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RUSH: I had a lot of people e-mail me today, asking, ‘Rush, could you give us a follow-up on the book written by the 16-year-old who called you on Friday?’ Does anybody remember where that call came from? I’ve been trying to think over the weekend. It seemed like it was the Great Northwest. (interruption) Yeah, the State of Washington is what I thought it was. It’s a book by the Beatty Boys, entitled, Pulling Weeds to Picking Stocks, and this 16-year-old young man called here and very tepidly asked me about the cost of advertising on this program because he wanted to advertise it. The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation and Pete Haas had done something amazing for the Beatty family and they wanted to repay them. They’d written this little book.

It’s a hundred pages, like 11 bucks, and they wanted to donate 25 or $30,000 of the proceeds from the sale of the book back to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, and the young man wanted to know how much it would cost to advertise. I told him, ‘No, you don’t want to know,’ and I started asking him some questions about the book, and it turns out — folks, this warmed my heart the whole weekend — that when the young man called here to tell us about his book, it was on the Amazon list. It was at around 585,000 on the sales rankings. I didn’t know that they ranked books that far on Amazon. But I checked it two or three times, and that’s the figure I came out with. By three o’clock in the morning Saturday, when Obama’s vice presidential announcement had been made, Pulling Weeds to Picking Stocks had gone from 585,000 to #5 and had sold out.

It was out of stock at Amazon.com after his call to this radio program, and I think it still is out of stock. I think you can still get it. It’s $11. It’s a hundred pages. That’s just great. Can you imagine how happy that whole family was over the weekend, ’cause they ended up getting about $45,000 worth of advertising on the program with his phone call, gratis. You know, plus a live read from the host to boot — which adds a premium, by the way, ladies and gentlemen. So congratulations to the Beatty Boys and the book Pulling Weeds to Picking Stocks. It’s still for sale. I should check. We should go and see if it’s still out of stock, but I do know it got as high as #5 overnight Friday into Saturday morning.

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