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Sending the National Guard to the Arizona border . . .Cutting back-room deals to pass health-care reform . . .Conducting troop surges in Iraq and Afghanistan . . .Considering trying known terrorists in civilian court . . .Which of these moves have been pinheadedand which have been patriotic?

While the changes that took place in America during PresidentObama’s first eighteen months in office are dizzying to eventhink about, their real-life impact on the average American isa helluva lot stronger than that. Blood pressures have soaredand tempers have reached the boiling point over the shifts inhealth care, immigration, national security, energy, and the environment—andthen there’s the economy. The president and his administration have gotten folksriled. But some greedy Wall Streeters, a partisan Congress, and the media have also widened the national divide. Through it all, Bill O’Reilly can be counted on to cut through the rhetoric and tell you what’s good and what’s bad for you.

O’Reilly sorts it all out with his trademark mix of humor and bluster in his

About the Author

For more than thirteen years, three-time Emmy Award winner Bill O’REillyhas presided over The O’Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel, the highest-ratednews program on cable. Prior to that, he served as a national correspondent for ABCNews and as an anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program InsideEdition. He is the author of numerous megabestsellers, including A Bold Fresh Pieceof Humanity, a deeply personal memoir that has sold more than one million copies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061950734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061950735
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill O'Reilly is proud to report that The Factor remains the most watched show on cable news, just as it has for 15 years. Every night more than 5-million viewers tune in to The Factor. It's a remarkable fact, and that support and loyalty also account, in no small measure, for the success of Bill's many other projects.

After five best-selling books and a memoir, Bill has taken to writing about history. Killing Lincoln was first, followed by Killing Kennedy, and then Killing Jesus. The latest book, Killing Patton, chronicles what Bill calls "the strange death of WWII's most audacious general." From the description, "General George S. Patton, Jr. died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost seventy years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident-and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton takes readers inside the final year of the war and recounts the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced."

Like the others, Killing Patton hit the top of the New York Times best seller list its first week in the marketplace.

The National Geographic Channel's movie version of the Lincoln book was such a big hit that Killing Kennedy also got the Hollywood treatment - and an Emmy nomination to boot. The third movie in the series, based on Killing Jesus, will premiere on Nat Geo in the spring.

Bill is also the Executive Producer of a new Fox News Channel series called Legends and Lies. It's about what really happened in the American West; the straight story about General Custer, Jesse James, Davey Crockett among other historical American figures. You'll like it.

And here's some additional advance news: Bill is currently working on another book in the "Killing" series. Look out for more information on that.

We also can't forget that somehow, in the midst of all his activities, Bill is a highly sought after guest on top television talk shows, and that he and Dennis Miller continue their highly popular personal appearances across the country. The newly minted Don't Be a Pinhead! tour promises a great night. Go, and enjoy.

Some background about Bill: he grew up on Long Island, got a BA from Marist College (in history, naturally), a Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, and a second MA in Public Administration from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Bill's love of history led him to teach it in high school before going into broadcasting, and he's been a long time collector of important historical documents.

Bill believes life offers no shortcuts, no compromises, no letup. And as he always acknowledges, nothing happens without "the folks" -- that would be you.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By chatty1082 on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I noticed a lot of neg reviews for this book. I don't know why, I thought it was perfect Bill O'Rielly at his best. If you don''t like Bill you won't like this book! I happen to like Bill and I listened to this book on Audible and hearing Bill's own words were great. Felt like I was listening to the "Factor". What I like about the book was that it rated several political and non political events into pnhead or patriot catagories. It was fair and balanced. He didn't dis Pres Obama, in fact is states several times that you have to respect him and that he is a patriot at times and a pinhead at others. I very much enjoyed this book!! Thank you Bill O'Rielly!!!
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52 of 69 people found the following review helpful By David S. on November 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am neither a follower nor a fan of Bill O'Reilly, have read none of his prior books, and rarely watch Fox News (or CNN, MSNBC, ABC or any television for that matter). On top of that, I am politically a (struggling) Centrist, and refuse to identify directly and / or solely with any one party or ideology. However I was very optimistic in the first thirty to forty pages as I sensed I would be reading a non-biased work; one that gives credit where it's due, and points out areas of failure when they occur. Per the title, people are either Patriots for their commendable actions, or Pinheads for their foolish ones. This actually appealed to me - keep it black and white, simple and fair.

After thirty or forty pages I reached what I'll call a gate, and when I opened it I felt I was headed down an old path - just another version of hammering from the Right. I could see the writing as obviously intended to criticize the actions and policies of President Barack Obama and other Liberals, simultaneously bestowing kudos on them for small, insignificant, non-political actions. I considered his method as beating someone with a hose rather than a chain. In an effort to show non bias, he gives Pinhead status to several actions of G.W. Bush and other Conservatives, and even ever so gently knocks Rush Limbaugh.

I will say I feel the book is likely based more on emotion and ideology than substance. Many of O'Reilly's comments and statistics are "off the cuff" and simply a matter of personal opinion, rather than documented fact. For example, when he enters into a diatribe on what he calls The Tech Offensive, or how electronic media technology is virtually ruining the children of this country, he cites a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation stating that kids spend 7.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By O-state_MAE on March 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
For people who enjoy history, I think Mr. O'Reilly has a very descent book here. He goes back in time to lay out his list of pinheads and patriots of our countries history. The pinhead list includes people who have their own self-worth above everything else. People like General Custer, the crazed bully General who was more interested in proving himself to his superiors than obeying orders and protecting the lives of his men. Barney Frank, the mastermind behind the wall street fallout, was a man more interested in seeing if he could be come the richest man in history, by any means necessary. Then there is Mr. O's patriot list; people who have gone above and beyond what was expected of them to help better ourselves. Obvious candidates such as President Lincoln, President Grant, and Robert Kennedy, but also people like Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the sports color barrier, and Hank Aaron, a black man who was a multiple record holder in baseball. In essence, Mr. O'Reilly praises the people that he sees, as do most Americans that, did their best at whatever was set in front of them, and did not look for an easy way out. His pinheads list are the people in history who were really just trying to take the easy way out.
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77 of 104 people found the following review helpful By JJ Rock on September 24, 2010
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This is an actual review from someone who has read the entire book. Seems a bit rare here.

I liked Bold Fresh, it read like O'Reilly talking but included some great stories and insight into Bill. Sadly Pinheads and Patriots is a pretty lazy effort by Bill, especially if you watch his nightly show.

For me the Pinheads and Patriots theme became old in a hurry. While it's unique for a while, it reminds me of the Saturday Night Live skits that are turned into movies. Pinheads and Patriots is a unique bit that Bill does at the end of his show for a few minutes. In small doses it is interesting. As a book, it's repetitive and frankly I wasn't that interested in Bill looking at historical figures as Pinhead or Patriots.

Obviously Obama gets a lot of coverage in the book. Bill is fair with him to a point. Bill lost me in spending a large chapter of the book transcribing his 30 minute interview with Obama in 2008 and then doing a follow-up on what Obama said. Bill covered this interview to death on his show (ditto for Barney Frank). You can take any politician and two years later analyze an interview they did finding all kinds of issues. I am not an Obama fan, but this was lazy by Bill. Put a fresh interview in the book, then you have something.

Early in the book Bill thanks his fans and talks about how he like to give back to them. His reward for me was charging more for the Kindle version than the hardcover. For that Bill you are a Pinhead. (Sorry, I had to)
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