Keep It Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World
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Keep It Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World

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From the bestselling author ofKilling Lincolnand host of Fox News' top showThe O'Reilly Factor, the best of Bill O’Reilly’s provocative writing—reflecting his ideas, wisdom, and core values

Bill O’Reilly is one of the most recognized and talked-about journalists of our time. With an unparalleled track record as an author and with the #1-rated Fox News show, The O’Reilly Fac...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Crown Archetype (first published May 7th 2012)
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John
O'Reilly has phoned in several of his books, but this is ridiculous! KEEP IT PITHY is nothing more than a slapdash compilation of selections from O'Reilly's earlier writings, supposedly representing "the pith" of O'Reilly's famously aggressive stances on various topics. Problem #1: These are O'Reilly's better-known arguments, so don't expect anything you haven't already heard before, unless you live under a rock. Problem #2: In giving us just the pith, all the factual support and reasoning behin...more
Lynda
I don't understand how Bill O'Reilly's books have become bestsellers. The only two reasons I can come up with is that he's a fan of conservatives and they are written in simple, sentence structure with an absolutist tone that appeals to many conservatives. He denies the conservative label, preferring to label himself as a libertarian, but his views on many issues belie this. I had hopes for this book because the previous two books of his which I had read: "Killing Kennedy" and "Killing Lincoln"...more
Paige
I listened to Keep It Pithy on audiobook on a trip. This is the first O'Reilly book I have read, and I was really impressed with it. It is written in easy-to-understand, everyday language. Bill O'Reilly's dry humor is hilarious, if you know how to appreciate it. As far as his opinions, I agreed with him most of the time, but not always. This book gave some good advice for a young, college student like me. It has good advice for parents on how to teach their children with love and discpline, as w...more
John Musacha
I saw this book sitting around a friend's house so I asked if I could read it. This work is a compilation of brief "pithy" observations, predictions, and short interviews that O'Reilly has done over the last twenty years. The author in his introduction even stated (and I'm paraphrasing): "You're probably not going to learn anything new here, this is all old stuff most of my fans already have heard, but if you want to read the book I won't stop you."

The book is only 130 pages long and has plenty...more
Rich
I usually really enjoy Bill's books. However, this one irked me a bit. It is really just a commentary on his past writings, most of which I have already read. It felt as though he felt pressured to come up with another book quickly, and simply went through the motions of commenting on some of his previous work. I gave it three stars simply because the original material was good, but there simply was not enough new material to be rated any higher.
Thyme Wisper
I never thought I would be reading a book from Bill O'Reilly, nor writing a favorable review. I never liked the glimpses I saw of him (always accidentally) on television. He seemed too loud and obnoxious. And then I saw him being interviewed on CBS This Morning as a promotion for this book and found that I liked what he said. He was not loud and thoughtfully responded to questions. And his answers made sense. So I decided to get the book.

What a delightful read! I didn't agree with some of his op...more
Naomi
2.5/5 Stars

Just short, pithy! collections of O'Reilly's opinions on certain items. I am scratching my head at the purpose of this book since if you watch his show or have read ANY of his other books, they are in those.
Susan
I like watching Bill O'Reilly on TV. My favorite part of his show is probably his opening Talking Points Memo, where he gives a practical, no-nonsense take on a current event that I usually agree with.

This book is short -- small in size and 140 pages with plenty of white space -- and consists mainly of dialogue that looks like it is pulled directly from Talking Points from his show. I don't know; I admire O'Reilly because he does give huge amounts of money from his books to charities, and as I...more
Sara
O'Reilly did keep it short. Honest, no red tape straight forward analysis fleshed out by his keen sense of humor.
Jim Serger
I think it is fun and exciting to hear someone speak on topics that we as a society deem taboo.
So of course leave it up to Bill to touch on them, I don't agree with all he says; however he does bring up points that ALL have a private voice on, but in public no way.
This book is quick, and touches on an array of top topics we as Americans are facing.
Excellent food for thought, one mans opinion therefore it is not set in stone--but we do need more people to speak on these topics, instead of sweepi...more
James Forrest
The theme of this book is about Bill O'Reily telling people that it is not always benificial to give to much information to other people. It is always good to tell the truth but not give too much information. The setting of this book is not given although I would have to guess that he wrote it in New York City, because he lives there. The protagonist is the writer Bill O'Reiley, because this book is not fictional there is not many characters. There is mostly just quotes brought from other people...more
Robert Federline
I have never actually listened to Bill O'Reilly. His only book I read thus far was Killing Lincoln, which was interesting, although I was surprised to note that he seemed to require a co-author.

Based just on his reputation, I expected some political extremism. That is not what I found. This book is a collection, or better yet, a revisitation, of much of his past socio-political thoughts, with limited analysis of how right he was.

