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The Man Who Would Not Shut Up: The Rise of Bill O'Reilly Paperback – Bargain Price, October 28, 2008

ISBN-10: 0312385862 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 2nd edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312385862
  • ASIN: B004I1JQZW
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,333,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It took Marvin Kitman, one of our greatest satirists and critics, to give Bill O’Reilly the fair and balanced biography he deserves.”
—John R. MacArthur, president and publisher, Harper’s Magazine

About the Author

Marvin Kitman was the TV/media critic of Newsday for thirty-five years, and is the author of eight previous books. He lives in northern New Jersey.

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I already knew that Marvin Kitman had written an "unauthorized" biography on Bill O'Reilly a couple of years ago titled "The Man Who Would Not Shut Up," and I honestly doubted it would be a serious or worthwhile read. But after reading the one or two sane reviews on Amazon.com, I decided to give it a try. I was not only surprised, I was for the most part pleasantly surprised.

I think it was the book title that probably caused me to initially give the book a pass. But after discovering the tremendous amount of time and research Kitman put into this book, which included almost thirty interviews with O'Reilly himself, I was ready to give it a serious look. Kitman beautifully lays out the book in five very informative and chronological segments. He spends more than half of the book (Part I) taking a detailed look at O'Reilly's pre-The Factor life. He appropriately titles this section "The Making of an O'Reilly." If you have already read O'Reilly's latest biography, "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity," a lot of the information in Kitman's book is familiar ground, yet is presented from a different and a very interesting point of view. In this part, Kitman mostly just lays out the biographical facts, while inserting only a limited amount of opinions, observations and analysis from the biographer.

Kitman makes no attempt to hide the fact that his is a liberal and has little in common with Bill O'Reilly. But I believe most readers will at least be satisfied that he certainly did his homework in compiling the research and interviews for this book. Kitman spent five years of researching background material, conducting interviews and locating classic black and white pictures and legal documents in preparation for writing this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James C. Gibson on April 22, 2009
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This is a good read. It doesn't gloss over, nor fully agree with, O'Reilly's immovable viewpoints but is sympathetic to what he's trying to do. You get some info on O'Reilly's origins and how he came by his strong opinions as well as the kind of life he leads off-camera. You certainly don't have to be a right-winger to enjoy this book, just have an interest in how people develop into what they become as adults and how a few can persist against popular opinion. You also can see, if you're looking, that O'Reilly, and probably other high profile voices, don't take themselves nearly as seriously as they appear to on camera and certainly not a seriosly as some of their critics.
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By Amazon Customer on March 16, 2014
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A fair and unbiased look at the fabled Fox News commentator. The portrayal of Bill O'Reilly as a father, colleague, and employer is particularly fine.
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By Michael P. Tresca on December 17, 2013
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Another great book by Bill O'Reilly. My son loves him, so this book was in is stocking for Christmas. Thank you again.
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By RC McKinney on August 14, 2014
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I just love to read anything that Mr Kitman/Mr O'Riley write. Thank you.
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