RUSH: Here is Joanne in Eldridge, Iowa. Great to have you. Thank you for waiting. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I just wanted to let you know that I bought your book for my kids. I knew they would hear the truth, and they kept talking about it. So I thought, "Well, I'll read it too."
RUSH: Well, how old are your kids?
CALLER: Okay, my kids are 12 and 13.
RUSH: Perfect. Right in the target zone.
CALLER: And you and I are about the same age.
CALLER: My kids are adopted.
CALLER: And they kept talking about this book. So I thought, "Well, what the heck? I'll read it, too." But I always figured I had a pretty good, sound education and didn't think I would actually learn anything.
RUSH: I know. You figure it's a book for kids, so what are you gonna get out of it?
CALLER: Right, and I was shocked when I read that they had started out their community with everyone owning everything and everybody being the same.
RUSH: Yeah. Yeah, they don't tell you that the original Plymouth Colony failed as a socialist enterprise.
CALLER: Right, and it just brought chills because I had just wrote a book for my kids, and that was something that was included in it.
RUSH: Well, you know, I wasn't taught that, either.
CALLER: I had never heard that.
RUSH: I didn't learn that until I started researching it in the early nineties for something else I was doing. I didn't learn the real truth of the story of Thanksgiving until I was 40. I didn't learn about the original Plymouth Colony failing as a socialist enterprise until I was in my forties. I wasn't taught that, either.
CALLER: It's so hard now to get a book for the kids that they can understand, but that is one.
RUSH: No. It's not hard now. Since I have written two, it's easy.
CALLER: It's a real easy read. I think I read through it in, like, three or four hours.
RUSH: We're about the same age, so that would work out.
CALLER: But the kids kept talking about it, and, like I said, when I wrote my book, I thought, "Well, doggone it. I had no idea that that was in there," and it was something that I wanted my children to read.
RUSH: You've mentioned twice that you wrote your book. Are you a famous author?
CALLER: Oh, heavens no.
CALLER: No, I just wrote a book and published it for the kids, my kids and the families, because I didn't like what they were learning.
CALLER: I wanted to make sure and just put it in the field.
RUSH: Amen. That is why I wrote these and am writing these. Do you have one or two? You have both books, or just the first one?
CALLER: Oh, both. Well, the first one, I'm going to give to my daughter's grade school. She'll go into junior high next year, and they both read it, and so I'm gonna go ahead and do that.
RUSH: That's great.
CALLER: Her teacher expressed interest in it.
RUSH: Oh, cool.
CALLER: I thought, "Well, I'll just go ahead and give it to her."
RUSH: Okay. I'll tell you what I'm gonna do, then. I want you to hold on, because I'll send you a replacement copy that I will sign to you, and I'll send you another, a new version of the second book, Rush Revere and the First Patriots. And I'll send you audio versions of both, which is me reading them. Your kids would probably enjoy experiencing the books that way, too, after they've read them.
'Cause I do it really good, if I say so myself. But I'm gratified. This is great, and you're right. I didn't know a lot about the Pilgrims. I wasn't taught a lot of things that truthful about the founding of the country and the Pilgrims and all that. The Boston Tea Party is the second book. So, Joanne, thank you. Hang on while Mr. Snerdley gets your address so we can get this stuff out as soon as we can.