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From the bestselling author of Killing Lincoln and host of Fox News' top show The O'Reilly Factor, the best of Bill O?Reilly?s provocative writing?reflecting his ideas, wisdom, and core values

Bill O?Reilly is one of the most recognized and talked-about journalists of our time. With an unparalleled track record as an author and with the #1-rated Fox News show, The O?Reilly Factor, O?Reilly has become a veritable institution of ...
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From the bestselling author of Killing Lincoln and host of Fox News' top show The O'Reilly Factor, the best of Bill O’Reilly’s provocative writing—reflecting his ideas, wisdom, and core values

Bill O’Reilly is one of the most recognized and talked-about journalists of our time. With an unparalleled track record as an author and with the #1-rated Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly has become a veritable institution of political insight and keen advice. In Keep It Pithy, O’Reilly offers a classic collection of the most memorable writings from his bestselling books, and looks back at how his opinions and ideas have been proven right or wrong by the passage of time. With his trademark candor and no-nonsense approach, each chapter focuses on a core theme as it gathers O’Reilly’s thoughts on the most compelling issues of our time and provides readers an illuminating guide to the American cultural landscape.
 
A spirited and personal book, Keep It Pithy is the perfect addition to an O’Reilly fan’s library, or the best introduction for the few left uninitiated.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385346634
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 171,494
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Bill O'Reilly
For more than 13 years Bill O'Reilly has presided over The O'Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel. O’Reilly is a three-time Emmy Award winner as well as the recipient of a Governor's Award from the Boston/New England chapter of the prestigious National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Before becoming executive producer and anchor of The Factor, he served as national correspondent for ABC News and as anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition. He is the author of numerous mega-bestsellers, and in total, more than 5 million copies of his books are in circulation. He holds master's degrees from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Boston University. Asked about his proudest professional achievement Bill has said, "The millions of dollars we are able to give to charity."
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ONE

JUST AS I PREDICTED AND LONG BEFORE WE HEARD OF PRESIDENT OBAMA

The Growing Success of the Progressive Agenda

Back in 2006, I had fun imagining in my book Culture Warrior a future State of the Union speech by a U.S. president named Gloria Hernandez. Here’s a summary of that imaginary pol’s goals and philosophies:


A sharing of the wealth by targeting the affluent for most of the government’s revenue . . . lax school discipline on American children to promote their so-called liberties . . . naked hostility to religious values and their expression in public . . . a “one-world” approach to foreign relations that would prevent the U.S. government from imposing a policy that would benefit America first . . . a touchy-feely vision of our society that places individual self-expression and rights over self-sacrifice and adult responsibility.


Did I get it right? Well, I made one serious mistake. I imagined that this would be the platform of a president elected in 2020. Looked at a calendar lately?


The brilliant men who forged the Constitution understood that Americans should have the opportunity to pursue happiness without much government interference. They also believed for both moral and practical reasons that the greater good must always take precedence over individual selfishness.


The S‑P notion that the U.S. government has the right to seize private property (which is exactly what the estate tax achieves, for example, but under stealth wording), or redistribute legally earned income from the affluent to the poor, runs counter to the founding spirit of America in every way.

Look at the evidence. The United States became the strongest nation on earth because individuals working their butts off created a unified powerhouse.


Right now our national slogan is “The more you make, the more we take. And we’re not even going to watch how we spend it.”


Throwing our tax dollars away has become the new national pastime, replacing baseball!


Usually, as I’ve noted in the introduction, I’m not likely to disagree all that much with what I’ve opined in the past. Exceptions are notable, and I will note them. Most of these quotes from my writings will require no explanation. My core values have not fundamentally changed.

Too late now!


In fact . . .

Politicians will argue--as many have on my program--that the government needs your money. This is a lie. There is more than enough tax revenue available today to pay for the armed forces, roads, police, and other vital services without looting the take-home pay of working Americans. No, the reason our taxes are so punitive is right there in front of you: obvious and arrogant wastefulness in government-run programs. Forget the $400 toilet seats in the Pentagon budget--peanuts. The real killing waste is in programs that do not work.

(I then noted the “horrific failure” of Clinton’s $30 billion drug war and the $200 billion his administration threw at public education, to no great effect.)


I could give you hundreds of examples of ridiculous government waste, but that would take a whole other book. Right now, I have enough on my hands trying to write this one. But you can trust me on this: The tax situation in this country is brutal, including the fact that your elected representatives and their opponents are using entitlements to buy votes. That includes Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Listen very carefully when pols talk about these hot-button programs. Are they making sense, or are they pandering? You have to decide. The bottom line is that few government programs are run effectively or with discipline. What we call “waste” or “pork” is reelection insurance to our leaders. Besides, the prevailing wisdom is that there will always be more tax money coming in, so don’t sweat it. Is it time for another tea party like the one given in honor of King George III in Boston Harbor? I’ll meet you at the water’s edge. . . .


