RUSH: We have a 10-year-old from Lincoln, Nebraska, who has been listening to the audio version of Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, and it’s Kevin. Kevin, I’m glad you waited, too. It’s great to have you on the program today. Hi.
CALLER: Hi. Oh, my gosh. I can’t believe I’m talking to you. I love it! I love your book so bad. My mom got it for me, and I listened to it straight. I just really wanted to know if you’re making another one.
RUSH: Yes. At some point I hope to be able to tell you that we’re going to do another one. But I can’t do that yet. I don’t want to give anybody a false impression.
RUSH: But we hope so, Kevin because so many people like you are really enjoying this. We’re getting mail from people just like you, e-mails for the horse, Liberty, and some of the other characters. It is just great. I can’t tell you. I mean, Kevin I am so happy that your mom got this for you and that she got you the audio version. That’s what you’ve been listening to?
CALLER: Yeah. Yeah.
RUSH: Have you heard the whole thing?
CALLER: Yeah. I went through it straight.
RUSH: That’s incredible, ’cause that’s 4-1/2 hours. See, and he already wants more. Already wants more. Kevin, I’ll tell you what. I want you to hang on, because I want Mr. Snerdley to talk to you. If your mother will let you, I want to send you an autographed copy of the hardcover book so that when you’re able to read it, you’ll be able to and you’ll have a signed copy. I’ll also send you a signed copy of the audio version so you can have that, too. You’re melting my heart here, Kevin, when you call here and tell me how much you like my work. I can’t tell you how much that means to me, so please don’t hang up, and Mr. Snerdley will be right here on the phone with you.
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, about Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans, I would urge you to visit our TwoIfByTea.com website and just click on the Rush Revere pane and it will take you to everything about the book. You’ll find the neighborhood. You’ll find where Rush Revere and Liberty and everybody live. Everything that they do is there, and there’s a big yellow mailbox that you can click on and that’ll create an e-mail form that’s addressed to Rush Revere. Liberty gets it. Liberty is the travel coordinator, by the way, for TwoIfByTea.com since he can time travel. And we try to answer every one of them. I could spend hours sharing some of this e-mail with you. Here’s an example from this week.
“Dear Rush: My seven-year-old son asked me to read your book to him for the third night in a row. Reading has always been a battle before now. Several times I stopped because I thought he’d fallen asleep and he pulled his head back up and said, ‘Why did you stop?'”
And we got another cute one. An 11-year-old wrote in to Mr. Revere, an 11-year-old named Aiden, and asked if Rush Revere could have me give a shout-out to his father, Mark G. He said it would just make his dad’s world if I could give a shout out to Mark G. And so, Aiden, I wanted you to know that Revere got a hold of me, and I’m shouting out now to Mark G.
I’ll tell you, folks, everything about this that I hoped would happen is happening. Taking the values that we believe in on this program, the love of country, the patriotism, to a whole new age group. The mission — and that’s what there is attached to this — this is not just do a book to do a book because I’ve done that. It actually has a mission and a purpose: to expand, as they say inside baseball, the demo. But it really is to take the truth to young people who may be hearing things that aren’t true about American history and the founding of the country.
To find out so many of these kids like this book and their parents do is just… I can’t tell you what a great feeling it is. And I want to remind you of this. You know, we’re coming up on the birthday of the Marine Corps. I just love the Marine Corps and the entire US military, but we do want to say happy birthday to the Marine Corps. We are sponsors of the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, which is a tremendous organization, and one of our objectives is to raise awareness of what they do, and we have a section of every bottle of Two If By Tea dedicated to MC-LEF, the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. Your purchases of Two If By Tea over the years have been extremely helpful and are sincerely appreciated.
Now, the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation raises money to provide college scholarships to the children of Marines killed in action. And in big events like 9/11 or the Oklahoma City bombing, they try to expand to other branches of the service, not just Marine Corps. And it’s almost a direct pass-through. I mean, almost every dime donated gets distributed. It’s not like some charities where there’s a 20 or 30% overhead. Nobody’s making a living off of MC-LEF. It is really a pass-through. It’s run by former Marines who have all been touched in one way or another by their military service. So we’re happy to be associated with that. This has just been a wonderful thing.
And, finally, we learned yesterday — you know, we’re number one on the New York Times list, the children’s list, for November the 17th. But we also learned Amazon has this list of the top selling books of the year. And after essentially a week and a half, we are at number 14. A children’s book, which it’s actually not just a children’s book. As the fan mail we’re getting suggests, the parents are reading it. It’s exactly what was intended. Parents would read the book to their kids. Share the experience. Grandparents would do the same thing with their grandkids. In just a week and a half this book is already the 14th best-selling book for the year on Amazon.
