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Culture Warrior [Kindle Edition]

Bill O'Reilly
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With three straight #1 bestsellers and more than 4 million copies of his books in print, the most powerful traditional force in the American media now takes off his gloves in the ongoing struggle for America’s heart and soul.

Bill O’Reilly is the very embodiment of the idea of a Culture Warrior—and in this book he lives up to the title brilliantly, with all the brashness and forthrightness at his command. He sees that America is in the midst of a fierce culture war between those who embrace traditional values and those who want to change America into a “secular-progressive” country. This is a conflict that differs in many ways from the usual liberal/conservative divide, but it is no less heated, and the stakes are even higher.
In Culture Warrior, Bill O’Reilly defines this war and analyzes the competing philosophies of the traditionalist and secular-progressive camps. He examines why the nation’s motto “E Pluribus Unum” (“From Many, One”) might change to “What About Me?”; dissects the forces driving the secular-progressive agenda in the media and behind the scenes, including George Soros, George Lakoff, and the ACLU; and dives into matters of race, education, and the war on terror. He also shows how the culture war has played out in such high-profile instances as The Passion of the Christ, Fahrenheit 9/11, the abuse epidemic (child and otherwise), and the embattled place of religion in public life—with special emphasis on the war against Christmas. Whatever controversies are roiling the nation, he fearlessly confronts them—and no one will be in the dark about which side he’s on.
Culture Warrior showcases Bill O’Reilly at his most eloquent and impassioned. He is an unrelenting fighter for the soul of America, and in this book he fights the good fight for the traditional values that have served this country so well for so long.

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In his latest screed, the host of Fox News'The O'Reilly Factor mobilizes fellow "traditionalists" against a "secular-progressive movement" supposedly led by billionaire George Soros ("public enemy number one") and the liberal rhetorician George Lakoff. O'Reilly condemns the "erosion of societal discipline" flowing from an alleged "S-P [secular-progressive]" agenda of drug legalization, teenagers' rights, moral relativism, church-state separation, therapy instead of punishment for criminals and, above all, the "communist" freeloader's doctrine that the government should tax the rich to fund housing, health care and early-childhood education for the poor. None of this coheres well, but O'Reilly keeps fans stoked with red meat, including tales of ACLU Christmas-bashers who wanted schools to stop teaching kids to sing carols, and permissive judges who go easy on child molesters. Too often, though, he feuds with personal enemies like "smear-merchant" Al Franken, Hollywood liberals, press critics and unnamed "black-hearted websites." As a result, his populist swagger subsides into kvetching ("Clooney's press agent, a guy named Stan Rosenfield, began badmouthing me and Fox News around Hollywood") and paranoia ("S-P power-brokers... will command their forces to attack me in every way possible"). More resentful and self-pitying than feisty, O'Reilly may be suffering from battle fatigue. Photos. (Sept. 25)
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Forget the battle between liberals and conservatives. According to the anchor of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, the real action is the battle between secular progressives and traditionalists engaged in an epic struggle to dominate American culture. Though there is a high correlation between the liberals and SPs and conservatives and traditionalists, it is not absolute, and O'Reilly gives credit to the occasional liberal who stands up for traditional values by his measuring stick. He sees himself as Numero Uno fighting on the side of traditionalists in the front line of the culture war--the media. Rating major media figures, he gives high marks to the late Peter Jennings and low marks to Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw. O'Reilly takes to task conservative talk-show hosts, including Rush Limbaugh, for focusing on politics and ignoring the culture wars. O'Reilly also names names leading the opposing side: UC Berkeley professor George Lakoff, wealthy financier George Soros, and--the usual suspect--the ACLU. O'Reilly outlines the battleground on a number of issues, including the celebration of Christmas, separation of church and state, and gay marriage. O'Reilly offers a "code of the traditional warrior," appealing to traditionalists to take the high ground in the battle and not indulge in the unethical tactics employed by the SP, including personal attacks and invective. Fans of O'Reilly will cheer; detractors will cringe. Vanessa Bush
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  • File Size: 1213 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0767920929
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (September 25, 2006)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly engaging at times February 16, 2007
It's not the best written book, nor is it particularly life-changing, but it is surprisingly engaging and even entertaining at times. Maybe I went into this with low expectations, having formed a previous (mostly negative) opinion of the author; however I found this to be a very interesting read, if just to get his side of the story.

O'Reilly presents a clear explaination of his beliefs and what drives him, while admiting his own wrongdoings along the way, without resorting to personal attacks against those who have attacked him in the past. He makes his case with clear-cut examples, going after the usual targets, the media, Hollywood, the ACLU, and "secular-progressives;" however, where other authors who go after said targets fail to clearly present their own side as an alternative, O'Reilly succedes with a vigor, devoting entire chapters to his own "traditional" beliefs.

Sure, some of the knee-jerk reactions that his fans love and many others hate is present, but it never becomes overbearing; reading this will not cause one to toss it across the room in anger. O'Reilly remains reserved but firm in presenting his case for traditionalists.

Additionally, I was surprised at the lack of the tired "convervative vs liberal, Republican vs Democrat" arguments...he sets the record straight on why this book is actually NOT about that right from the start, and points out why those arguments are not proactive.

