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The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life

Updated on October 10, 2012
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Bill O'Reilly during an interview.
Bill O'Reilly during an interview. | Source

Book Review

The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life is a non-fiction book published in 2000 by Broadway Books, a division of Random House, Inc. Much of this book's content rings as true today as it were in 2000. Very little is out-dated material in this well written work.

The author Bill O'Reilly, a well-known journalist and host of Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, chose his subjects well. They are insightfully presented per chapter. He includes valid points about what is good, bad and ridiculous within the parameters that comprise an American life and lifestyle. He shares his personal experiences as an American of the 1950's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's that comprise his background and adulthood. These personal memoir pieces shared are pertinent to each chapter's topic. They give the reader an impression of becoming acquainted with and where Bill O'Reilly stands as a modern Independent Thinker.

Mr. Bill O'Reilly's book positively surprised me. I am an avid avoid any type of talk show television viewer who had never seen The O'Reilly Factor before reading The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life. Mr. O'Reilly's words brimmed with integrity and sincerity. He mentioned his view about his televised news program and what he hoped to be presenting to his audience, real facts based on truth. This might seem redundant, but in the news world this means that which is true, un-skewed and un-slanted - solid facts without theory; my kind of facts.

This book's covered material piqued my curiosity enough to watch his televised program The O'Reilly Factor. This news-talk show-program was unique and filled with the promised real facts based on truth as well as a word for the day as a polite method to increase a viewer's vocabulary. I liked it. Mr. O'Reilly displayed good manners by allowing those interviewed to speak in complete paragraphs before interrupting at a polite conversational moment. Today, I watch The O'Reilly Factor regularly.

The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life redeemed my faith in the journalistic world. There are honest journalists working diligently who want to share facts truthfully with the public. Mr. O'Reilly claims to be one of these. The presentation of the truth in his book corroborates his claim. He is correct. The facts given in his book are accurate. Readers do notice the truth. It does stand out.

There are many excellent facts and humorous anecdotes, Bill O'Reilly shares. I will not give any spoilers. The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life is excellent reading material for eighteen and above. It is well written in a straightforward no nonsense non-condescending tone. The read is at a moderate pace. I paused periodically from laughing because this author has a great sense of humor. His jokes are expertly subtle and funny.

It was an honor to meet a journalist, through his written words, that is an independent American thinker. This reader, who is a Science Fiction author, appreciates Mr. O'Reilly treating his readers with respect and as the intelligent people they truly are. The consideration of one's time he displays toward others in the final and best chapter was much appreciated. That truly meant something.

I highly recommend reading The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life. Definitely immediately place this non-fiction book on your "must-read" list. It is well worth the time spent reading this high quality work. Enjoy!

5 stars for The O'Reilly Factor: TG,TB & TCR in American Life


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    • Nastasia profile image


      8 years ago

      Hi aliciaharrell,

      My husband would probably enjoy Bill O'Reilly's book as he watches him all the time. Thanks for the review. Good information. Check out my latest hubs when you get a chance.

    • Joni Douglas profile image

      Joni Douglas 

      8 years ago

      I have read many of his books, but I missed this one. Great reveiw. Thanks, I will have to check it out.


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