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by Bill O'Reilly (Author)A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity Unknown Binding – 2008

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  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (611 customer reviews)
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Forgive me if my critique is not "pithy"

I couldn't wait to read this book. I bought it this morning and left work early so I could read it. Why? Because Bill Oreilly fascinates me and I thought his memoir would give some real answers as to how this man, who truly is an American original, thinks.

First off, I actually had the privilege of meeting and briefly working with Bill Oreilly. After graduating college in the early nineties, I wrote to Mr. OReilly and asked him for advice on getting a job in television. I knew nothing about him, only that he was a fellow graduate of my high school (Chaminade High in Long Island) and that he was the anchorman of some show called "Inside Edition" (which I had never even watched)

To my surprise, Mr. OReilly not only responded but invited me to the studio, took me to lunch and offered me a temporary production assistant job for Inside Edition. I began a career on Wall Street shortly after my stint with Inside Edition ended, but I have always been grateful to him for helping out some kid he didn't know. He is a man of character.

And let me tell you, the man is fearless in every way and he is not a phony. He is exactly like he is on screen (albeit more reserved). Which is why I wanted to read this. I wanted to know- what makes this man tick? How did he come to be the person that he is today?

Does this book answer these questions? - Sort of

Not really a complete life memoir(by his own admission),"Bold Piece" is a kind of "Thoughtography"-a collection a remembrances of his early life followed by essays on how they shaped his current actions.

With chapter titles like "Politics" "Fear" "Saving the World" and "Standing for something", Mr.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of Bill O'Reilly's working class, Catholic School upbringing, very similar in may ways to my own. Knowing about his family and friends helped me understand him better. Though I don't always agree with him, I do always enjoy the way he presents his ideas and analyses of current events, and stands by his core beliefs.
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I read this book several years ago and loved it. Great family stories. You need to leave your politics at the door and let yourself enjoy a very good family story. I could relate to many of the incidences he describes (like his experiences in a Catholic school). I remember getting my fingers slapped with a ruler (for my errors in behavior) and being sent to sit out in the hallway. I remember growing up around big old Chevrolets. So many wonderful recollections.

The funniest book I have ever read was Forrest Gump. Growing up in Mobile, Alabama was like being in Greenbow where Forrest grew up.

This book is probably my second most favorite book because I could really relate to it!

Read it! You'll like it!
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I knew from watching his show that Bill O'Reilly has a very dry, sense of humor, to put it mildly. This ebook is just an affirmation. I could not stop listening. The humor in this is priceless, but it is even more so if you were raised in a very Catholic home and went to a nun run parochial school. But even for the non-Catholic, you can't help but find the humor in his exploits. Brought back many great memories of my Catholic school days! Very, very enjoyable and a far cry from the political scene now. Thank God for this book. Bravo, Mr. O'Reilly!
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This book was a bit disappointing as Bill starts to talk about his growing up but then it goes into his school years and he keeps jumping around from grades to relationships with buddies to his teaching days. He does not start school years and continue in a nice easy flow as the years progress. Too jumpy to enjoy.
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Great book, Bill O'Reilly tells it like it is as he always dose and very informative and entertaining. He was brought up with moral fiber and a strong sense of right and wrong and displays that in this book. I don't always agree with everything he says, but I did enjoy this book and had some laugh out loud moments.
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Very interesting look into the life and times of a very amazing man. Being of Irish Catholic descent myself, and having attended Catholic schools thru 6th grade, I can really relate to his experiences in those schools. I had no idea he was that old - he certainly does not look to be in his sixties.
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The one-star reviews must be pre-boomers, because I found the book entertaining to those of us who came of age in the 60s and 70s; so what if the guy has an ego? He deserves it, given his upbringing and sense of family. Much of his humor is self-deprecating; so he fights for the the "little guys and gals?" This was meant to be a memoir (Get It?), not a political commentary; Bill has three hours daily devoted to that; he wanted the public to see how his values were formed; his loyalty to family and friends is commendable; he doesn't forget "those who brung (sic) us," which is a famous Darrel Royal quote when playing James Street in the title game against Notre Dame on January 1, 1970. Put aside your own biases and read the book for what it is--entertainment.
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