Train Tracks: Family Stories for the Holidays (Hardcover)
by Michael Savage
“A marvelous storyteller.”
– The New Yorker
“A blazing flamethrower of truth.”
– Ted Nugent, The Washington Times
A #1 New York Times bestselling author and media superstar, Michael Savage is admired by millions for his tough talk and no-punches-pulled common sense about the state of our union and its leaders. In "Train Tracks," a more personal side of Savage shines through in this marvelous collection of “Family Stories for the Holidays.” Like Glenn Beck’s blockbuster, "The Christmas Sweater," Michael Savage’s poignant, personal stories of home, family and the holidays will resonate with readers everywhere.
In "Train Tracks," Savage talks about growing up poor in Bronx, New York, during the 1940s and spending his childhood working as an apprentice for his father at his antiques market on Ludlow Street in Manhattan. Savage’s father, who emigrated from Russia as a child, taught Savage tough lessons while growing up – leading Savage to compare their often difficult relationship with Abraham and Isaac’s relationship in the Bible. From employment as a social worker fresh out of college, to the painful memories of his brother’s institutionalization, to his thoughts on modern-day relationships and even nutrition, Savage shares some of the most intimate details of his life.
In the title chapter, set in the early 1950s, Savage remembers the excitement and mystery of riding the train from New York's old Penn Station to rural Pennsylvania at the start of the holiday break. Some of the other many fascinating stories Savage shares in "Train Tracks" include:
The roots of his political awareness: For more than 30 years, Savage’s uncle, Abe Cohen, was a Democratic committeeman in Easton, Pennsylvania’s 8th Ward, Western District, and he also headed campaigns for numerous state senators as well as the mayor. He was the only one in Savage’s family to actively participate in politics, and most of Savage’s relatives vote Democrat to this day while Savage remains the lone conservative.
His vast education and research: Savage was a pioneer of ethnobotanical research in the South Pacific islands where he collected medicinal plants, worked with local healers and lived in their villages while there. His plant collections can be viewed in museums from London to Honolulu.
The trouble with teaching: Savage says teaching is one of the toughest jobs on earth – if a teacher does it well. Critical of teachers unions, he believes teachers need to work harder to make their subject matter more engaging.
How he got into radio: Savage was writing books on health and nutrition when he decided he wanted to do something more. After sending out a demo tape to over 200 radio stations, he received numerous offers and quickly filled in for a San Francisco talk radio station. While he hated the experience, he did eventually receive an offer to host his own show – becoming the first vocal conservative in the San Francisco media.
About the Author
Dr. Michael Savage is a multimedia icon in the conservative movement, heard by 10 million listeners a week on “The Michael Savage Show” and syndicated across the U.S. in more than 300 markets. He is also a New York Times best-selling author who has written 25 books. He holds one master’s degree in medical botany and a second in medical anthropology. Additionally, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in epidemiology and nutrition sciences. His other books include "Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder," "The Enemy Within," "The Political Zoo" and "The Savage Nation."
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (November 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006221084X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062210845
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
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