A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir

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Crown, May 4, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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.

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.
 

Contents

Reading This Book Will Dramatically Improve Your Life
1
POLITICS
7
SELFRELIANCE
27
FEAR
45
EVIL
59
RELIGION
69
SAVING THE WORLD
89
STANDING YOUR GROUND
105
HEROES AND ZEROS
143
MEN OF ADVENTURE
155
SLUGGING IT OUT
175
POWER
185
MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE
215
AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
229
END OF STORY
241
Postscript
255

STANDING FOR SOMETHING
117
CONSERVATIVES VERSUS LIBERALS
129

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About the author (2010)

BILL O’REILLY, a three-time Emmy Award winner for excellence in reporting, served as national correspondent for ABC News and as anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition before becoming executive producer and anchor of Fox News’s breakout hit The O’Reilly Factor. He is the recipient of a Governor's Award from the Boston/New England chapter of the prestigious National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the author of the mega-bestsellers The O’Reilly Factor, The No Spin Zone, Who’s Looking Out for You?, and Culture Warrior, as well as Kids Are Americans Too, The O’Reilly Factor for Kids, and the novel Those Who Trespass. He holds master’s degrees from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Boston University.

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