents and children alike.
Here's what some reviewers are saying:
Critics are offended the Pilgrims are portrayed as heroic and courageous, not as murdering, evil invaders. Limbaugh believes kids are getting such a distorted and negative view of the nation’s founders and that’s why he wrote the book.
Turns out it is a darned good story, remarkably popular, and more Rush Revere adventures from American history seem sure to come. Horrifying, eh?
A reviewer who goes by the name "spirestar" on Amazon stated:
I realize some people find Rush caustic, but in my opinion, he is the most articulate torch-bearer of conservative ideals -- namely, personal freedom and responsibility. This book is a much-needed addition to the conservative cause because it does three things exceptionally well: It entertains, it informs, and it manages to do so without grinding a political ax (honestly, I was surprised by this). This book is essentially a pop-history book aimed at 10-13 year-olds, but it will work well for younger kids and high-schoolers. And yes, adults will likely be tremendously entertained as well.
In some ways, the book feels sort of like the "Magic School Bus" series -- Rush Revere, a middle school teacher, travels back in time to witness the Pilgrims. The schtick works, however unappealing it originally sounded to me, and the book does one very important thing (I cannot make this point clearly enough): it teaches the values of the Pilgrims and draws the connecting line between those values and modern conservatism. It does not "preach" modern conservatism into the Pilgrim narrative. I was quite concerned that Rush (as much as I love him) would do more of the latter than the former, and found this a pleasant surprise.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Five stars and two thumbs up!
With a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon with well over 350 comments, and 4.06 out of 5 stars on Goodreads with well over 50 comments, it is clear that Rush's book has been very well-received.