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The audience of Fox's top-rated cable news talk show The O'Reilly Factor and of the bestselling book by the same name know that this explosive anchor can be articulate, bombastic, scornful, witty, iconoclastic, passionate, persuasive and sarcastic ("Can you feel Gary Condit's pain?"). When conducting interviews, O'Reilly, a two-time Emmy winner with 25 years reporting experience, delivers tough questions and corrosive counterpoints. In the No-Spin Zone (originally conceived for his TV show), "lies are rejected and equivocations are mocked." "All I ask is for powerful people to respond honestly to the questions, and if they can't, explain why," says O'Reilly. Here he excerpts past interviews with various memorable opponents James Carville (on Bill Clinton), Dr. Laura (on working mothers), former surgeon general Dr. Joycelyn Elders (on sex education), Puff Daddy (on rap), Susan Sarandon (on police brutality), Al Sharpton (on boycotts) and insightfully introduces each, mulling over the issue or providing background. To cover TV sleaze and violence, he splices interviews (Steve Allen, Howdy Doody's Buffalo Bob) into his own terse text. The same treatment is applied to the death penalty (George W. Bush, Bianca Jagger), taxes (Mario Cuomo, GAO head David Walker) and other issues. He saves the best for last Dan Rather on news stories the media overlooks, prefaced by O'Reilly's own memories of becoming "a 'dead man walking' at CBS News." (On-sale: Oct. 16) Forecast: O'Reilly's TV ratings continue to rise, and the show's "No-Spin Zone" title will grab book buyers. With simultaneous CD and large-print editions, and an e-book due in November, total sales should be astronomical.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

O'Reilly tries to top his best-selling The O'Reilly Factor with more acerbic bons mots on life in America.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (March 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076790849X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767908498
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (462 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By S. Krishnamurthy on February 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It didn't really seem to cover all sides of an argument, or even consider alternative actions. For Example, the "Saving Children's Childhood" section didn't really mention anything about how kids are forced to perform at a calibur of adults, but are denegrated for engaging in the same activities.
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas A Langiano on February 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Allow me to give some background on myself. I am a staunch Republican, and consider myself to be fairly well read. Unlike most right-wing fanatics, i welcome challenges to my political views, and I actually search out some challenges by reading left-wing media publications. I've read all of Al Franken's books, as well as Michael Moore's. I've seen Michael Moore's movies (very well done), and i actually loved Franken's most recent book, Lying Liars. I felt it helped to out the more insane and fanatical right wing nuts, such as Ann Coulter and Mr. O'Reilly.
O'Reilly's latest "No Spin Zone" dribble attacks the media and celebrities of contemporary America, usually without provacation and without point. Instead of saying things that actually have evidence to back them up, he whines and whines, and generally comes off sounding like the jealous, brooding kid in high school who constantly mutters to himself, "That should be me...I deserve it more than them..."
Most of the book is actually paraphrased transcripts of his TV show on FoxNews, "The Factor". In this, Bill consistantly invites guests onto his show for the sole purpose of belittling them, cutting them off after asking questions, and mostly just preaching to them how they should act and live.
I think Bill O'Reilly is as real as pro-wrestling (i am a huge wrestling fan). Sure, its great entertainment when taken with a grain of salt, and Bill does a good job playing the "Bad Guy" character, but if people actually buy into his preaching as truth or reality, then something is seriously wrong.
In closing, let me point out that i am also a huge Maddox fan, not because i think he's some kind of political figure or prophet, but because he's damn funny.
If you wanna read this book, go ahead, but I'd advise you to read Al Franken's book, Lying Liars, immediately after to balance it out.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There are alot of things you can use this book for. You could make a paper wieght out of it, or use the pages for toilet paper, or lining for your bird cage, or any number of things. Just don't try to read it. I don't say that because I have a problem with being exposed to the opinions of others (unlike the author, who refuses to acknowledge freedom of speech as a constitutional right unless it's him doing the speaking), but because it will kill off brain cells. Not only are his opinions "ridiculous", boorish, and about as cutting edge as chicken noodle soup, but the writing he delivers them with would insult the abilities of an eighth grader. Honestly, I haven't heard such obvious, witless drivel since, well, the last time I watched his disaster of a show on Fox. If you enjoy being hand fed your ideas by a man who aligns himself with the working class on television and goes home everyday to a house which probably costs more than an entire suburban nieghborhood, or you actually like Bush, by all means, get this. If not, do your brain a favor and pass it up.
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56 of 69 people found the following review helpful By CBiggz on July 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a article taken off a website by a guy named Maddox, explaining why Bill O'Reilly is a true idiot.

"This guy is the epitome of narcissism, and coming from a guy whose website is titled "The Best Page in the Universe," that's saying a lot. If I had to describe Bill O'Reilly in a phrase, it would be "sock-sniffer." You know the kind of guy who comes home from a long day of work, his feet have been sweating all day, his socks are ripe with the pungent aroma of stale milk and wet leather, and after he finally sits down and takes his socks off, but just before he throws them in the hamper, he takes a quick sniff to sample his odors.

O'Reilly wouldn't be such a bad guy if he would quit crying for a few minutes, step back, re-evaluate his life, and realize that he's a giant blubbering idiot. In June of 2003, O'Reilly attacked the only form of media he was powerless in: the Internet. In his "Talking Points Memo" segment, he whined that "nearly everyday, there's something written on the Internet about me that's flat out untrue," continuing with his theory that "the reason these net people get away with all kinds of stuff is that they work for no one. They put stuff up with no restraints. This, of course, is dangerous..." Yeah, real dangerous Bill. Next thing you know, people will get the crazy idea that they have the right to express their opinions as they see fit. Who knows? Maybe this idea will catch on and they'll add it to the Constitution of the United States, giving it a catchy title like "freedom of speech." What do you think of that you sock-sniffing bog trotter?

When Bill feels threatened enough, he goes after the people who say these "vile" things about him.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Donald Rumsfield on May 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The only serious five star review I have found for this book was from a freshman in Highschool who liked to "cite" the book in her political arguments. If I was this dumbasses teacher I would fail them for using an unfactual source. O'reilly is the worse thing since Limbaugh, but at least Rush admitted his show was entertainment. O'reilly refuses to admit that his running monologues (disguised as interviews and reports) are thick in generalizations, distorted fact, and exageration. Do this country a favor, instead of buying this book give the twenty bucks to a third party canidate, any third party canidate.
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