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A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir

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10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Outstanding Book

I just read your book and it was wonderful. I don't agree with some of the other comments. If people only had the insight that Bill O'Reily does the world would be a happier place.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2008

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14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Life is a constant struggle between good and evil. In this autobiography, O¿Reilly describes the key life experiences which shaped his beliefs with examples intermingled of what he considers evil.

If you watch O'Reilly's show and you have read any of his other books, you probably already know most of what is in this latest book. This was my second O'Reilly book and I found it quite repetitive (I keep getting the books for Christmas). If you don't watch the show...
If you watch O'Reilly's show and you have read any of his other books, you probably already know most of what is in this latest book. This was my second O'Reilly book and I found it quite repetitive (I keep getting the books for Christmas). If you don't watch the show, you should give this book a try. O'Reilly's books are quick reads, tend to be entertaining and just might challenge the way you look at life.

Bill O¿Reilly¿s core belief is that ¿life is a constant struggle between good and evil. That each person has free will and must choose a side. Refusing to choose puts one in the evil category by default, because bad things will go unchallenged.¿ O¿Reilly uses the German people during Nazi rule as an example of this last point. O¿Reilly goes on to say ¿the most frustrating part of life: seeing evil individuals continue to harm people with impunity¿ and that he believes that he ¿was put on this earth for a reason and confronting evil is that purpose.¿ When you are dead, ¿your legacy will be defined by two simple questions: How many wrongs did you right, and how many people did you help when they needed it.¿

In this autobiography, O¿Reilly describes the key life experiences which shaped his beliefs with examples intermingled of what he considers evil. Some of the things Bill considers evil include knowingly hurting another person without significant cause, child abuse, selling drugs to children, and deriving pleasure from watching human suffering. Terrorism is also central to Bill¿s concept of evil - terrorist acts, supporting terrorists, and doing business with countries that sponsor terrorism. Bill states that getting people to understand that terrorism is evil is a central struggle of our times.

Other things that bother Bill are people unfairly receiving special privileges, individuals that don¿t take personal responsibility and who instead rely on government safety nets, hiding behind the First Amendment when doing dishonest things, and seeing people treated unfairly.

Bill uses his life experiences to highlight some of his other beliefs which include:
- Individual responsibility is the key to success
- The solution to poverty is education and hard work, not sympathy
- Enough money is spent in the U.S. on education. Teaching is about presentation and personal accountability; money is secondary
- Long-term friendships are declining in the U.S. because people are moving so frequently
- The U.S. did nothing ¿immoral¿ by removing Saddam Hussain, ¿a murderous dictator . . . hell-bent on causing trouble for America.¿
- People in positions of power have a responsibility to make the world a better place
- Life is unfair, but if people strive to be fair then things will balance out.

Bill¿s opines for simpler times when people worked, obeyed the law, cared for their family, looked out for their neighbors and respected their country.

His advice for success in life:
- Design your own life
- Work hard
- Don¿t cloud your thinking by getting high on drugs or alcohol
- Give most people the benefit of the doubt
- Don¿t fear authority
- Have a good time.

posted by speed-learn on January 5, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    a bit disappointing

    I believe every word Bill writes or says about himself..I've waiting patiently for this memoir to be published so that I will be better informed as to what makes him think and what his belief system is and how it was formed.Having read every book he has written and just finished this one, I've finally come to the conclusion that he is one of the most egocentric and self-absorbed persons I've ever heard of.He thinks he's the smartest guy in the room. The weird and goofy title of this dribble should be a good clue and indication as to what lies inside the cover.

    8 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    lolololololol

    I am sorry but...lol. what a pile of garbage. This man has lost his mind. He really believes his own 'spin'

    4 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    ouch

    It's just a horrible ego trip...

    3 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2008

    This is not going to work...

    I was thinking that I would give O'Reilly a chance when reading this book, but it was terrible. Written solely for the purpose of raising his already high egotistical mindset. Not to mention that he is completely right-winged in thought, even going so far as to misconstrue facts to fit his conservative "arguments." Not a good read at all.

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Book for ignorant people.

    Bought this book for my father who is a closed minded Republican. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. O'Reilly is a fool!

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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