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Reviews for Paul Harvey's America: The Life, Art, and Faith of a Man Who Transformed Radio and Inspired a Nation:

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Mar 02, 2012

Great book about a real American hero. Some things I like about him: from Tulsa, married 68 years, loved his work, high standard of excellence. Harvey said of his marriage, "...each were too busy rowing to rock the boat." His wife, Angel, was a journalist when they met, even more successful at the time. She was a strong advisor to Harvey throughout his career, on job moves, endorsements, and all aspects of his work. Their son also became a journalist. Quotes: "Men don't do big things for small Great book about a real American hero. Some things I like about him: from Tulsa, married 68 years, loved his work, high standard of excellence. Harvey said of his marriage, "...each were too busy rowing to rock the boat." His wife, Angel, was a journalist when they met, even more successful at the time. She was a strong advisor to Harvey throughout his career, on job moves, endorsements, and all aspects of his work. Their son also became a journalist. Quotes: "Men don't do big things for small rewards." "Just by turning to the left, the world has gone in circles." ...more
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Dec 22, 2017

Paul Harvey has been one of my favorite broadcasters. When he passed away, it was very hard for me, and this book really give me an insight into his life, and how he got into radio.
If you're a big Paul Harvey fan, and loved his programs like the rest of the story, this book is the right choice for you to read.
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Sep 17, 2011

How I miss hearing him on the radio for "the rest of the story"!
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Jul 09, 2017

How well I recall those childhood-through-high-school days: "Good morning, Americans! This is Paul Harvey. Stand by ... for news!" My maternal grandmother introduced me at a young age. My parents and every adult I knew listened with rapt attention to the man with the golden voice and matching ability to command attention. My ears were perked up, and after a short sponsor's ad, those wonderful, newsworthy, tragic and humorous stories would pour forth with minimalist language for 15 minutes, How well I recall those childhood-through-high-school days: "Good morning, Americans! This is Paul Harvey. Stand by ... for news!" My maternal grandmother introduced me at a young age. My parents and every adult I knew listened with rapt attention to the man with the golden voice and matching ability to command attention. My ears were perked up, and after a short sponsor's ad, those wonderful, newsworthy, tragic and humorous stories would pour forth with minimalist language for 15 minutes, riveting with the telling. He left the listener free to draw his/her own conclusions. He was a master at his craft. And this short book is a well-told recount of the tip of the iceberg known as Paul Harvey. He was, and still is, a singular figure in the history of American news. A shaper, an influencer like no other.

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5

Nov 21, 2013

There are certain individuals whose voices are so instantly recognizable and so interconnected with my nostalgia for the America in which I grew up, that I feel an immediate sense of comfort upon hearing them. Paul Harvey is one of these "voices of my youth", and this is his story. You may remember him primarily for his "Rest of the Story" and "For What It's Worth" newscasts, or you may recall all the times that he celebrated his listeners' marriages of fifty-plus years. But throughout seventy There are certain individuals whose voices are so instantly recognizable and so interconnected with my nostalgia for the America in which I grew up, that I feel an immediate sense of comfort upon hearing them. Paul Harvey is one of these "voices of my youth", and this is his story. You may remember him primarily for his "Rest of the Story" and "For What It's Worth" newscasts, or you may recall all the times that he celebrated his listeners' marriages of fifty-plus years. But throughout seventy years in radio, he witnessed wars, Presidential assassinations, American triumphs in medicine, technology, and space, and he reported it all with optimism and an unwavering belief in the goodness of this nation. This book will surprise you though! Did you ever imagine that Paul Harvey was arrested? I had no idea!
Quick read that will leave you smiling and nostalgic. ...more
5

Mar 19, 2014

This was a wonderful read! I grew up listening to Paul Harvey's "Rest of the Story" on the radio and introduced my own children to him when they were young. We read both of his "Rest of the Story" books aloud and loved them. I picked this book up and was delighted to learn about the man behind the microphone! What a remarkable man of character! I was so touched to read about his 67 years of marriage to his precious wife and best friend, Angel, who worked by his side in radio all those years. This was a wonderful read! I grew up listening to Paul Harvey's "Rest of the Story" on the radio and introduced my own children to him when they were young. We read both of his "Rest of the Story" books aloud and loved them. I picked this book up and was delighted to learn about the man behind the microphone! What a remarkable man of character! I was so touched to read about his 67 years of marriage to his precious wife and best friend, Angel, who worked by his side in radio all those years. This is an inspiring story of a God-fearing man of integrity who captured the hearts and minds of millions of Americans through the medium of radio. ...more
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Jun 07, 2013

I grew up listening to Paul Harvey's radio commentary on WLS, Chicago. Even as a grade school student his program was interesting, entertaining and informative. This book gives the reader some back ground info into this very complex man. He was truly one of broadcasting's greatest. If you are a fan, you will enjoy the book.
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Jul 28, 2013

Oh to have more Paul Harvey's in the world today....Simple, direct, motivated, charming and truthful.
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Mar 19, 2017

