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Bill mailed this one in - not as good as Bold Fresh,
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This review is from: Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama (Hardcover)
This is an actual review from someone who has read the entire book. Seems a bit rare here.
I liked Bold Fresh, it read like O'Reilly talking but included some great stories and insight into Bill. Sadly Pinheads and Patriots is a pretty lazy effort by Bill, especially if you watch his nightly show.
For me the Pinheads and Patriots theme became old in a hurry. While it's unique for a while, it reminds me of the Saturday Night Live skits that are turned into movies. Pinheads and Patriots is a unique bit that Bill does at the end of his show for a few minutes. In small doses it is interesting. As a book, it's repetitive and frankly I wasn't that interested in Bill looking at historical figures as Pinhead or Patriots.
Obviously Obama gets a lot of coverage in the book. Bill is fair with him to a point. Bill lost me in spending a large chapter of the book transcribing his 30 minute interview with Obama in 2008 and then doing a follow-up on what Obama said. Bill covered this interview to death on his show (ditto for Barney Frank). You can take any politician and two years later analyze an interview they did finding all kinds of issues. I am not an Obama fan, but this was lazy by Bill. Put a fresh interview in the book, then you have something.
Early in the book Bill thanks his fans and talks about how he like to give back to them. His reward for me was charging more for the Kindle version than the hardcover. For that Bill you are a Pinhead. (Sorry, I had to)
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Initial post: Oct 14, 2010 8:26:36 AM PDT
Jeanine Gibbs says:
I agree with you. Putting that whole interview with Obama in, IMO, was simply book filler. I didn't read it. Like you said, he's already gone over that interview several times on his show. I think that he was extremely fair to Obama--better than Obama deserves--I'll bet that whiner Obama of the thin skin, will still be angry about the book. If someone disagrees with him, he sends out his hate goons. Obama is so emotionally juvenile. I was surprised that O'reilly didn't research that a little more.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2010 9:33:14 AM PDT
K. Cooper says:
There's 2 points here. One is should they put inthe entire Obama interview? Most of O'Reilly's regular viewers have seen this and it is not new to them.
Point #2 is The reviewer says a fresh interview should be there in its place. Unfortunately, Obama won't talk to Obama or Fox or any conservatives for that matter. He has openly criticized the network. So a fresh interview with the president is not possible and that is not O"Reilly's fault.
So the issue for O'reilly is do you use the old interview which is Obama in his own words or do you use nothing directly from Obama? It probabaly is a more fair and balanced thing to do to allow the president to present his views in his own words so it then is necessary to include the 2008 interview in the book. Not exciting for the reader but it needs to be done.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2010 7:51:21 PM PDT
JJ Rock says:
I understand that Obama isn't going to do an interview at this point. My comment is more on the value of spending that much of the book rehashing an old interview. O'Reilly owes the reader a return on the $15 investment. The interview is in the public domain, charging for it seems wrong to me.
Note to all, I really tried to avoid the Obama good, Obama bad stuff in my review. For me as a reader I am looking to gain additional information from a book (on either side). I still think O'Reilly owes the reader more in this book. Pinheads and Patriots plays more like a Saturday Night Live skit made into a movie.
I did like Bill's last book, it was excellent.
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