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A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir | [Bill O'Reilly]

A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir

One day in 1957, in the third-grade classroom of St. Brigid's parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William O'Reilly and said, "William, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity." Little did she know that she was, early in his career as a troublemaker, defining the essence of Bill O'Reilly and providing him with the title of his brash and entertaining issues-based memoir.
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One day in 1957, in the third-grade classroom of St. Brigid's parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William O'Reilly and said, "William, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity."

Little did she know that she was, early in his career as a troublemaker, defining the essence of Bill O'Reilly and providing him with the title of his brash and entertaining issues-based memoir.

And this time it's personal. In his most intimate book yet, O'Reilly goes back in time to examine the people, places, and experiences that launched him on his journey from working-class kid to immensely influential television personality and best-selling author.

Listeners will learn how his traditional outlook was formed in the crucible of his family, his neighborhood, his church, and his schools, and how his views on America's proper role in the world emerged from covering four wars on five continents over three-plus decades as a news correspondent.

What will delight his numerous fans and surprise many others is the humor and self-deprecation with which he handles one of his core subjects: himself, and just how O'Reilly became O'Reilly.

©2008 Bill O'Reilly; (P)2008 Random House Audio

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    Robert ORO VALLEY, AZ, USA 11-20-08
    Robert ORO VALLEY, AZ, USA 11-20-08
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    "To know him is to like him!"

    I have a much better understanding of O'Reily now and the decades of his book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Two Rivers, WI, USA 02-12-10
    William Two Rivers, WI, USA 02-12-10
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    "A Chore to Get Through It"

    I've watched the O'Reilly Factor with passing interest in the host, who occasionally seems to be as tough on the right wing as on the left. So, I thought I'd give this book a try. All I can say is that was the most narcissistic piece of garbage I've ever heard (read). He obviously has a great opinion of himself-- too bad I can't share the same opinion about his autobiography. I really was expecting to find this book interesting-- I was greatly disappointed. Even if you're a die-hard conservative, trust me, don't waste your time on this one. Get Going Rogue instead.

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    Stephane Laval, QC, Canada 06-22-09
    Stephane Laval, QC, Canada 06-22-09 Member Since 2009
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    "I beleive in his honesty"

    I am what Bill O'Reilly would call a liberal. Thre is many things I don't agree with him, specially his recent treatment of the slain dr. Tiller. But I gave him a try knowing the intent behind this book was to explain how he forge his believe systems from experiences from his youth. I believe he was the most honest he could be, and even if I will continue to disagree with him on a lots of ways he approach things, I must say this book reinforce the respect I have for him. He stands for what he believes. I would never expect that between the lines you can understand he was such a womanizer. He his an experience narrator and his way of reading his really greats. In fact he doesn't read, he tells the story. That is much nicer. If you have a monthly credit to spent, I would not hesitate to recommend it. maybe you will not like his attitude all the way all the time, but you will surly have a new respect for the honesty of the man.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charla Fort Lupton, CO, USA 01-17-09
    Charla Fort Lupton, CO, USA 01-17-09
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    "Entertaining!"

    This is primarily recollections, only lightly touching on controversial issues of today. It is light and fun and very entertainingly read by the author. Worth your time and money if you enjoy the "bold fresh" gentleman.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Charlotte, NC, USA 12-11-08
    Leslie Charlotte, NC, USA 12-11-08
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    "A Rollicking Good Listen !"

    O'Reilly on O'Reilly...can't imagine this audiobook being read by anyone but the "no-spin" guy. An incredibly humorous inside look at how Bill O'Reilly's childhood helped to form his opinions and values. He is definitely one of us and I am glad that he is "looking out for me"!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert San Antonio, TX, USA 12-02-08
    Robert San Antonio, TX, USA 12-02-08
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    "Fascinating listen"

    I listened to this entire book on a roadtrip from San Antonio to Maryland, and I must say that Bill O'Reilly has earned one more fan. From growing up on Long Island, to studying abroad in Europe, to working on the Factor, O'Reilly has had an incredible life. Do yourself a favor, and listen to this book...then make your kids listen to it when they become teenagers.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Coleen Renton, WA, USA 11-18-08
    Coleen Renton, WA, USA 11-18-08
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    "AWESOME"

    This book is one of his best and very interesting!

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    Jane GIDDINGS, TX, United States 02-10-13
    Jane GIDDINGS, TX, United States 02-10-13

    Married with 4 children. Love listening to the books. I have a variety of interests in titles.

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    "REALLY GOOD BOOK!"

    I love this book! Bill O'Reilly has what it takes to do what he does. He is also a wonderful narriator. So many funny stories about his life and wonderful that he has the ability to laugh at himself. I would recommend this book to almost anyone. I appreciate Mr. O'Reilly's "truth no matter what" attitude. It's just so refreshing to know you can trust at least one journalist.

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    Today Matters Missouri 07-12-12
    Today Matters Missouri 07-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "An American Boy"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. Easy to listen to, great voice. I especially liked the parts about the old neighborhood, but it's all good. If only more people would read or listen to this.

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    Paul NEWVILLE, PA, United States 05-16-12
    Paul NEWVILLE, PA, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2011

    NASCAR. Brutus. Good Beer. Books.

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    "Good, but not Great"

    If you are a fan of O'Reilly, maybe this one would be worth your time. There are some good tidbits thrown in there, but it is mostly about his childhood and "why he is the way he is." Ehhhh.... Okay.

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