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

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  2,686 Ratings  ·  214 Reviews
Television host, razor sharp political pundit, and #1 bestselling author Bill O’Reilly focuses in on where we all stand in the Age of Obama in Pinheads and Patriots. In this brave, hard-hitting, provocative volume, the author of Culture Warrior and A Bold, Fresh Piece of Humanity guides Americans through the extensive transformations sweeping their country and explains exa ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2010)
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1.5 to 2.0 stars. Let me begin by saying that I like Bill O'Reilly and agree with a number (though not all) of the positions he takes in this book. That said, this book was a BIG disappointment. Despite "preaching to the choir" on those matters on which I agree with his conclusion, I thought Bill's arguments were overly simplistic and did not provide the level of detail necessary to be persuasive. I was reading it going "come on Bill, you are on the right track now dig in a little and provide so ...more
Joseph Bruno
Jan 02, 2011 Joseph Bruno rated it it was amazing

This book is a #1 New York Times Best Seller for a reason.

I've read several of the previous books by Bill O'Reilly including: The No Spin Zone, Who's Looking Out For You, The O'Reilly Factor For Kids (I'm still a kid at heart), Culture Warrior and A Bold Fresh Piece Of Humanity. I even read O'Reilly's only novel -- Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Television and Murder. And I watch the O'Reilly Factor almost every weekday night, either at 8pm, or the repeat showing at 11pm.

So you could say I l
May 13, 2012 Marvin rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this in an afternoon. It's an easy read not only because O'Reilly has a casual style but there is nothing in here that is very heavy. If you watched his TV show you pretty much know every thing here.

Even though I may be risking my hard-earned liberal credentials, I actually like Mr. O'Reilly. Yes he is arrogant. I've been called that more than once myself. He can also be a bully which is my main complaint concerning his TV presence. Yet, while he is in most ways a traditional conservativ
Aug 01, 2011 Dachokie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Milking the Cash Cow Once Too Often ..., October 7, 2010

Love him or hate him, Bill O'Reilly has formulated quite a successful career out of being opinionated. Having a perennially top rated program and a slew of bestsellers, the man commands attention. The "pinheads and patriots" segment on O'Reilly's television program can be amusing, annoying and thought-provoking ... his book, however, falls flat.

The book sounds promising, but it fails to deliver anything new or exciting. The first chapter s
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 24, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
I "like" Bill O'Reilly, on the whole, but I don't always agree with him. Some of you who have read other reviews and comments by me will know that I am of a "somewhat" conservative mind set. :) If you are under the impression the O'Reilly is a (so called) "died in the wool" conservative, then you don't know him. He is abrasive, confrontational, very self assured and does his best to be fair. Personally I believe he's incorrect in some of his beliefs and assumptions, and correct in others.

Joseph McBee
May 19, 2012 Joseph McBee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know a lot of people don't like Bill O'Reilly. I do. Make of that what you will. I think he is fair and balanced and his reports are based on facts rather than conjecture. I appreciate his love for our country and the fact that he is not afraid to call people in positions of power and influence to a certain measure of accountability. He speaks his mind with confidence, and I admire that. I don't always agree with him but I appreciate and respect what he he does and how he goes about doing it.

Carl Alves
Mar 19, 2013 Carl Alves rated it really liked it
I listened to the audiobook version of Patriot or Pinhead, narrated by Bill O'Reilly. Because the author was narrating, it sounded much like his television show. I really enjoyed the concept of the novel, where he analyzed the first eighteen months of the Obama administration as well as looking at contemporary people as well as people throughout history to analyze whether they qualify into the category of patriot or pinhead. What I most enjoyed about the book is the level of research that O'Reil ...more
Jan 23, 2011 Nathan rated it it was ok
Waste of time. How does one man grind out so many books? By avoiding true insight and substance.

O'Reilly is not a bad guy. He clearly has skills as a marketer and self promoter but of what he says and does is packaging. He appropriates the term patriot to mean someone with whom he agrees and a pinhead not. Alliteration is not substance and the perpetual use of the term patriot is grating.

He relishes his luddism and promotes his experience as a traditional journalist.

O'Reilly employs the same wri
Oct 31, 2012 John rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics, interview
I get the distinct impression that O'Reilly wrote this book just to fulfill a publishing contract. The book is 33% Bill giving you his subjective opinions of various people, 33% Bill riffing on whatever random topics pop into his head, and 33% filler. Is Lassie the golden retreiver a Pinhead or a Patriot? Read this book and find out! Also included is a transcript of an interview O'Reilly once conducted with Obama. It might have been interesting IF the editors had fixed all the grammar and remove ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Cactuskid rated it liked it
It you watch his show you already know a lot of this, but his word for word 2 interviews with Obama were interesting. The first one was when he was a candidate and the other was Super Bowl Sunday. Too bad the mainstream media didn't pick up on some of Bill's first questions, our country might be in better shape today as people might have figured out he is not what we needed as a president.
Jan 12, 2011 Teechbiz rated it liked it
Before you think this was an anti-Obama screed, it's not. While O'Reilly defiitely disagrees with some of Obama's policies he does not classify him as a pinhead.

O'Reilly also had some interesting things to say about technology.
Jun 01, 2015 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was not on par with his others. I loved A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity but was relieved when I finished this one.
Nicholas Xifaras Piva
Bill O’Reilly, already an acclaimed best-selling author, yet again writes a book dedicated to Patriots and Pinheads. O’Reilly is all about sticking up for justice and exploiting evildoers. In his perspective, a patriot is somebody who stands up for their country throughout there life. While, a Pinhead is somebody that is terribly misguided and thinks more less altruistically.