It’s just mind-boggling for us. We are so appreciative. We’re so grateful and thankful for you making that happen. I can’t describe how it feels. And this last caller, Kevin, who liked the audio version, we’re working on doing something. I can’t announce this yet, but somebody here had a great idea, to air a little bit of it on a particular broadcast. Not all of it, of course. But it is a body of work I am really proud of. The audio version of Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is about a four and a half hour listen, if you take it from start to finish. I did it over I think four or five days and then a couple days after that for pickups and little pronunciation fixes and that kind of thing.
But we’ve found that in the actual brick-and-mortar bookstores, whereas the display for Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, the book, in many places it’s great, it’s right inside the front door. The audio section of the store is way off in one of the farthest corners you can get. You have to ask, unless you’re a veteran of these bookstores and know where to go. But that is something, too, that we’re just ecstatically proud of as well, and it’s doing remarkably well, too, on the sales side. So we’re just really gratified, folks. We cannot express our gratitude and thanks enough.
RUSH: Jenner in Draper, Utah. Hi. Great to have you on the program.
CALLER: Is this Mr. Limbaugh?
CALLER: Hi. This is Jenner. Oh, wait, I just noticed here that you’re 14. I just saw that. I didn’t have any glasses on and now I see it. You’re 14 and you want to talk about the book. Oh, cool.
CALLER: Yep. Yeah, your new book. Yeah, I love it. I love the detail you put into it. I just got to the part where Liberty runs to the telephone to get to the New World, and everything just keeps getting better and better.
RUSH: Well, I am so happy that you like it. All of you that have said that, you’re making my day.
CALLER: Yeah, it’s one of my favorite books I’ve ever read, and to know that you wrote it, it’s just awesome. My mom… I’m like a Rush Baby. I listened to you my whole life. My mom is always listening to you on the radio, and I just love you.
RUSH: Wow! Wow. Forteen-year-olds. Do you attend public school?
CALLER: I’m in the new Corner Canyon High School. They just built it here in Draper. It’s a beautiful high school, really big.
RUSH: Well, where did you attend elementary school, first, second, third grade? Where did you go?
CALLER: Summit Academy. It was a private school.
RUSH: Okay. Where, let me ask you, when you learned about the Pilgrims —
RUSH: — were you told the truth about it when you were in school?
CALLER: You know, there are a lot of teachers out there that are just trying to feed you a bunch of crap. I tried to listening to it, but my history teacher last year really was talking to me about the right things. He would always just say the right stuff and I think he was just taking a good side in it and everything.
RUSH: So what you’re reading in the book, is it new to you? Have you not heard this story of the Pilgrims before, or have you heard it before and you just like the way it’s presented?
CALLER: Yeah, I’ve known about William Bradford and all those other men, and like you said, I just really like how you wrote it, just how it’s pretty easy to understand. It’s not complicated.
RUSH: Well, that’s great. You’re validating something that we all thought, and that is the history. I’ll tell you something, Jenner, the older you get — and you got a long way to go, but the older you get — the more meaningful good, old-fashioned, dryball history is gonna be to you.
CALLER: Yep. Yep.
RUSH: When you’re young, history? Ah, it’s just not that important. So if somebody can convey the importance of history to you in a story, in a format that you find interesting, then it’s something that you can actually learn and enjoy learning and not feel like it’s being forced down your throat because it’s just something you have to do.
CALLER: Yeah, exactly.
RUSH: And that’s what we tried to do here. I just — I really — I think storytelling is one of the best ways of communicating and persuading at the same time.
RUSH: The fact that you like it is just great. You’re making my day here.
CALLER: Yeah. My mom pre-ordered it and she sent you an e-mail about how she just got a new copy and how she’s always listening to you and loves you, and I can’t get over how much I like it.
RUSH: Well, you made my day, as I say. I can’t thank you enough. I want to send you a signed copy, too. I mean, I’ve sent everybody else that’s called one today, so I may as well spread it around and be a good socialist about it. So I’ll send you a copy.
CALLER: Okay. Thank you!
RUSH: Hang on, Jenner.
CALLER: All right.
RUSH: Don’t go away and we’ll get it to you next week so I can sign it. Give us a FedEx address if you can, we’ll get it to you as quickly as we can, okay?
CALLER: Okay, that sounds awesome.
RUSH: Tremendous. Thank you much. I appreciate your call and your nice compliments on the book.
RUSH: I can’t tell you, folks, how gratifying it is when I hear from young people about how they like the book, ’cause that’s the point, because no matter what they think, history is important. It is crucial. And particularly for Americans, it is crucially important that all Americans understand the founding of this country and how it happened, and why, and what the term “American exceptionalism” means. What does it really mean? Why, how did this country become what it is? Why is it unique from other places in the world? Why should people be proud of it, actively, daily proud to be Americans. And that’s why this book was written, to reach people at a young age and get them interested and thinking along these lines, take the values of the program here that we all believe. So I get these calls from these young people and it’s home run city, is what it is.