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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061950718
  • ASIN: B007HW1VFC
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 O’REilly has presided over The O’Reilly 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

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

So many really good books to read don't waste your money on this garbage!!
record straight
O'Reilly writes so that the book provides very enjoyable reading, using humor where appropriate.
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His Pinheads and Patriots book has more than the usual O'Reilly dose of "Bloviation."
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52 of 64 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JP on June 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a present and, not knowing a great deal about Mr. O'Reilly, began reading expecting an aggressive and unreasoned chiding of Obama and the state of the country. However, the reality of Mr. O'Reilly's writing pleasantly surprised me. It was much more moderate than expected and the arguments were clear-headed and well-reasoned. Mr. O'Reilly makes generous use of his sardonic wit and creativity to enliven the pages.

What the book has in style however, it lacks in content. While the book is nearly 220 pages long, the final 80 pages contain his opinions on figures from history and then a transcript of his interview of then-Senator Obama. The other 140 pages seem to contain equal parts analysis of the nation's politics and analysis of the politics of cable news networks; which doesn't leave room for much depth. Many large topics receive a mere glossing over when an in-depth analysis would be appreciated. In spite of all that, I was enjoying the book until I came to the section on the nation's youth.

Mr. O'Reilly sounds the oft-played trumpet that America's youth are becoming mindless, barely-literate zombies thanks to computers and cellphones. In a book filled with many respectable arguments, this came across as pandering to the elderly audience this book was obviously intended for and, as a 19 year-old who reads voraciously, is able to think critically, and uses cellphones and computers, I was offended. Studies have shown (See: Freakonomics) that television use does not affect children's test scores and every generation has had technological advancements which the youth are always faster to adopt. Claiming that an entire generation is unintelligent because we use cellphones and computers is just as bigoted as believing that the elderly are useless because they can no longer move as fast. However, this is a small section of an otherwise enjoyable book.
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77 of 103 people found the following review helpful By JJ Rock on September 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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