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Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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From the Back Cover
When Bill O'Reilly interviewed then-Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential elections, the two had a lively debate about the nation's future.
Since that time, America has changed rapidly—some would even say seismically. And many believe these shifts are doing more than just rocking the political and social climate; they're rocking the American core.
What are these changes? Who, in addition to President Obama, have been the biggest forces behind them? What exactly do they mean for you, the everyday American citizen? How are they affecting your money, health, safety, freedom, and standing in this nation? Which are Pinheaded moves and which are truly Patriotic? In his latest spirited book, O'Reilly prompts further debate with the President and the American people on the current state of the union.
After five consecutive, no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is megabestsellers, you can count on Bill to offer blunt and constructive political commentary. And as he did in his popular memoir, he offers some introspection too, looking back at his own actions and those of past Pinheads and Patriots who have inspired a code of conduct for such taxing times.
As always, O'Reilly is fair, balanced, and uncompromisingly tough when guarding the American way. Only Pinheads would fail to fight for what they love most about this country or to embrace some measure of change to make it better. The rest of us Patriots will read this book to discover the difference between the two.
About the Author
For more than thirteen years, three-time Emmy Award winner Bill O’REillyhas presided over The O’Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel, the highest-ratednews program on cable. Prior to that, he served as a national correspondent for ABCNews and as an anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program InsideEdition. He is the author of numerous megabestsellers, including A Bold Fresh Pieceof Humanity, a deeply personal memoir that has sold more than one million copies.
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Top Customer Reviews
What the book has in style however, it lacks in content. While the book is nearly 220 pages long, the final 80 pages contain his opinions on figures from history and then a transcript of his interview of then-Senator Obama. The other 140 pages seem to contain equal parts analysis of the nation's politics and analysis of the politics of cable news networks; which doesn't leave room for much depth. Many large topics receive a mere glossing over when an in-depth analysis would be appreciated. In spite of all that, I was enjoying the book until I came to the section on the nation's youth.
Mr. O'Reilly sounds the oft-played trumpet that America's youth are becoming mindless, barely-literate zombies thanks to computers and cellphones. In a book filled with many respectable arguments, this came across as pandering to the elderly audience this book was obviously intended for and, as a 19 year-old who reads voraciously, is able to think critically, and uses cellphones and computers, I was offended. Studies have shown (See: Freakonomics) that television use does not affect children's test scores and every generation has had technological advancements which the youth are always faster to adopt. Claiming that an entire generation is unintelligent because we use cellphones and computers is just as bigoted as believing that the elderly are useless because they can no longer move as fast. However, this is a small section of an otherwise enjoyable book.
After thirty or forty pages I reached what I'll call a gate, and when I opened it I felt I was headed down an old path - just another version of hammering from the Right. I could see the writing as obviously intended to criticize the actions and policies of President Barack Obama and other Liberals, simultaneously bestowing kudos on them for small, insignificant, non-political actions. I considered his method as beating someone with a hose rather than a chain. In an effort to show non bias, he gives Pinhead status to several actions of G.W. Bush and other Conservatives, and even ever so gently knocks Rush Limbaugh.
I will say I feel the book is likely based more on emotion and ideology than substance. Many of O'Reilly's comments and statistics are "off the cuff" and simply a matter of personal opinion, rather than documented fact. For example, when he enters into a diatribe on what he calls The Tech Offensive, or how electronic media technology is virtually ruining the children of this country, he cites a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation stating that kids spend 7.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As apparently all his books, is only minimally factual and mostly opinion. That is OK, of course, if you care what he personally thinks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cetera
Thought provoking still, even at the end of BOH's presidency.Published 1 month ago by Christopher P. Jones
I know this book has pretty well run its course;but nonetheless it is still a worthwhile read.Books on Current Affairs,particularly political books, quickly become dated and fall... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jerry Guild