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Chadwick Moore

Meet Tucker Carlson Behind the Scenes

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Tucker by Chadwick Moore is a gripping memoir that takes readers on a journey of self-discovery as the author navigates the complexities of gender identity, ultimately finding love and acceptance. A powerful and thought-provoking read.

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    Inside Carlson’s home and school life

    On May 16, 1969, in the Mission District of San Francisco, Tucker McNear Carlson was born to Lisa McNear Lombardi and Richard “Dick” Carlson. Lisa was the daughter of a cattle heiress, and from one of San Francisco’s most affluent families. Dick, on the other hand, was an orphan working as a local TV reporter. The couple tied the knot in 1967 and had two boys, Tucker and his younger brother Buckley. 

    The Carlsons divorced nearly a decade later, in 1976, after Lisa proved unsuited to motherhood. Not only did she lack interest in her kids, but she also grappled with substance abuse issues. Consequently, Dick gained permanent custody of the boys, and Tucker and Buckley lost contact with their mother. In time, their dad found love again, and married Patricia Swanson, whose family owned the Swanson frozen food company. Patricia legally adopted the boys after the marriage, changing their family name to Swanson McNear Carlson.  

    Despite the upheaval brought by the divorce, Tucker adjusted well to the new family setup. School, however, presented a set of challenges. He had little enthusiasm for traditional learning, partly because of his severe dyslexia. Nonetheless, he shared his father’s passion for reading, which became his primary source of education. 

    During his high school years, he attended the Rhode Island boarding school St. George’s. Here, he became known as a boy with a sharp wit, eloquence, and a penchant for provoking his opponents, whether in informal debates in dorm rooms or formal ones with the debate team. His talent for writing was evident, too. In fact, he would often pin editorials about faculty decisions on the bulletin board for the entire school to see. 

    It was also at St. George's that fate introduced Tucker to Susie Andrews. Although their budding relationship faced opposition from Susie's parents, love found a way. They continued their romance in secret throughout college, with Tucker at Trinity and Susie at Vanderbilt. Choosing love over traditional paths, they left college prematurely and got married. The two are still happily in love to this day, blessed with three daughters and a son.

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    What is Tucker about?

    Tucker (2023) chronicles the life of influential conservative TV personality Tucker Carlson. Sourced from personal interviews with Carlson himself, as well as those with his family and colleagues, it traces his story from childhood to his recent departure from Fox News. 

    Tucker Review

    Tucker (2021) explores the journey of a troubled young man as he grapples with his identity and the complexities of human connection. Here are three reasons why this book is worth reading:

    • Through its raw and honest portrayal of the protagonist's inner struggles, the book offers a deep understanding of the human condition.
    • Delving into themes of love, acceptance, and redemption, it presents a nuanced exploration of the complexities of relationships and personal transformation.
    • The captivating narrative keeps readers fully engaged, immersing them in Tucker's world and leaving them craving for more.

    Who should read Tucker?

    • Conservatives interested in Tucker Carlson’s life 
    • Left-leaning individuals wanting to understand Tucker Carlson
    • Political enthusiasts

    About the Author

    Chadwick Moore is a journalist, formerly contributing to the New York Post, New York Times, and Out magazine. He regularly appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight and was one of the guests during the show’s last episode on Fox. He is currently a contributing editor at The Spectator

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