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Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama | [Bill O'Reilly]

Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama

In his latest spirited book, O'Reilly prompts further debate with the president and the American people on the current state of the union. While the changes that took place in America during President Obama's first 18 months in office are dizzying to just think about, their real-life impact on the average American is a helluva lot stronger than that. Tempers have reached the boiling point over the shifts in healthcare, immigration, national security, energy, and the environment.
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Publisher's Summary

When Bill O'Reilly interviewed then-Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential elections, the two had a lively debate about the nation's future.

Since that time, America has changed rapidly - some would even say seismically - and many believe these shifts are doing more than just rocking the political and social climate; they're rocking the American core.

In his latest spirited book, O'Reilly prompts further debate with the president and the American people on the current state of the union. While the changes that took place in America during President Obama's first 18 months in office are dizzying to just think about, their real-life impact on the average American is a helluva lot stronger than that. Tempers have reached the boiling point over the shifts in health care, immigration, national security, energy, and the environment. And then there's the economy.

O'Reilly sorts it all out with his trademark mix of humor and bluster in his most impassioned book to date. This is just the book to guide you through the most important issues of the midterm elections and beyond.

©2010 Bill O'Reilly (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Amazon Customer 10-13-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Have you seen the show?"

    If you watch the show somewhat faithfully then you have already heard about 3/4 of this book. If you like O'Reilly then you will love this book and you probably aren't concerned about my review. If you like Bill O'Reilly and haven't a chance to watch the show, you'll love the book. It's really very much about Bill O'Reilly and his approach to political ethics commentary, how it applies, and a bit about how his method was developed.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Derry, NH, United States 06-01-11
    Susan Derry, NH, United States 06-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Just OK"

    I am a huge O'Reilly fan, and watch him almost every night. I read Bold Fresh and enjoyed it. This book seemed a bit rambling and didn't really say anything I haven't already heard on his show. I am glad I checked it out for myself. I hope the next one is more original.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Stafford, Virginia, United States 08-05-11
    Thomas Stafford, Virginia, United States 08-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Like the Factor - his opinions"

    O'reilly hits the main points but offers the same overbearing approach he uses in his television program. He is always right and never admits an error. Nevertheless, I agreed with his opinions - otherwise I could not watch the factor or read his books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rod McCammon, ID, United States 12-28-10
    Rod McCammon, ID, United States 12-28-10

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    "Same Old Same Old!"

    Staying strictly within the left right paradigm and NEVER wandering outside that tightly defined box Bill drones on for 5 hours and 40 minutes about surface politics always careful to pay homage to his benefactors-those who write his paycheck- and NEVER dealing with behind the scenes controllers except to deride anyone who believes in such things as "Nuts" and "Kooks" and other defamatory slanders! This book is shallow, self serving and delivered in BillBo's predictable arrogant style! I took Audible.com up on their free two week offer in order not to give O'reilly ANY money for this book! Even though there are a few funny comments on this it is NOT worth the money in my opinion! I am NOT a liberal, I'm a Constitutionalist, a fiscal conservative more of a social Libertarian with the exception of NOT supporting the murder of pre-birth children. Before I listened to this book I always said that O'reilly was the guy "I loved to hate"! I've become convinced that O'reilly is but a shill for the powers that be! Now I simply hate him!

    12 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    William TUCSON, AZ, United States 11-29-11
    William TUCSON, AZ, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2010

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    "O'Reilly as usual"

    This is a good read and fun. I did not get any great revelations or super new knowledge from this, but the book was a quick read and held my interest.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Stoneham, MA, United States 11-10-11
    Jim Stoneham, MA, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Bill O'Reilly strikes again!"