I enjoyed this book. It renewed my faith in God and my country!
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I couldn't wait to read, and was very pleased with the book. I would listen to him on the radio as a child with my Mom. Every day about noon time she would turn the radio on to listen. The book told ...Full Review
3

So, I guess that this would be my official "Book Report" on this book. Let me start off by saying that it is a good book, a worth while read. It is the history of the life and times of one Paul Harvey ...Full Review
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Jan 05, 2011

This book should be required reading for every High School Civics class.
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Oct 09, 2010

I used to love listening to Paul Harvey on the radio. And I enjoyed this book, although his written words are not nearly as powerful as when he spoke them. I liked learning a bit more about his personal life and his family.
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Sep 04, 2009

This book was a great biography of a talented, patriotic, faithful man. It well describes his rise to fame and his feelings about life. I learned a lot about history by reading his reactions to world events. He was 90 when he died and worked up to the end so he had seen a lot. I recommend this book to people who like biographies and conservative people who love America.
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Aug 31, 2015

Everyone should read this book, it was a great reminder that the troubles in our country are ones we have faced before. A few Paul quotes that sum it up:

"In times like these, the helps to recall there have always been times like these."

"Each generation imagined that we're all going to hell. Each generation goes through a little hell and comes out hear tempered and better than before."

... Good day
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Nov 21, 2015

The book was a story telling of Paul Harvey, who was one of the greatest broadcasters in America. He was the man with the voice of gold, as he told us The rest of the story. Today, we no longer have such a great man in our midsts, and this story interwove the story of Paul, his beginnings and his life within the book. I found that while the book was entertaining and informative, it was a typical biography. It was more or less a mixture of a tale about Paul Harvey and his political belief system. The book was a story telling of Paul Harvey, who was one of the greatest broadcasters in America. He was the man with the voice of gold, as he told us “The rest of the story”. Today, we no longer have such a great man in our midsts, and this story interwove the story of Paul, his beginnings and his life within the book. I found that while the book was entertaining and informative, it was a typical biography. It was more or less a mixture of a tale about Paul Harvey and his political belief system.

Overall I did enjoy reading the book, although I did find myself skipping many sections. I was actually hoping to have been drawn more into the story.

The one section of the book that I really did enjoy, was at the end of the book which contained Paul Harvey Maxims and quotes. These are quotes that I’ve found myself writing down to remember later.

I received this book from Tyndale Rewards, and opted to leave a review. ...more
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Jul 07, 2014

Stephen Mansfield highlights the life of a revered radio star in this gushing-praise-account of one of the most well known radio storytellers of all time. Harvey's life was fascinating. Unfortunately, though, if you're looking for anything to be well researched, cited, or documented: be careful. Here, Paul Harvey's life is woven together with various other historical themes and assumptions. After a quick peak at one of the cited sources, I found that the author bases a historical argument (one Stephen Mansfield highlights the life of a revered radio star in this gushing-praise-account of one of the most well known radio storytellers of all time. Harvey's life was fascinating. Unfortunately, though, if you're looking for anything to be well researched, cited, or documented: be careful. Here, Paul Harvey's life is woven together with various other historical themes and assumptions. After a quick peak at one of the cited sources, I found that the author bases a historical argument (one of several) on the opinion of a rather odd television show reviewer, working for a small local newspaper in Florida- not exactly a qualified source for historical accuracy. While an okay story about Harvey, this book is an ode to one very influential man's work, but the author's brief venture into historical, non-fiction style writing is less than well done, an ineffective ode to the man himself, and would stand up better to the test of time with a little more fervent research. Three stars for the writing and zero stars for accurate references or research.
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Mar 10, 2016

I am not very fond of the subject of this book, so I was inclined to give it a lower rating than I did. But since the writing was straightforward and easy to grasp and to read quickly, I relented and gave it three stars. This was a book club read and not a book I would have picked up on my own. Paul Harvey was a man I used to admire when I was about in fifth or sixth grade, before I matured enough to realize that life is not black and white the way he preferred to picture it, nor was it made up I am not very fond of the subject of this book, so I was inclined to give it a lower rating than I did. But since the writing was straightforward and easy to grasp and to read quickly, I relented and gave it three stars. This was a book club read and not a book I would have picked up on my own. Paul Harvey was a man I used to admire when I was about in fifth or sixth grade, before I matured enough to realize that life is not black and white the way he preferred to picture it, nor was it made up of sound bites. The melodramatic silences that he throws in (giving the listener the opportunity to "connect the dots," as the authors explain several times) used to impress me when I was about ten, but by the time I reached adulthood and recognized them for the overused gimmick that they were, they tired and annoyed me. Never is the man wrong or misguided, according to this book, but always way more moral, upstanding and discerning than the rest of us. Tiresome, self-congratulatory, and one-dimensional is more my take. ...more
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Jan 09, 2015

This book is mostly a biography and reasonably complete for such a short read and such a long career. It hits all the highlights of his professional career and how he and his wife built the media empire.