Welfare has failed. Public housing is a shambles. Public education is a mess. The poverty rate remains almost unchanged. And yet the Big Government Beat goes on.

In 1766 Benjamin Franklin warned the British Parliament that if the stamp tax wasn’t repealed, the colonies might well revolt. Today our tax situation is revolting (sorry), but too many of us remain passive in the face of it. The road to hell is paved with good intentions--and you know what? Those intentions are being paid for big-time by all working Americans. It is enough to test even the strongest person’s sobriety.


I don’t expect any help from the Fifth Estate.

The sad truth is that most high-profile media people are looking out for themselves and themselves alone. On any given day in Manhattan, you will see them dining in incredibly expensive restaurants with other powerful people. You will see them at swanky parties and black-tie charity events. You will see them at their lavish vacation homes in the Hamptons, Aspen, or Loudoun County, Virginia. You will not see them at Wal-Mart.


The split between “we” the people and the media is especially severe in the spiritual arena. A survey by the American Society of Newspaper Editors shows that the rate of atheism among journalists is about 20 percent, significantly higher than among the general population, where it stands at about 9 percent. When one in five media warriors does not believe in the existence of a supreme being, it’s not hard to figure out why many press people support secular causes like unrestricted abortion, gay marriage, and restraints on public displays of faith.


Hard work and discipline lead to economic success. Government handouts and unsupervised policies of pity only rob people of incentive. If tax money continues to be wasted, it becomes morally wrong for our government to confiscate huge percentages of income and property from Americans, even if they are wealthy.


Until the mid-1930s, America was a nation that basically said to its citizens: “Your forefathers have given you freedom, so good luck, see you around, hope you make it.” Then came the Great Depression, World War II, the Great Society, the Age of Aquarius, the Me Generation, and finally the anything-goes Clinton years. Throughout those generations everything changed. While John Kennedy once asked what you would do for your country, modern politicians were suddenly lining up to tell you what they were going to give you, and one of the biggest entitlement pushers around was JFK’s brother Senator Edward Kennedy. Most giveaway programs have been complete failures, but the rhetorical battle continues to this day.


To this day, I keep these lessons close:


1. Work hard.

2. Keep a clear head. [That means avoid getting hammered as much as possible.]

3. Don’t compromise when you know you’re right.

4. Give most people the benefit of the doubt.

5. Don’t fear authority.

6. And definitely have a good time.


Chances are you’re not wealthy.

Because in America very few people are. That’s the deal. The average annual pay in America is about $43,000 for an individual, about $63,000 for a household. And the celebrated or maligned “1 percent”? In 2012, $343,927 a year would put you in that group. So . . .

If you don’t believe class is important in your life, you might want to ask yourselves some questions like these:


Did my spouse or I turn down a chance for another job because of the fear of “not fitting in”?

Did someone in my family not stand up for himself or a family member after some injustice because he didn’t feel he was good enough?

Do I miss out on some social or sports activity I like because I’m afraid everyone else involved in it dresses better or has more income?

Have I discouraged my children from chasing an ambitious goal because I’m afraid they won’t be happy or comfortable in an upper-class situation?

Do I refuse to learn something--Alpine skiing, computer skills, wine collecting, field hockey--because I think that other people are already way ahead of me and I would be acting “above my station”?


The class situation has not improved over the years.

Don’t expect it to change in our lifetimes.

Live with it and make your own way.

Even people of modest means can have class.


I’m reminded of conservative humorist P. J. O’Rourke’s definition of the three branches of government: not the legislature, executive, and judicial system we learned about in school, but “money, television, and B.S.”

If I’m right about secular-progressivism in this country (and I am!), we shouldn’t just roll over and submit. . . .

We have the right to vote. People have died to protect that right. But half or more of us stay home during important elections. When we talk to pollsters, we reveal amazing ignorance about the issues, the candidates, and even the structure of government.

Who represents you in Congress? And is he or she a Democrat or Republican? What’s his or her stand on abortion, gun control, trade with Communist China, taxes . . . ? You’d be surprised at how many Americans haven’t a clue to the answers to questions like these. And if you’re surprised, I’m amazed. These people make the laws that define our lives, and they decide how to spend the money collected by a confiscatory tax system.

Clue: Were tax hikes an issue in the last national election?

Another clue: Did the election results affect the decisions made to avert the so-called fiscal cliff?


Crazed ideologues on the right who laugh off environmental concerns are just as stupid as crazed ideologues on the left who have somehow determined that human life in the womb is expendable.

