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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061950718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061950711
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
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Format: Hardcover
I noticed a lot of neg reviews for this book. I don't know why, I thought it was perfect Bill O'Rielly at his best. If you don''t like Bill you won't like this book! I happen to like Bill and I listened to this book on Audible and hearing Bill's own words were great. Felt like I was listening to the "Factor". What I like about the book was that it rated several political and non political events into pnhead or patriot catagories. It was fair and balanced. He didn't dis Pres Obama, in fact is states several times that you have to respect him and that he is a patriot at times and a pinhead at others. I very much enjoyed this book!! Thank you Bill O'Rielly!!!
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I received this book as a present and, not knowing a great deal about Mr. O'Reilly, began reading expecting an aggressive and unreasoned chiding of Obama and the state of the country. However, the reality of Mr. O'Reilly's writing pleasantly surprised me. It was much more moderate than expected and the arguments were clear-headed and well-reasoned. Mr. O'Reilly makes generous use of his sardonic wit and creativity to enliven the pages.

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.
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I am neither a follower nor a fan of Bill O'Reilly, have read none of his prior books, and rarely watch Fox News (or CNN, MSNBC, ABC or any television for that matter). On top of that, I am politically a (struggling) Centrist, and refuse to identify directly and / or solely with any one party or ideology. However I was very optimistic in the first thirty to forty pages as I sensed I would be reading a non-biased work; one that gives credit where it's due, and points out areas of failure when they occur. Per the title, people are either Patriots for their commendable actions, or Pinheads for their foolish ones. This actually appealed to me - keep it black and white, simple and fair.

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.
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O'Reilly writes so that the book provides very enjoyable reading, using humor where appropriate. It's an easy read and we've passed it around our family and everyone who has read it had favorable comments about the book.
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I agree with Bill as he pointed out some pinheads and patriots - but I must be honest, I agree about most of he says about the government ( even believe that Mark Twain and Will Rogers would agree also). Our congress is at an all time low approval rating and Obama has reached the 54% NOT approval rating. Some of the pinheads pointed out by Bill would include George Soros, Louis Farrakhan, Jeremiah Wright, General Custer, Bill Moyers, John Edwards, David Duke, et. al. Some of the patriots include our military, like the Viet Nam vets, Hank Aaron, Cesar Chavez, Davy Crockett, Jackie Robinson, Audie Murphy, Annie Oakley, Chief Joseph, et. al. This is a good review about where we stand as a nation and who some of the destroyers/pinheads might be. The book reminds us to stay alert and watch our leaders carefully.
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