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Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 14, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Sending the National Guard to the Arizona border . . .Cutting back-room deals to pass health-care reform . . .Conducting troop surges in Iraq and Afghanistan . . .Considering trying known terrorists in civilian court . . .Which of these moves have been pinheadedand which have been patriotic?
While the changes that took place in America during PresidentObama’s first eighteen months in office are dizzying to eventhink about, their real-life impact on the average American isa helluva lot stronger than that. Blood pressures have soaredand tempers have reached the boiling point over the shifts inhealth care, immigration, national security, energy, and the environment—andthen there’s the economy. The president and his administration have gotten folksriled. But some greedy Wall Streeters, a partisan Congress, and the media have also widened the national divide. Through it all, Bill O’Reilly can be counted on to cut through the rhetoric and tell you what’s good and what’s bad for you.
O’Reilly sorts it all out with his trademark mix of humor and bluster in his--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
For more than thirteen years, three-time Emmy Award winner Bill OREilly has presided over The OReilly Factor on the FOX News Channel, the highest-rated news program on cable. Prior to that, he served as a national correspondent for ABC News and as an anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition. He is the author of numerous megabestsellers, including A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, a deeply personal memoir that has sold more than one million copies.
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 ›
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Pretty good analysis, in Bill's opinion of course, of many famous or infamous Americans. Published in 2010 it's a bit dated now and Bill's predictions aren't 100% accurate but... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Michael Cervine
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 2 months ago by Cetera
Thought provoking still, even at the end of BOH's presidency.Published 2 months ago by Christopher P. Jones