I would reccomend this to not only fans of O'Reilly, but also to people like me, who are political moderates, not particularly fans and have formed a negative opinion on the author based on things seen in the media (or read in an Al Franken book). At the very least, this gives a tactful impression of what he is all about, something that tends to get lost when he is on television.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just what you would expect February 2, 2007
By Sean
Don't get me wrong. I agree with Mr. O'Reilly often and really enjoy watching "The Factor" from time to time. I also agree with his premise and data regarding left wing smear tactics and Bush bashing. But, there is also much I disagree with him on. For one, he seems to always assume guilt of the accused and is a little overzealous in his support of police power and legislating morality. I'm no bleeding heart liberal nor an advocate for being soft on crime. I side with conservatives more often than liberals but I most strongly advocate liberty and my libertarian views often clash with his staunchly conservative views.

If you don't know what O'Reilly is all about or if you are a staunch conservative, you will probably like this book. If you are independent you will find some things you like and some things you do not. If you are a liberal you will want to toss it into the nearest garbage can. Take it for what it's worth.
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36 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Usual Bill O'Reilly May 14, 2007
Sometimes you agree with him, sometimes you don't - but he always challenges your mind. And, really, isn't that the purpose of selecting controversal literature to read. Keep it coming Bill.
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Like fellow culture warriors Ann Coulter, Al Franken, Sean Hannity, Keith Olbermann, Sean Penn, and Rush Limbaugh, best-selling author and pundit Bill O'Reilly provokes a visceral reaction in just about everyone who encounters him. In plain English, either you love him or hate him, but there is rarely any middle ground.

And that's a shame, because it sometimes prevents sober, civil consideration of the content of his message.

In his latest book, O'Reilly--in his unique, bombastic, black and white, pointed way--tries to make sense of the growing divide in America between groups he dubs "traditionalists" and "secular-progressives." While I might quibble with the precision of those particular terms, I believe O'Reilly is onto something in terms of the motives and passions that drive this growing divide.

O'Reilly correctly notes that the animus is not primarily rooted in party affiliation or even in "conservative" or "liberal" labels. After all, despite what Al Franken or Keith Olbermann might say, O'Reilly himself is very difficult to label politically. Some of his ideas are certainly reflective of a conservative mindset, but others might be categorized as liberal. He has been a fierce critic of President George W.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No substance January 1, 2008
By Scott
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First of all, for all the neo-cons out there, I did read the book. I'm getting tired of both sides of the fence screaming "You didn't read it!" just because the reveiwer has a different opinion. Second, I like reading comentary books by authors on both sides of the fence, provided they have something to say. I won't touch a book by Al Gore, Al Franken or Ann Coulter because I know it will be nothing but finger pointing, bad mouthing and playing the blame game. I was hoping that this book would be different, and it was. Oreilly didn't do the finger pointing as much as he talked about all the people that were doing finger pointing at him. This whole thing was pretty much Oreilly talking about what everyone has been saying about him since his last book was published. He rarely backs up his opinions with any substance giving us an idea of why he believes the things he does. His formula is pretty much the same from chapter to chapter: he gives his opinion on something, talks about himslef and how he is overly qualified to have that opinion and quotes the "wackos" who disagree with his opinion thereby verifying his stance on the issue in the first place. And those are the few chapters where he actually is talking about something other than his own biography.

If you want to hear Orielly talk about himslef and how popular he is for a few hundred pages, this is the book for you. If you want to really get some insight into what his feelings are on the secular progressive movement that is taking place in this country you'll be better off to watch or listen to his media shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
Excellent read! So true about what has been going on with our country. Eye opening and insightful. Read more
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Wife read book and was very interesting.
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What Bill O'Reilly writes about what is happening in our country is scary but unfortunately true. However I'm not brave enough to be a Culture Warrior,although I'm glad he is. Read more
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Very happy with delivery time, prices and the books were all a great read.
Would highly recommend Amazon and author Jane Myers Perrine and Bill O'Reilly.
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WHAT I read so far was good,but i an not done.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Never finished reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great book by B. O'reilly
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For more than 13 years Bill O'Reilly has presided over The O'Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel, the highest rated cable news program frequently topping news shows offered by broadcast networks. Often referred to as the most talked about, most controversial TV journalist today, he is a three-time Emmy Award winner as well as the recipient of a Governor's Award from the Boston/New England chapter of the prestigious National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Before becoming executive producer and anchor of The Factor, as his fans sometimes call it, he served as national correspondent for ABC News and as anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition. He is the author of numerous mega-bestsellers, the most recent of which was Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, a deeply personal and revealing memoir that has sold more than 1 million copies and comfortably rested high up on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 52 weeks, as well as four previous non-fiction works, all of which went to #1 on that same list. In addition, The O'Reilly Factor for Kids outsold all other children's non-fiction titles in 2005. All in all, more than 5 million copies of Bill's books are in circulation. He holds master's degrees from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Boston University. Asked about his proudest professional achievement Bill has said, "The millions of dollars we are able to give to charity."

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