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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,672 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill O’Reilly Narrator: Bill O’Reilly Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780739369470
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The year was 1957, the month September, and I had just turned eight years old. Dwight Eisenhower was President, but in my life it was the diminutive, intense Sister Mary Lurana who ruled, at least in the third-grade class where I was held captive. For reasons you will soon understand, my parents had remanded me to the penal institution of St. Brigid’s School in Westbury, New York, a cruel and unusual punishment if there ever was one.

Already, I had barely survived my first two years at St. Brigid’s because I was, well, a little nitwit. Not satisfied with memorizing the Baltimore Catechism’s fine prose, which featured passages like “God made me to show his goodness and to make me happy with him in heaven,” I was constantly annoying my classmates and, of course, the no-nonsense Sister Lurana. With sixty overactive students in her class, she was understandably short on patience. For survival, she had also become quick on the draw.

Then it happened. One day I blurted out some dumb remark, and Sister Lurana was on me like a panther. Her black habit blocked out all distractions as she leaned down, looked me in the eye, and uttered words I have never forgotten: “William, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity.”

And she was dead-on.

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 bestselling author. Readers 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 2/15/2014

    " Mr. O'Reilly endeavors to explain his world view based on his experiences growing up in a blue collar community on Long Island and his early professional career. He accomplishes this nicely, with plenty of amusing anecdotes from his childhood and early adulthood. While the writing is not great the self-deprecating and conversational tone make it a quick, enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ocean38 | 2/11/2014

    " Brought back a lot of memories from my childhood! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 2/9/2014

    " About half way through I decided I just don't care that much about Bill O'Reilly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed this personal yet not-too-personal style of writing. He shows how his childhood and young adult experiences shaped his views on a variety of topics. While I do not always agree with him, I do have respect for him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/4/2014

    " A life of a Baby Boomer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob M | 2/2/2014

    " A good insight into the factors that shaped the mind of Cable TV's most popular news commentator. It's written in a humorous, refreshing, easy to read style which seems contrary, in many ways, to his "pushy" TV persona. Say or think what you will about Bill O'Rielly. Whether you love him or hate him, he is indeed an intriguing man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francie | 1/29/2014

    " This was a great book. I like O'Reilly's style and enjoyed learning how his values and principles have been shaped. I admire someone who can state their position and then strive to live by it like he has. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorie | 1/16/2014

    " Love him or hate it this is a funny, funny book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Nolet | 1/13/2014

    " I read a chapter here and there for fun. I totally get the Catholic school stories-been there! His mother is a saint and he was a terror, but it's funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/5/2013

    " Enjoyable, funny! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie | 11/30/2013

    " Wow. Just . . . wow. That was the most fantastic, and the most REAL book I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Sweet | 11/23/2013

    " Lots of fun; he's just as he appears on his TV show. A man who walks the walk; no matter what your beliefs or politics, you can respect this man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline115 | 11/20/2013

    " Never was a fan of Bill until this book....very honest and bluntly written..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rex Crippen | 11/17/2013

    " An interesting background piece on the Fox News broadcaster "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Bluefield | 8/29/2013

    " If you like Bill you will enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 6/4/2013

    " I loved this book. I love Bill O'Reilly and wish he was my older brother! Having come from a Catholic family on Long Island such as he, I could relate with so many of his stories. A great, easy read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 2/13/2013

    " I already like O'Reilly, and this book just confirms it. It was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina | 8/13/2012

    " Not a huge Bill O Reilly fan but was an interesting account of his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Fitt | 8/8/2012

    " This was a fun read. Nothing about politics - all about growing up in NJ, the pranks they played on their neighbors, attending Catholic school, and his life long group of friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 5/22/2012

    " Highly enjoyable reading. I like watching the O'Reilly factor on FOX news. I don't always agree with Bill, but I respect his opinions, and he's just entertaining. Reading his book just made me like him more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emma Van Every | 1/18/2012

    " yeah I just couldn't get into this. Didn't like the way it read and Bill is pretty full of himself. I thumbed through it and there were some amusing stories but not enough to make me want to read it cover to cover....Sorry Ashley. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 11/2/2011

    " I like Bill O'Reilly, but this was just okay for me. It is interestig to get a background of how he developed his opinions. He is arrogent, but we all know that going into the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryann | 9/26/2011

    " Easy reading, entertaining and amusing. O'Reilly is impressed with himself and wrote a book explaining why you should be too! Just kidding. I enjoyed the childhood stories and his down to earth style. He shares much of the common sense advice that seems to be lacking from society today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caittyloohoo | 6/29/2011

    " hands down one of the best books i've ever read.
    if you went through catholic schools as a child then you would probably love it more so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dameon | 6/11/2011

    " This was a good book. It let's you know more about O'Reilly and about what made him who he is today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Professor Digory | 5/22/2011

    " The book was alright, with several funny parts but it was NOT as good as it was hyped up to be. I would add I am a huge O'Reilly fan so I'm not grinding any axes, just stating fact as Mr. O so fondly likes to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 4/18/2011

    " Like he said in the beginning in the book, it did improve my life. It pushed me to strive in school and in everything I do. Loved the humorous stories and gave a personal side to the infamous Bill O'Reilly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ares | 4/17/2011

    " This proven to be an excellent insight to Bill's current behavior.....but as his old professor did, A for his work, a minus for his personality..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 4/13/2011

    " Very good book! Bill O'Reilly is a few years older than me but his story brought back a lot of wonderful memories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 4/7/2011

    "
    A wonderful book about Bill's upbringing and what formed his values. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 3/25/2011

    " Very entertaining memoir by Bill O'Reilly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 3/19/2011

    " He makes me laugh. I enjoyed hearing some of his advice for young people. Work and do your best and good things will happen. So true "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 3/3/2011

    " This book is everything the title claims to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R | 2/19/2011

    " Loved the stories interwoven into the political evaluations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 2/9/2011

    " This man is my soul mate! "

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About the Author
Author Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly has presided over FOX News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor—the highest-rated news program on cable—for more than thirteen years and has won three Emmy Awards. Prior to that, he served as a national correspondent for ABC News and as an anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition. He is the author of numerous megabestsellers, including A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, a deeply personal memoir that has sold more than one million copies.