It's tempting to say he was a blogger of his day, because his fame was built on offering commentary on the news. But you have to remember he spent years and years as a reporter as well. In any case, the interesting part of the story is his "Paul Harvey News & Comment" show and I do think This book is mostly a biography and reasonably complete for such a short read and such a long career. It hits all the highlights of his professional career and how he and his wife built the media empire.

It's tempting to say he was a blogger of his day, because his fame was built on offering commentary on the news. But you have to remember he spent years and years as a reporter as well. In any case, the interesting part of the story is his "Paul Harvey News & Comment" show and I do think there is a lot a blogger / podcaster could learn from Paul Harvey's story.

There's some lionization going on in the book. But it holds up pretty well because, well, it's Paul Harvey. There are a couple of detours into rationalization/justification of some of his missteps along the way which I think reflects more on the authors than on Paul Harvey. (Why couldn't they say, wow he was on the wrong side on that issue as time proved.")

Some of the most interesting parts of the story though come when they go into the hour by hour details of how he (and the rest of the media at the time) covered major breaking news, like FDR's death, the Kennedy assassination, etc. It gives you a very interesting glimpse into the days of news reporting when everyone depended on "the wire" for their news sources. Very interesting for folks today living in the internet area.

Overall, I liked the book. I wanted to figure out what a blogger/podcaster/new media producer could learn from Paul Harvey's famous career, and I got it. It had some interesting insights into both the man and the times as well. ...more
4

Jul 11, 2017

Good book, more on politics then I really enjoyed. But, to learn more about Paul was worth it. "Good day."
5

Jul 24, 2018

There's hardly a day that goes by that I don't think about Paul Harvey when mid-day rolls around. I can still hear his voice as clearly as if it were being broadcast over the radio as I write this! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gave me fascinating insight into his life, beliefs and background. This will be a book that I will read again!
5

Jun 18, 2018

Remembering Paul Harvey's influence in my life

I'm not even 60, but this book brought back so many wonderful memories filled with a sense of decency and common sense. Paul Harvey's broadcasts were simply a part of daily life that I took for granted. Reading about his life and the stories behind the scenes was a treat I didn't expect. I'm very grateful that he played such a significant part of American life for so many decades. Doubtless, we will never know the extent of the impact he had on Remembering Paul Harvey's influence in my life

I'm not even 60, but this book brought back so many wonderful memories filled with a sense of decency and common sense. Paul Harvey's broadcasts were simply a part of daily life that I took for granted. Reading about his life and the stories behind the scenes was a treat I didn't expect. I'm very grateful that he played such a significant part of American life for so many decades. Doubtless, we will never know the extent of the impact he had on countless lives - until we meet again for eternity.

Thank you, Paul Harvey! ...more
3

Mar 21, 2018

I only know of Paul Harvey as the voice of "The Rest of the Story" so it was amazing to learn how lengthy and lucrative his radio career was, spanning almost eight decades. This is not a heavy tome, and I read it in a few days. The authors deliberately state that this book is not a biography, but rather a look at how Harvey's life, career, and attitudes influenced America, and vice versa. The authors are obviously huge fans of Harvey's work, and state frequently throughout the book how some of I only know of Paul Harvey as the voice of "The Rest of the Story" so it was amazing to learn how lengthy and lucrative his radio career was, spanning almost eight decades. This is not a heavy tome, and I read it in a few days. The authors deliberately state that this book is not a biography, but rather a look at how Harvey's life, career, and attitudes influenced America, and vice versa. The authors are obviously huge fans of Harvey's work, and state frequently throughout the book how some of his opinions have been misconstrued and maligned. It was an interesting overview of the man's life and work, although I did start skimming a little bit in the last third. ...more
3

Apr 09, 2019

"My job is to make what is important interesting. And what is interesting, important." - Paul Harvey

THE voice of the 20th century, Paul Harvey, comes to life once again within the pages of this book. Equal parts biography and 20th century history, it is interesting to rediscover Paul Harvey's role in delivering interesting radio news and commentary... complete with the dramatic pauses. Did Paul Harvey shape the news of his day, or did the news shape Paul Harvey? This book presents both sides of "My job is to make what is important interesting. And what is interesting, important." - Paul Harvey

THE voice of the 20th century, Paul Harvey, comes to life once again within the pages of this book. Equal parts biography and 20th century history, it is interesting to rediscover Paul Harvey's role in delivering interesting radio news and commentary... complete with the dramatic pauses. Did Paul Harvey shape the news of his day, or did the news shape Paul Harvey? This book presents both sides of that question, and it was refreshing to read about his personal life (and personal opinions) and how he stayed true to himself, his family, his faith, his small town values, and his listeners throughout his career. It was also interesting to learn that Paul wrote his own transcripts for radio, with the help of his wife and later, his son.

One of the coolest things about this book is that I could hear his voice as I read through the pages, and I appreciated the author for including several pieces of Harvey's actual radio transcripts. I also liked the present verb tense that is used throughout, bringing Paul back to the reader for a daily chat. As soon as I finished, I went straight to YouTube to listen to his voice once again. It's too bad that there isn't quite that type of daily radio commentator these days. He is missed. ...more

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