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Product Details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767920937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767920933
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (555 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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From Booklist

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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More About the Author

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."

Customer Reviews

Great book if you are conservative and like Bill O'Reilly.
Ernie Yoshino
Very informative book which will hopefully help people wake up and see how some people would like to change the country.
MD
He offers no evidence, since this "statistic" appears to have been plucked from thin air.
Sigmund Dahle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Toby Ryan on February 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sean on February 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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34 of 45 people found the following review helpful By M. West on May 12, 2007
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Mr Oreilly's insights are remarkable. His comments about S-Ps made me understand why our country has become so politically correct. Our children will be entering a complex, and competitive world. Yet, in many areas they are not allowed to keep score in athletic games because it might hurt their self esteem!! What a bunch of BS!
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33 of 44 people found the following review helpful By David M. Nolan on May 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sonja Miller on May 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It is good to have a source for information about some of the influence that money has on our country.
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1,043 of 1,451 people found the following review helpful By ProperGander News (Dr. Emil Shuffhausen) on September 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
PREAMBLE RAMBLE

Some reviewers on this site...and some of the "reviewers of reviewers"...tend to rate products or reviews in an almost knee-jerk fashion based upon their pre-conceived ideas about certain authors or artists (or reviewers). While that is understandable, it is not particularly helpful for those who want to rely upon the quality of the reviews here. So, I respectfully ask you to read this review before you rate it; and I will do my best to make it worth your time.

BACKGROUND

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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