As far as any of you know, I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher, and I have read this steaming pile of words, and I am writing this review entirely in good faith based on my firsthand knowledge of the text. There is no reason at all to believe this review is based solely on the cover of "Rush Revere."
Indeed, the only reason my discussion of the book might be limited to the cover, the jacket copy and my opinions about the author is because I am a good and moral and God-fearing person who does not spoil books for people. I have read this book, and you have no information to the contrary.
And if you want to call me a liar, you had better come and say it to my face. And then you and I will fight, because I don't cotton to those who disparage my honor.
Now, having dispensed with the disclaimers, on to the relevant material:
Since I am an author, I generally avoid posting reviews of books online, particularly books I feel negatively about. But in this case, I must make an exception, because there are people who actually think it is a good idea for Rush Limbaugh to teach children about history, and those people are deeply misguided.
If you are considering using this book to teach your children about the pilgrims, please consider the following points:
1. Scientists have not yet perfected any reliable mechanism for traveling back in time. Many physicists believe that time travel is impossible. Given that the world's foremost experts have not solved the mysteries of time-travel, it is unlikely that talk-show host/"fearless middle-school history teacher" Rush "Revere" Limbaugh can travel back to 1620, to visit the "brave pilgrims" on the Mayflower.
It is far more likely that Limbaugh, a well-known drug addict who pled guilty to criminal prescription fraud in 2009, merely dry-swallowed a bunch of Vicodin and hallucinated that he traveled through time.
Because this is a book about drug abuse, it is inappropriate for children to read.
2. Rush Limbaugh made extremely graphic and sexually suggestive statements regarding Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student who testified in support of health care before Congress. He called her a "slut" and a "whore."
Sandra Fluke is thirty years younger than Limbaugh; he is old enough to be her father. If I had a daughter, I would not want her to be exposed to a book written by Mr. Limbaugh.
So, I will reiterate that it is inappropriate for a man known for drug abuse and graphic and lascivious public statements about the sexuality of young women to be writing books for children.
3. Rush Limbaugh and the publishers of this book are uniquely unqualified to teach children about history, and here's why: This is ostensibly a book about the "brave pilgrims," but the cover of this book shows Rush Limbaugh wearing a tricorn hat and standing with a horse.
Here is what I found out in approximately ten minutes of research: Tricorn hats were first adopted by French solders during their conflict with the Spanish in the Netherlands in 1677, and the style spread from France throughout Europe after that.
The Pilgrims traveled from England to the New World on the Mayflower in 1620, long before the invention of the tricorn hat Limbaugh is wearing on the cover, which wouldn't have been prevalent in England for another 80 years.
Here is a more historically accurate depiction of period-appropriate headwear:
The horse Limbaugh is standing next to on the cover is also anachronistic for a story about the pilgrims, because there were no horses on the Mayflower.
Limbaugh also appears to be wearing a powdered wig in the cover image. But it wasn't popular for English men to wear wigs until decades after the pilgrims sailed to America.
Despite this being a book about "Rush Revere" traveling to "the deck of the Mayflower," he is represented not in pilgrim garb, but, rather, in colonial garb more appropriate to a period a hundred and fifty years after the time of the "Brave Pilgrims."
This is not some minor point, but, rather an indication that the author is not well-enough informed about the historical period he is writing about to distinguish it from an entirely different historical period.
It is inappropriate to drop a time-traveling character wearing late eighteenth century garb onto "the deck of the Mayflower" the same way it would be anachronistic to drop a character into the Victorian England of Charles Dickens dressed like this:
So this is an author who can't even fact-check the cover illustration of his own book, and a publisher who can't be bothered to subject a text that purports to teach children about history to even the most superficial factual scrutiny.
The level of irresponsibility on display here is extraordinary.
4. Mr. Limbaugh's dress in the cover image actually resembles the garb of the colonial militia who fought for American independence against the British Crown during the American Revolution from 1776-1781.
However, despite the patriotic military garb Limbaugh wears on the cover of this book, he was actually deemed physically unfit for service in the US Armed Forces during the Vietnam war because of a pilonidal cyst on his backside.
I would strongly discourage anyone from ever performing a Google image search for "pilonidal cyst." This is the least upsetting illustration of one that I could find:
Such a cyst would make it difficult or impossible for Mr. Limbaugh to ride the anachronistic horse shown in the illustration.
Thank you for your attention,