In fairness, however, to Mr. O'Reilly, he also included some items...more
David Strong
Although I am a big Bill O'Reilly fan, I was disappointed with "Pithy". If you watch "The Factor" there is little new information in this book, or few surprises regarding the author's view on the issues of the day. Listening to the audiobook, rather than actually reading it, may have contributed to my disappointment. In the audio version, O'Reilly reads (or audio clips are used) to express opinions/commentary made by O'Reilly several years ago on the various topics presented. Another narrator th...more
Mary
I listened to this book via the audio version and unlike previous Bill O'Reilly books; this one was not read by the author. No offense to the narrator but I bought the book thinking that the Mr. O'Reilly would be reading the book as all of his previous books. That took away somewhat from my overall enjoyment of the book. Also when they referenced sequences from the Factor; having the narrator read the sequence as if he were a court reporter reading back the play by play of a Bill O'Reilly interv...more
John
Aug 08, 2013 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
A very brief and interesting collection of many of O'Reilly's columns and book selections from over the years in addition to small updates and additional comments. The topics range from the subjects of Culture Warrior, race relations, religious freedom, the War on Terror, entitlements, the entertainment industry, items of American life in general, and two issues where he has changed his opinion: the Iraq War and same- sex marriage. Keep it Pithy has certainly assisted my own personal growth rega...more
Conor
I read this to get a clear picture of oreillys opinions, and while I may disagree with many of them this book expressed them very clearly. It was completely transparent what Bills opinions are. this was a very refreshing presentation of political ideas.
Daniel
With seemingly great desire to be a soothsayer O'Reilly actually comes across more like Leo Sayer.

Mind, who am I to say anything? I have willingly given myself the nickname 'Nostradonahue.'
John
"Keep It Pithy," which is easily the least effective O'Reilly book I've read so far, is basically the literary equivalent of one of those episodes of a well-established television show where a large number of clips from older episodes are strung together with a few minutes of new footage. The book almost seems like something that was assembled just to fulfill a contract. Much of what O'Reilly says here is indeed useful, but he has said it before, often in earlier books. In fact, I am at a loss a...more
Christina Teilmann
What a windbag. This only confirmed what was already my opinion of Bill O'Reilly; that he's a foghorn enamoured with the sound of his own voice. Shut up already.
Brian
A good "best of my books" compilation. Not much value-add, but fun to re-read nonetheless.

I have a hard time picturing this book as anything other than a cash-in opportunity, though. I know O'Reilly went through a divorce in the recent past, and I have serious doubts that anyone was clamoring for a "best of my old books" book. I think it's more likely that Bill saw a legitimate opportunity to soften the blow from his (likely) expensive divorce, and took it. There is a little new stuff in here,...more
Ray
"Keep it Pithy" is typical O'Reilly, with thoughts and comments on politics, parenting, the evils of secularism and the benefits of religion, etc. Not too many surprises here, but knowing he leans toward the Conservative side, readers shouldn't be surprised if he's critical of people on the left.
The book has many good points, and is a very quick read. If you're an O'Reilly supporter, you'll probably enjoy it, and if you're not in the O'Reilly camp and picked this up by mistake, it's still OK. I...more
Nancy W.
As an audio book this was short and sweet. Very to the point.
Jamie Bird
Great Book! I enjoyed it. A book everyone should read.
Will Robinson Jr.
Bill O'Reilly is probably one of the most recognizable commentators and journalists. In this book bill jumps through a few topics which include religion, celebrity, christmas, and politics. He uses a collection of his famous interviews and showdowns with his news shows guests to give advice on the many tough things we face in life. His advice is very uplifting and at times insightful. He has a traditionalist view of the world but leaves it to the folks to make their own decisions about politics,...more
Ben Valentine
Book is pithy and quick. If you are interested in hearing common sense insights from a media veteran in a short amount of time - read this book.
Kyle
Sure Bill O'Reilly can come off of as a pompous man. But at the same time I happen to like to hear with what he has to say. In my opinion he does a good job of bringing both sides of the issue, and will make sure to attack flaws on both sides, and will even hold people accountable. I may not always agree with some of his viewpoints, but I can't argue that the fact, that he is consistent on his viewpoints. He is upfront and honest with his convictions.

I do highly recommend this book

Jay
I like this book. Yes it was a highlight reel of Bill’s other work, but I like it because it has perspective. He examines his previous ratings and updates them for situations that are current now. Its funny for the most part, he was right on.
Melanie
A quick read, and pretty choppily constructed.

A highlight reel of specious, unsupported arguments from a bunch of his books that were written prior to 2013. Bill is also way more authoritarian than I am, and more traditional. Frankly, I expected more from him. At least this saves me from reading the ten or so other books of his that this one drew from.
Slim Khezri
Even if you don't watch The Factor you should like this book. I don't agree with everything he has to say but I do agree about 85% of the time. This book has insights on everything that is happening today. He has a way of telling things that really connects with me. I have read every book he has written and this one is right up there with Pinheads and Patriots. Good Book, I enjoyed it!!!!
Janette
Quick read. Bill O'Reilly shares his thoughts on everything from how to clean up the ghetto, abortion, Christmas, and what he thinks of various political leaders.
This book was educating and thought provoking. I like that Mr. O'Reilly is willing to admit his Christian values and stand up for them.
Liked this book, didn't love it but it was a good read for sure.
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Bill O'Reilly is an American television/radio host, author, syndicated columnist, and political commentator. He is the host of the cable news program The O'Reilly Factor. Prior to hosting The O'Reilly Factor, he served as anchor of the entertainment program, Inside Edition.

O'Reilly also hosts The Radio Factor, a radio program syndicated by Westwood One, and he has written seven books.

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