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The O'reilly Factor: The Good, The Bad, And The Completely Ridiculous In American Life Unknown Binding – September 10, 2000

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Broadway (September 10, 2000)
  • ASIN: B003B7M9BW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews)

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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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Emily on November 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is quite insightful. O'Reilly offers a lot of his own advice for living a good, honest life. This book has a lot to offer people of differing political bases.
If you have ever watched The O'Reilly Factor you probably know how Bill O'Reilly thinks, and you will read a lot of those same opinions in this book. However, I think the highlights of this book are all of O'Reilly's short anecdotes, stories, and life experiences scattered throughout the entire book. They are about growing up, politics, the media, and tons of the silly and stupid things people have done. These stories and personal experiences are entertaining by themselves, and they are the main reasons why I recommend this book.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. Ayres on October 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Bill O'Reilly should not be compared to beat journalists in your daily newspaper or news readers on your local TV news. It perplexes me that some have ripped him for not being "objective" in his well-written and thoughtful book. He is a news analyst, and only a journalist in as much as he gathers the pertinent facts before hand. His show is based on a philosophy of vetting out the so-called objective journalism based mainly on talking points. Bill goes out of his way to explain the premise of his show regularly.
For someone who graduated from one of the best public school journalism programs in the country, I believe O'Reilly meets the objectivity quotient by not taking sides and being tough on everyone. As he states in the book, he is a watchdog, not a lapdog.
This book is not Journalism 101, anyway. It's Life 101, a text many Amercians should read.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John O'Brien on October 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The fact that Bill O'Reilly admits that both his television show and his book are his OPINION is significant and against the grain with most modern journalists. -- Somewhere along the line they forgot that they are historians or scribes, tasked with reporting facts as facts and not opinions as facts. For this I admire him. The book was fun reading -- you don't have to agree with everything -- enjoy the book and think about the various "factors" in your own life. I finished it in two days.
BUT, I regret that he took a cheap shot at the Roman Catholic Church. I estimate my age to be within 3 years of Bill's and I was formally educated by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Brothers and Priests of the Society of Mary and both Jesuit and Benedictine Priests. I also was raised in the Midwest -- not the more "progressive" minded Northeast. I DO NOT recall a level of mental and physical abuse by these clerics to be nearly as close as he suggests. -- Why is it so popular to embellish the truth and cling to myths about the very faith that has influenced your life ? --- admit that Bill -- they (your Catholic mentors and teachers) helped shape the man you are today -- I'm proud of it -- I hope you are. I had to get that out of my system -- other than that outrage -- I truly did enjoy the book. Thanks for reading my opinion.
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68 of 80 people found the following review helpful By David E. Levine on December 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although I like the show the O'Reilly Factor and therefore expected to enjoy this book, I was surprised to discover the book was even better than I thought. O'Reilly does a great job of exposing hypocracy in America and he makes insightful observations about such issues as to whether there is a class system in this country. For example, while Clinton was renting out the Lincoln bedroom, Ted Kennedy was renting out the Kennedy Compound for six figure contributions. However, the Kennedy guests would spend the day there but, O'Reilly points out that the contributors were not the Kennedy type of people (class system), so they were then taken to hotels for the night. I really have the feeling that O'Reilly is sincere and not full of himself, as he often comes off. He made observations about religion and I found him to be on target. Each chapter are his views and comments on a specific topic, such as race, religion, class, celebrities, success, etc. In his chapter on success, he aptly defines success as being respected, not financially prosperous. I like that type of thinking. His often irreverent comments are his way of stating sincere, deeply felt beliefs. Having read this book, I like Bill O'Reilly, as a person, even better than I previously did.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a new fan of the Fox News Channel, I've watched Bill O'Reilly rip Republicans and Democrats alike, to shreds. And I've enjoyed it.
During the 2000 Campaign and Election, I've learned more about the political arena than I've ever know my entire life and part of that credit must go to Mr. O'Reilly. His no-nonsense approach to the facts made chapters like: The Politics Factor, The Race Factor, The Celebrity Factor and The Parents Factor among my favorites- each just telling it like it is. His "Notes" that begin almost every chapter deliver a straightforward punch to people like Sharon Stone, Pamela Anderson, Hillary Clinton and others. His "Ridiculous Notes" gives readers insight to the world of the absurd truth such as this favorite clip of mine:
"Hillary Clinton used her own intuition about sex to explain to a White House aide that her husband's goal with Monica was to `offer spiritual advice to a very troubled young woman.'"
Only Bill O'Reilly can get away with writing the truth, as the American people need to know it. This book is a must read for anyone wanting a straight approach without the BS that often fill our lives courtesy of the Clinton News Network [CNN] and other media outlets.
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