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Paul Harvey's America: The Life, Art, and Faith of a Man Who Transformed Radio and Inspired a Nation

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2009 Retailer's Choice Award winner!In "Paul Harvey’s America, New York Times "best selling biographer Stephen Mansfield and coauthor David A. Holland present a fascinating look at America’s most popular radio host. You’ll discover how the brutal murder of his father shaped Paul Harvey’s life and career; how a high school teacher helped launch him in radio; the truth behin ...more
Hardcover, 187 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published May 29th 2009)
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Mar 02, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it
Great book about a real American hero. Some things I like about him: from Tulsa, married 68 years, loved his work, high standard of excellence. Harvey said of his marriage, "...each were too busy rowing to rock the boat." His wife, Angel, was a journalist when they met, even more successful at the time. She was a strong advisor to Harvey throughout his career, on job moves, endorsements, and all aspects of his work. Their son also became a journalist. Quotes: "Men don't do big things for small r ...more
I am not very fond of the subject of this book, so I was inclined to give it a lower rating than I did. But since the writing was straightforward and easy to grasp and to read quickly, I relented and gave it three stars. This was a book club read and not a book I would have picked up on my own. Paul Harvey was a man I used to admire when I was about in fifth or sixth grade, before I matured enough to realize that life is not black and white the way he preferred to picture it, nor was it made up ...more
Calvin Powers
Jan 09, 2015 Calvin Powers rated it liked it
This book is mostly a biography and reasonably complete for such a short read and such a long career. It hits all the highlights of his professional career and how he and his wife built the media empire.

It's tempting to say he was a blogger of his day, because his fame was built on offering commentary on the news. But you have to remember he spent years and years as a reporter as well. In any case, the interesting part of the story is his "Paul Harvey News & Comment" show and I do think the
Sherri Smith
Nov 21, 2015 Sherri Smith rated it liked it
The book was a story telling of Paul Harvey, who was one of the greatest broadcasters in America. He was the man with the voice of gold, as he told us “The rest of the story”. Today, we no longer have such a great man in our midsts, and this story interwove the story of Paul, his beginnings and his life within the book. I found that while the book was entertaining and informative, it was a typical biography. It was more or less a mixture of a tale about Paul Harvey and his political belief syste ...more
Hanzi Deschermeier
Jul 16, 2014 Hanzi Deschermeier rated it it was ok
Stephen Mansfield highlights the life of a revered radio star in this gushing-praise-account of one of the most well known radio storytellers of all time. Harvey's life was fascinating. Unfortunately, though, if you're looking for anything to be well researched, cited, or documented: be careful. Here, Paul Harvey's life is woven together with various other historical themes and assumptions. After a quick peak at one of the cited sources, I found that the author bases a historical argument (one o ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All
Shelves: biographies
This was a wonderful read! I grew up listening to Paul Harvey's "Rest of the Story" on the radio and introduced my own children to him when they were young. We read both of his "Rest of the Story" books aloud and loved them. I picked this book up and was delighted to learn about the man behind the microphone! What a remarkable man of character! I was so touched to read about his 67 years of marriage to his precious wife and best friend, Angel, who worked by his side in radio all those years. Thi ...more
Janette Noe'
Sep 17, 2011 Janette Noe' rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How I miss hearing him on the radio for "the rest of the story"!
There are certain individuals whose voices are so instantly recognizable and so interconnected with my nostalgia for the America in which I grew up, that I feel an immediate sense of comfort upon hearing them. Paul Harvey is one of these "voices of my youth", and this is his story. You may remember him primarily for his "Rest of the Story" and "For What It's Worth" newscasts, or you may recall all the times that he celebrated his listeners' marriages of fifty-plus years. But throughout seventy y ...more
Laura Burkholder
Everyone should read this book, it was a great reminder that the troubles in our country are ones we have faced before. A few Paul quotes that sum it up:

"In times like these, the helps to recall there have always been times like these."

"Each generation imagined that we're all going to hell. Each generation goes through a little hell and comes out hear tempered and better than before."

... Good day
David McClendon, Sr
Interesting will add more later.
Brigid Chase
Dec 20, 2014 Brigid Chase rated it it was amazing
Truly inspiring
Oct 18, 2009 Wanda rated it really liked it
This book was a great biography of a talented, patriotic, faithful man. It well describes his rise to fame and his feelings about life. I learned a lot about history by reading his reactions to world events. He was 90 when he died and worked up to the end so he had seen a lot. I recommend this book to people who like biographies and conservative people who love America.
Deb Todd
Jul 16, 2013 Deb Todd rated it it was amazing
I grew up listening to Paul Harvey's radio commentary on WLS, Chicago. Even as a grade school student his program was interesting, entertaining and informative. This book gives the reader some back ground info into this very complex man. He was truly one of broadcasting's greatest. If you are a fan, you will enjoy the book.
Ann Amadori
Oct 09, 2010 Ann Amadori rated it liked it
I used to love listening to Paul Harvey on the radio. And I enjoyed this book, although his written words are not nearly as powerful as when he spoke them. I liked learning a bit more about his personal life and his family.
Andy Anderson
Aug 05, 2013 Andy Anderson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, biography
Oh to have more Paul Harvey's in the world today....Simple, direct, motivated, charming and truthful.
Dave Lancaster
Jan 05, 2011 Dave Lancaster rated it it was amazing
This book should be required reading for every High School Civics class.
I wasn't a fan of how it jumped around in time and topic.
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Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author and a popular speaker who is becoming one of the nation’s most respected voices on religion and American culture. He is also an activist in a variety of social causes.

Stephen was born in Georgia but grew up largely in Europe due to his father’s career as an officer in the United States Army. After a youth filled with sports, travel, and misc
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