Just as with global warming, no one knows exactly when life begins. Only the deity knows. You can believe anything you want, but you DON’T KNOW. We do know one thing, however: Scientists have proven that upon conception, human DNA is present. Get it? The fetus already has the codes in place from its biological mother and father. So the “mass of nonhuman cells” argument goes right out the window if you’re an honest person.

In my opinion, the “compassionate” liberal cadre that supports abortion on demand--for any reason at any time--is guilty of gross human-rights violations. Worshiping at the altar of “reproductive rights” is wrong. Abortion should be rare, regulated, and discouraged. Human dignity demands it.

So you can see that the bold, fresh guy has some problems with both sides of the ideological spectrum. But unlike Judy Collins, who sang about not knowing life at all, I am more confident in my views. Independent thought based upon greater good, realism, and, yes, compassion drives my agenda and dictates my analysis.


More on taxes in today’s political climate . . .

Politicians take your tax dollars and give them to their friends and patrons. How corrupt is that? Well, they get away with it because politicians know that you won’t notice that you’re being stiffed as long as the malls stay open late and your cable system provides twenty-four-hour sports coverage.

In other words, the political climate in the USA has changed in favor of the crooks and incompetents. How can you guarantee yourself a future in public service? Be willing to sell out for campaign money. And if you’re an especially talented liar, you can go very far. Both major parties would be happy to have you join the hustle. (But get in line quick. It’s only the first few who will be allowed on board. Any more than that, and the bandits get nervous.)

Am I being too harsh?

Simple answer to that: no.


But there are, and have been, exceptions.

The politician I most admire is Abraham Lincoln. The reason is simple: He was kind. He showed his concern for everyday Americans while trying to lead this country through its greatest crisis so far. Failure to act wisely and courageously at the height of the Civil War would have destroyed the nation, which was founded at such risk barely a hundred years before.

Even so, Lincoln devoted one day a week to reading mail from the people and answering with notes on the reverse side of the page. Not surprisingly, many letters were written to seek jobs or other favors. The president often tried to help these ordinary people, even though they were strangers to the corridors of power and influence. . . .

I have seen a number of these letters from mothers who wanted to visit their wounded sons, from older men who needed work to support their families after all the young relatives had gone to war, and from children worried about their fathers in uniform. Lincoln’s replies are amazingly compassionate. He reveals himself as a great man who used determination and humility to save the Union. Neither vain nor vengeful, he had no spin guys or bagmen and took no money. Because he loved his country, he suffered greatly at the loss of life on both sides of the conflict. Despite the tremendous personal stress and the nationwide chaos, Lincoln still helped individuals while working to keep the country whole.

Where are today’s Honest Abes?

Dunno, but we should keep an eye out. Might happen again.

The above sketch was written years before I wrote my recent bestseller, Killing Lincoln. Good in the world is too often matched by evil, as in the person of the assassin John Wilkes Booth.

Am I serious about that observation?

Yes.


Evil is a constant presence throughout the world. I’ve seen soldiers gun down unarmed civilians in Latin America, Irish terrorists kill and maim their fellow citizens in Belfast with bombs, and heroin addicts with AIDS knowingly share needles with other addicts without telling them about the infection. Evil.

Once, I stood in the cellar of an abandoned Italian church that had been used by Satanists in rituals that included murder. The feeling of evil permeated this room. I had never felt anything like it.

But then I felt it again in Africa at Victoria Falls in Zambia. I stood where human sacrifice was practiced years before by tribes native to the area. Victims were tossed off the cliff into the thundering falls. I got out of there quick.

So I know that true, unrepentant evil exists. And I firmly believe it will be punished, just as good will be rewarded. That is part of the order of the universe, if we only take the time to recognize it.


TWO

I’VE QUESTIONED EUROPEAN SOCIALISM FROM THE BEGINNING

Hello France, Next Stop--God Forbid--Greece!

Europe is on such an economic roller coaster that no one, certainly not your humble servant, could reliably predict what will be going on when this book comes off the presses.

Chaos? Collapse?

Don’t point your finger at any one or two countries alone. The whole European way of thinking about social and economic matters has been a shared lunacy and a dangerous misreading of human reality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Reviews appear to reflect political bias instead of quality. If

    Reviews appear to reflect political bias instead of quality. If you believe in small gov't', capitalism and the constitution as written you will like the book. If you believe in large gov't, socialism, PC, an the constitution as a work in progress you will dislike it. When he presents facts they are not disputible . His opinions are subject to controversy depending on your own philosophys. I'm not talking right or wrong here: just the way it is. I do wonder if the really negative views actually read the book however.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    A Little Too Pithy

    A good book as far as it goes. However, the entire book is 102 pages from front to back. Remove the front and back matter and the book length is around 90 pages. You want to pay $11 bucks for 90 pages, go ahead.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Another book from a great author and a great person. Ha Ha to th

    Another book from a great author and a great person. Ha Ha to the mean nasty liberals.