    Bill O’Reilly’s book is okay. He deals fairly with most of the political celebrities and even has a couple of favorable comments for President Obama. He points out the negative things about Democrats and liberals, and the positive things about Republicans and conservatives. These are mostly true although it is obvious that he is leaving out many things he could say to the opposite.
    The first 3 hours is mostly Bill ranting. I really got tired of all the yelling. Why can’t he just speak? The last half he calms down a bit. He hails President Reagan’s economic plan, but fails to mention that it tripled the Federal debt and ushered in the deepest recession since the great depression. This is a feat that was exceeded only by President Bush, who tripled the Reagan debt and ushered in the deepest recession since the great depression.
    Most of his criticism about President Obama focuses on his lack of anger. For example, Bill criticizes Mr. Obama for insisting that the oil drillers cap the BP oil leak. Well, who else has the expertise? I suppose he thinks the President should have donned a rubber suit and cap it himself. When the underwear bomber was arrested in Detroit, he was sent to jail. There he eventually spoke with a lawyer. Bill calls this an “atrocity.” I suppose due process is only for criminals we like. Maybe he thinks we should have hauled this African out and lynched him.
    Mr. O’Reilly often states that he is not a Republican. He sure sounds like one. I am one of the moderate majority and have no allegiance to either extreme. I gave this book 3 stars for entertainment value. I might have given it 4 stars if a better narrator read it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer GRIFFIN, GA, United States 12-08-12
    Jennifer GRIFFIN, GA, United States 12-08-12
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    "Entering the No-Spin Zon"
    What made the experience of listening to Pinheads and Patriots the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoy when an author narrates their own book. Only the author can convey their thoughts and ideas 100% accurately through their voice. O'Reilly conveys passion, sarcasm, sympathy and seriousness in all the right ways that are easy to understand while riding or listening.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not necessarily. Too much politics in one sitting is exhausting.


    Any additional comments?

    Bill O'Reilly honestly surprised me. I had not been an avid watcher of his show, but through this book I realized how fair Bill really tries to be. He genuinely likes the president and like a true gentleman, respectfully disagrees with the president's points, but not all his points. Bill takes you through Pinheads and Patriots and helps us all to realize that we're all pinheads at one point or another. It's not a permanent label.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David DENVER, CO, United States 05-20-12
    David DENVER, CO, United States 05-20-12

    Chargin' hard cuz there too much diem to carpe!

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    "Thought provoking"
    Would you listen to Pinheads and Patriots again? Why?

    No, while interesting the analysis of our sitting President was without depth and lacked the journalistic probing I expect from Mr. O'Reilly.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    In-depth analysis!


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His style and wit.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert WILLINGBORO, NJ, United States 03-26-12
    Robert WILLINGBORO, NJ, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "O'Reilly Good or Bad; truthful and logical."
    What made the experience of listening to Pinheads and Patriots the most enjoyable?

    People can be both Pinheads and Patriots like most of us


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pinheads and Patriots?

    The idea the President Obama is a patriot as far as wants a better source of energy than oil.

    Oil is the best source of energy we have available to us now but not taking advantage of the resources we a in this country makes he a major Pinhead.


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Reilly is admitted he is egotistic and it shows but in his defense he is right about many things I would not have even thought of unless I read (in my case heard) this book.


    If you could give Pinheads and Patriots a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Pay attention: You may not know if you are a Patriot or Pinhead.


    Any additional comments?

    Good Book, I will get the other one now

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    Michael PUYALLUP, WA, United States 03-23-12
    Michael PUYALLUP, WA, United States 03-23-12
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    "Nobody's Perfect - You Decide"
    If you could sum up Pinheads and Patriots in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking, clear, pointed


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The nuances of language and the subtleties of intonation and inferred meanings


    If you could give Pinheads and Patriots a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Nobody's Perfect - You Decide


    Any additional comments?

    O'Reilly leaves little doubt about how he feels. I can't say I always agree with him, but I also know where he stands on the issues.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    6/30/11
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    "I think I'll listen again..."

    Sometimes I have to roll my eyes (even driving alone) with how conceded he is but the man tells a good story, has the gumption to tell it like he sees it, and doesn't back down. I like that he believes in America, believes America is an exceptional country that provides the rest of the world with the hope of freedom. In this book, he reasons through a 2008 interview with President Obama as well as campaign promises to illustrate where he went wrong and also what he did right. He talks about a number of other influential people, their impacts on our country, and his take on whether those impacts have been positive or negative. He throws in a lot of humor, interesting anecdotes, and logical insights.

    Hey, I like Bill, I like what he does, I like his reason, I find him interesting and informative; I've read all of his books except "Culture Warriors." I like that he reads it himself and think it is a quick listen - highly recommend it!

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