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This is not a subtle book, and its bombastic approach would be even more grating if it weren't for several flashes of self-deprecation, such as when the author shares a negative piece of viewer mail, or when he writes, "In case you haven't noticed, I'm a cocky bastard." Sometimes O'Reilly's put-downs are creative and funny: "If God has a sense of humor, as I believe he does, [Al Sharpton and David Duke] will be sharing a sauna in the netherworld. With one thermostat." And he's good at illustrating his points with outrageous details. In criticizing the bloated federal budget, for instance, he points to these shockers: $230,000 for a study of housefly sex habits, $27,000 for an analysis of why prisoners want to escape, and $100,000 to find out why Americans don't like beets. (To which he replies: "Houseflies mate when no one is looking. Prisoners don't like prison. Beets don't taste good.") O'Reilly is often considered something of a conservative, but he can also play the blue-collar populist: "The rich want us to believe that anyone can make the quantum leap from bowling league to country club by just working a little harder. That's supposed to keep us motivated and quiet." Fans of his TV show will probably appreciate this cantankerous book. --John J. Miller --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I read several years after published, but it was still relevant and enjoyable.Published 27 days ago by Ernie Bullock
Always a good read. I get much of my news information from Fox and thoroughly trust their reporting. NormaPublished 1 month ago by Norma M. Heagy
While O'Reilly is sometimes naive and full of beans, he is a great writer. This book is a good read.Published 4 months ago by Flamethrower
An interesting perspective of different areas of our culture. Very funny as much of Bill's writing is. He is not as funny most of the time on the factor. PamPublished 5 months ago by Pamela Patrick