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Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 14, 2010
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From the Back Cover
When Bill O'Reilly interviewed then-Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential elections, the two had a lively debate about the nation's future.
Since that time, America has changed rapidly—some would even say seismically. And many believe these shifts are doing more than just rocking the political and social climate; they're rocking the American core.
What are these changes? Who, in addition to President Obama, have been the biggest forces behind them? What exactly do they mean for you, the everyday American citizen? How are they affecting your money, health, safety, freedom, and standing in this nation? Which are Pinheaded moves and which are truly Patriotic? In his latest spirited book, O'Reilly prompts further debate with the President and the American people on the current state of the union.
After five consecutive, no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is megabestsellers, you can count on Bill to offer blunt and constructive political commentary. And as he did in his popular memoir, he offers some introspection too, looking back at his own actions and those of past Pinheads and Patriots who have inspired a code of conduct for such taxing times.
As always, O'Reilly is fair, balanced, and uncompromisingly tough when guarding the American way. Only Pinheads would fail to fight for what they love most about this country or to embrace some measure of change to make it better. The rest of us Patriots will read this book to discover the difference between the two.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
For more than thirteen years, three-time Emmy Award winner Bill OREilly has presided over The OReilly Factor on the FOX News Channel, the highest-rated news program on cable. Prior to that, he served as a national correspondent for ABC News and as an anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition. He is the author of numerous megabestsellers, including A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, a deeply personal memoir that has sold more than one million copies.
More About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have not finished it yet but so far the book is outstanding. I am looking forward to finishing it soon.Published 2 months ago by TLK
This book is amazing. Love O'Reilly and the research he does. A must read.Published 2 months ago by Michelle Culbert
Interesting and amusing read! Bill O'Reilly has a great writing style. We will be reading more of his books.Published 3 months ago by Lynn Leinberger
Do it again after obama----please
I want the pinheads to see their folly (be sure to fact check first).