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Culture Warrior Paperback – October 9, 2007
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O'Reilly presents a clear explaination of his beliefs and what drives him, while admiting his own wrongdoings along the way, without resorting to personal attacks against those who have attacked him in the past. He makes his case with clear-cut examples, going after the usual targets, the media, Hollywood, the ACLU, and "secular-progressives;" however, where other authors who go after said targets fail to clearly present their own side as an alternative, O'Reilly succedes with a vigor, devoting entire chapters to his own "traditional" beliefs.
Sure, some of the knee-jerk reactions that his fans love and many others hate is present, but it never becomes overbearing; reading this will not cause one to toss it across the room in anger. O'Reilly remains reserved but firm in presenting his case for traditionalists.
Additionally, I was surprised at the lack of the tired "convervative vs liberal, Republican vs Democrat" arguments...he sets the record straight on why this book is actually NOT about that right from the start, and points out why those arguments are not proactive.
I would reccomend this to not only fans of O'Reilly, but also to people like me, who are political moderates, not particularly fans and have formed a negative opinion on the author based on things seen in the media (or read in an Al Franken book). At the very least, this gives a tactful impression of what he is all about, something that tends to get lost when he is on television.
If you don't know what O'Reilly is all about or if you are a staunch conservative, you will probably like this book. If you are independent you will find some things you like and some things you do not. If you are a liberal you will want to toss it into the nearest garbage can. Take it for what it's worth.
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Like fellow culture warriors Ann Coulter, Al Franken, Sean Hannity, Keith Olbermann, Sean Penn, and Rush Limbaugh, best-selling author and pundit Bill O'Reilly provokes a visceral reaction in just about everyone who encounters him. In plain English, either you love him or hate him, but there is rarely any middle ground.
And that's a shame, because it sometimes prevents sober, civil consideration of the content of his message.
In his latest book, O'Reilly--in his unique, bombastic, black and white, pointed way--tries to make sense of the growing divide in America between groups he dubs "traditionalists" and "secular-progressives." While I might quibble with the precision of those particular terms, I believe O'Reilly is onto something in terms of the motives and passions that drive this growing divide.
O'Reilly correctly notes that the animus is not primarily rooted in party affiliation or even in "conservative" or "liberal" labels. After all, despite what Al Franken or Keith Olbermann might say, O'Reilly himself is very difficult to label politically. Some of his ideas are certainly reflective of a conservative mindset, but others might be categorized as liberal. He has been a fierce critic of President George W.Read more ›
A personal example: a few tears ago in Macy's I said happy holiday to one of the people who work there & they said that they were told not to reciprocate because some folks get mad. That is crazy, I don't even know any atheists who would be offended by someone wishing them a happy holiday. All of these extremes are capable of changing our culture. Just think about the changes of the 1960's. Some were for the better like civil rights, & the negatives like the growth of the drug culture.
The book is divided into three parts. "The Conflict: America in The year 2020, The Culture war Where You Live, & The Struggle For The Soul Of America." The term culture war does on some level seems to fit since both sides rarely appear to agree on much.Read more ›
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If you want an excellent perspective of the forces at work in today's world that jeopardize our constitution and ways of life... read the book. Thank you Bill O'Reilly.Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
This book is meant for the average reader. I would put the writing level at about the same level as a newspaper. It is a social commentary from a conservative viewpoint. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Francis C. Donnelly
Looks like Bill, the Commanding T-Warrior, is looking for recruits.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Reading this helps you understand O'reilly_ his drive and his battle against the secular progressives. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Easy reading.Published 6 months ago by Sally Hoffman
Excellent book. Every single parent and grandparent should read it. Once I opened the introduction, I could not put the book down to get other things done. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Fitzie63
Very good take on the forces attempting to undermine American culture.Published 7 months ago by Howard C. Mayberry, Jr.