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    A Must Read

    Down to earth extremely useful information on everyday standards to live by.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

    "keep it pithy" isa fantastic book. bill o reilly show

    "keep it pithy" isa fantastic book. bill o reilly shows how certain groups of people like judges and liberal hollywood elites are using their influences to ruin the lifes of children and our country and he shows what can be done to make a diffrence. interviews and documentations from his show the factor. after the game by norman c chastain peach tree corvete club by bill chastain september nights by bill chastain hacks 191 by bill chastain killing linclon by bill chastain

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Excellent book by a master who understands the workings of the G

    Excellent book by a master who understands the workings of the Government. There's no pulling the wool over the eyes of this intelligent and knowledgeable personality. He speaks in an easy and flowing way to make his points understandable for all. I've really enjoyed learning more about what is happening in our government and country and look forward to reading more written by the man that I enjoy watching on tv.  I've had a hard time putting this book down. 

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Bill O'Reilly is by far one of the most sensible and no nonsense

    Bill O'Reilly is by far one of the most sensible and no nonsense authors of our times.
    He pulls no punches, however his honest interpretation of what is going on in this world,
    is uncomprimised
    We need more honest and fair news people like Bill.
    His books are accurate and at the same time extremely well written and entertaining.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Its a good reminder & eye opener. O'Reilly is very articulat

    Its a good reminder & eye opener. O'Reilly is very articulate. Written in a down to earth, understandable way.
    You have to believe in something, Bill probably won't like it, but this book should be required reading at a high school level.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Entertaining; A quick read

    Bill's latest book is a more or less review of his earlier thoughts and opinions. Although it was entertaining and easy to read, I really didn't see any new insights or though-provoking ideas. I'm sure his overall popularity is what has made this book a best seller.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    A Great short read.

    Have read all of Bills books and we watch him on FOX. Enjoyed this book and highly recomnended it. Thanks for keeping it pithy.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Keep It Pithy

    Enjoyable. It was sort of a review of comments made on O'Reilly's Factor Show. I always enjoy his book as they are well written.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    To the genius below.......

    Funny how you talk about O'Reilly putting liberals in THEIR place and speak of intelligence and yet you can't seem to grasp the proper use of there/their. Get this genius a "Hooked on phonics" stat!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    A little short for his books, but accurate. Good to see our libe

    A little short for his books, but accurate. Good to see our liberal friends leaving some reviews, but isn't it amazing how every time a lib disagrees they resort to insults?? A clear indication of how right Bill and his assessments are!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Bill is a blowhard.

    The title of this book should have been 'I With An Ego The Size of Texas.'

    2 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Another piece of trash

    Keep it Stupid is a better title for this tripe. The jerk author's nickname is O'Lielly for a reason: he couldn't tell the truth if his sorry life depended on it.

    2 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Great book.  I had a difficult time putting it down.

    Great book.  I had a difficult time putting it down.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I have read several of Bill's books. While this is one of the we

    I have read several of Bill's books. While this is one of the weakest of his that I have read, it is still a very good and extremely fast read. In this one Bill postulates on things like responsiblities to be a good parent, the dangers of addictions, the failures of the news media and the importance of religion in one's life. Though I don't always agree with Bill, I always enjoy how he presents things. He makes some very compelling arguments as to why the word "Christmas" should not be forceably omitted from retail ads and in other areas where people no longer use the word.

    He lays out good strategies for parents teaching good morals to their children. In one case he seems to be bothered that in one Univerisity program a "watered" down version of the Koran is required reading. He then gives a "watered" down version of the interview he had with the 'offending" professor from the school. I would like to see the full interview to see if certain cogent arguments were omitted.

    I easily finished this book in one sitting, wiishing it was longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Mr. O' You have did it again putting the liberals in there place

    Mr. O' You have did it again putting the liberals in there place. I have read the reviews and cant not understand why you cant wirte you views about a book without being nasty and rude. Some are insulting the author instead of reviewing the book. A sure way to measure there education and intellect.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    A Man For The People

    Bill O'Reilly is a true leader. Keep it Pithy is a fantastic post analysis of Mr. O's past writings/Factor assesments/predictions. Thank you Mr. O for using your wisdom to look out for the folks. Already pre-ordered Killing Jesus...can't wait. Keep up the good work.

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    Posted September 18, 2013

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