In the new Zev Chafets biography “Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One,” it is apparent that Limbaugh considers himself to be in a league of one, unchallenged by any other talk show host. However, reviews of the book in the New York Times and Washington Post say there is little new to be discovered there.
According to a report at TheHill.com, Limbaugh expressed special disdain for Fox News stalwart Bill O’Reilly, whom he compares to the Ted Baxter character on the classic “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and CNN’s Larry King.
Discussing other hosts, Chafets mentions that at times Limbaugh has come to their defense; people like Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck; but adds that Limbaugh “doesn’t really consider them, or anyone else, in his league.”
Both reviewers, Janet Maslin for NYT and David Frum for WaPo, found the book to be slim, anything but ground-breaking, and – previous Limbaugh dishing notwithstanding – largely free of controversy.
The biography is said to be unauthorized, but Limbaugh did provide access to the author. It grew out of a story in New York Times Magazine that originally ran in 2008.