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Right Turns: From Liberal Activist to Conservative Champion in 35 Unconventional Lessons

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Nationally syndicated talk-radio host and noted film critic Michael Medved has taken an extraordinary journey from liberal activist to outspoken conservative. Along the way he has earned millions of admirers—and more than his share of enemies—with his disarming wit and slashing arguments on issues of pop culture and politics.

In the candid, illuminating Right Turns, Medved
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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A decent book, but somewhat uneven in interest level. It is, at its core, an autobiography of Michael Medved. The book starts out, and is probably most interesting, describing his childhood through college years at Yale, including his firsthand experiences with personas such as John Kerry, Hillary Rodham, Bill Clinton, and many other current day notables. As the book progresses the story begins to drag into less interesting reading, although addressing issues no less important to Michael's life ...more
Harry Lane
This is an engaging memoir. The "lessons" are chapters, each focused on some aspect of the author's life, and arranged in roughly chronological order. Medved describes the arc of his life as a journey from liberal to conservative. He is obviously a bright guy, and displays genuine concern for the health of our society. At the same time, there is that in our society that relishes a good fight, and Medved appears to have developed a talent for finding and engaging on issues in a way that has provi ...more
Joseph D. Walch
Right Turns was a highly enjoyable, well-written retrospective of Michael Medved's life and providential turn towards God, Orthodox Jewry and political conservatism. He recounts his time as a young leftist at Yale including his friendship with Hillary Clinton and his campaigning for Robert Kennedy. Medved conducts us through his improbable life from the base self-gratification (sex, drugs, victim/identity/special interest politics) of leftist politics to the reason and passion of conservative pr ...more
Skylar Burris
For some reason, I was expecting this to be just another book of political commentary. I enjoyed Michael Medved's radio show when I lived in Seattle (unfortunately, I can't get it in DC), so I thought I might enjoy reading his insights here, even though I am beginning to find the whole genre of conservative nonfiction to be rather hackneyed. It wasn't until I started the book that I realized it was an autobiography. At first, I lamented the fact--I read a great deal of nonfiction, but I rarely s ...more
In the world of autobiographies there are several categories. There are those of great history makers such as Presidents, Generals and CEOs. There are the "tell-all" biographies written by professional athletes and movie stars that name names and reveal salacious gossip. And then there is the often neglected conversion story. St. Augustine's "Confessions", John Henry Newman's "Apologia" and even Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" fall into this category. A conversion story is the narrative of the autho ...more
Don't be fooled by the table of contents: each chapter is a lesson of some sort (i.e., "Lesson One: America Isn't Normal"). But each chapter is vastly entertaining. To illustrate each lesson, Medved weaves pieces from his own colorful personal life story, in order, so that the result is really a memoir/socio-political narrative. Liberals will surely see red if they read the book, given Medved's very anti-PC ideology ("Do-It-Yourself Conservatism Provides the Best Cure for the Do-Something Diseas ...more
Big fan of Michael Medved, listen to his show almost daily, as he is one of the leading conservative thinkers. Though I dislike his views on libertarians and some other minor issues.

This book is his auto-biography and well worth reading if you like him. He went to college with some interesting folks like Hillary Rodham (Clinton). Michael was a liberal for a good portion of his early years, and now fights against their ideas daily on his syndicated radio show, its quite fascinating to see the tra
Excellent autobiography of a movie critic. talk show host who started out as a very liberal Yale graduate, anti-VietNam war leader/activist. Ended up through observing life's lessons as an orthodox Jewish leader and supporter of conservative values. I had just admitted to myself that I had gone through a moderate liberal to moderate conservative transition so this book really spoke to me. Medved put my incoherent thoughts into well thought out arguments.
ONe of the doctor's I work for recommended this book. I have always been interested in how a person moves from a liberal to a conservative and it was interesting to see his journey. It was also very enlightening concerning the Jewish religion which has always interested me. I didn't have a clue who this guy was and it was interesting to read a book about someone I didn't know but I enjoyed it. He is a very smart man and I agreed with most of his views.
I read this book because Michael Medved is one of my heroes. It was most interesting to see how Michael evolved his thinking through some fascinating life experiences. I would have enjoyed, however, a little more hard core book on his positions but I guess that was not the purpose of this book. A good read, especially for those who enjoy a political book that demonstrates the workings of a very logical mind.
Dawn Wells
I enjoyed this book and think its a good read for teens to adult. I always enjoy reading how someone starts a journey as a liberal and becomes more conservative over time and vice versa. This one was witty and because of some famous names very interesting. I gave it three stars and not more because it was also
Peter Galamaga
I enjoy reading the life stories of men who spent their youth as passionate, crusading liberals and then - for a variety of reasons - rethink things and become prominent conservatives. That is the core of this book. Filled with interesting anecdotes about his encounters with the famous and infamous.
Peter D'Souza
This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of Michael Medved's transformation from radical liberal to Reagan conservative. His wit, observations of people, and insights into the flaws of Liberal thinking make for an entertaining read. His target audience is bound to stay away from this book.
I had never read any of Medved's books before or knew very much about him. This is a great book to learn more about him and why he believes the things that he does. It talks about his journey from being a liberal to becoming a conservative. It was very interesting.
Mark Cooper
[Audio] "If you're not liberal when you're young you have no heart, if you're no conservative when you're old you have no brain." A very interesting, reflective look by Medved into his change from '60's activist to common sense conservative.
I loved another of Michael Medved's books "Hollywood vs America." This is his personal story of his life and how he turned from Vietnam protestor in his college days to conservative radio host today. Very interesting.
Fascinating read; full of interesting insights of left and right. I loved reading Michael's history, and that of so many of our current leaders. Well written, with feeling, depth and understanding.
Good stuff. Medved does exactly what the title says. Some parts are more engaging than others. The story of his immigrant family and all they went through is very interesting as backdrop as well.
Interesting read. It is autobiographical and self-aggrandizing. I feel like he whines on why he became conservative than providing any real thought provoking arguments. Worth a look.
Diane Kaplowitz
To all my political buddies, this is my favorite guru. Maybe because I married a Jew and into to a very liberal family in-law that I appreciate this book.
Della Scott
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A biography/political commentary from one of my favorite conservative radio talk show hosts. I look forward to Michael's next book.
I listened to audiobook. Great!! I love this guy. Affirming, affirming, affirming!!! His thoughtful commentary is admirable.
Michael Medved is awesome & I liked having an inside look into his life & how he got to be the way he is.
Very good reasons for being a conservative.
Enjoyable insight to this popular talk show host.
Christopher Grear
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FROM HIS WEBSITE (Note: A Complete Biography is available there, addr. below):
Michael Medved is a nationally syndicated radio host, best-selling author, and veteran film critic. His daily three-hour broadcast reaches more than 3.5 million listeners on more than 200 stations across the country - drawing an audience that consistently ranks his show as one of the top ten political talk shows in the U
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