Any person can be classified into one of the previous categories, but this book is mostly about giving light to certain ac
May 28, 2013 Dj rated it it was ok
Okay so in general I despise these kinds of books. Some pompous ass on one side or the other of to political aisle telling me what is best for me. O'Reilly lays a great deal of emphasis trying to asert that he is an independent. After reading this I have to say I am almost more likely to believe that the Pope is a Protestant first. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being a Republican, ore a Democrat or whatever political persuasion you choose, but when you hide it in a book like th ...more
Mark Maguire
When I first started to read this book, I actually contemplated putting it down as I didn't think that I could endure a seemingly endless critique of President Obama! Happily, whilst Obama-bashing forms an underlying thread to the majority of Bill O'Reilly's narrative, there are more light-hearted and genuinely entertaining aspects to the book which allowed me to carry-on.

The point of the book it seems, is to try and identify as to whether you are to left or right of Bill O'Reilly's centrist - t
Apr 05, 2011 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed with this book. While I don't always agree with Bill O'Reilly, I usually find him extremely entertaining. My first problem with this book is the subtitle. Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama. He doesn't really have much to say about how all this effects us. This book is basically an extension of short segment at the end of his television show. While it works as a very short television show segment, it doesn't work well as a 242 page book. Mr. O'R ...more
Thomas Edmund
Oct 30, 2010 Thomas Edmund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given the release of a number of anti-Obama books at an unsurprising time in the election cycle, O'Reilly makes a marketing genius move and sells his book as more of an objective, almost magnanimous observation of Obama and his presidency so far.

Of course there is no doubt where O’Reilly’s allegiance lies, despite his tactical attempts to appear moderate and motivated by nothing other than patriotism. The guts of this book is run-down of the latest presidential term, and essentially what O’Reill
Josh Zeringue
Feb 08, 2015 Josh Zeringue rated it it was ok
Shelves: current-events
What the hell was Bill O’Reilly thinking? Does this book have a thesis? Does it have a point or purpose? These thoughts troubled me as I endured the final pages of Pinheads and Patriots.

The subtitle of the book, “Where You Stand in the Age of Obama,” is misleading. After imprudently loaning a few hours of my life to O’Reilly, I feel no closer to understanding Obama. Honestly, the book is so scatterbrained and disorganized that precious little stuck with me. There are a few interesting vignettes
Dear Bill,

Just finished reading “Pinheads and Patriots” it was our book club selection for the month, interesting choice don’t you think? I thought the book was interesting and thought provoking so bravo for that. I have also come to understand why you act the way you do on air, I used to think you were rude, now I understand the goal of your behavior.

I take issue with your choices on who to highlight as pinheads and patriots. Where are the worth while women? Are their no historical women that
Jul 13, 2011 Sandie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-books, political
Saw PINHEADS & PATRIOTS on the shelf at the library and decided to give it a try. This book is not in the CULTURE WARRIOR or BOLD FRESH PIECE OF HUMANITY category. P&P is not nearly as feisty as CULTURE WARRIOR nor as amusing as BOLD FRESH. This book seems to be a bit more temperate and even gives a kindly nod to many of those folks Mr. O'Reilly identifies as Pinheads. For this reader, the book deals with the President Obama issues in an even-handed and fair manner. He gives the Presiden ...more
May 08, 2011 Dennis rated it really liked it

Are you an extreme Lefty, extreme Righty, or perhaps a little on the Left, or a little on the Right.How about the middle of the road,or a moderate,maybe a Liberal? Or perhaps the standard run of the mill Democrat or Republican!(are there such a things) So many cliques, so many factions, one misspeak will change your affliliation.

Have no fear Mr O'Reilly will help you determine who are currently camping out with.

I enjoyed the book. I'm a neophyte when it comes to Politics, but this was easy to un
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. What are these changes? Who, in addition to President Obama, have been the biggest forces behind them? What exactly do they mean ...more
Jeff Richey
Aug 03, 2015 Jeff Richey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Political enthusiasts
Recommended to Jeff by: Bought for me as a gift from Linda Moore
This wasn't my favorite book, but I enjoyed it. The other books I've read by Bill O'Reilly are The No Spin Zone and Killing Lincoln. Killing Lincoln was a very impressive book. Read my review. Pinheads and Patriots was very similar to The No Spin Zone in that this was a book reflecting O'Reilly's viewpoint on the state of things in America. The positive to a book like this is O'Reilly's voice in very conversational making it an easy read. Also, he seems to have a sense of humor about himself, an ...more
Gary Schantz
For starters, the last chapter of the book was so annoying to read because it was O'Reilly's entire interview with Obama...I mean, word for uh, ummm, well, word. I got headache reading that part so several pages into the interview is where I stopped reading it.

However, I did enjoy the book in bits and pieces but the I found the usage of the words PINHEAD and PATRIOT over and over to be so beat-to-death that I began to picture a pushpin or a minuteman whenever the words came up.

Finally, this book
Terry Cornell
Feb 07, 2015 Terry Cornell rated it liked it
I didn't read this book in 2010 when it came out. As a regular viewer of O'Reilly's show, it just seemed repetitive at the time. I rediscovered it while going through some stacks of books last month. Amazing how nothing has changed much on the political scene in five years. ACA is now law, but Americans are still divided on whether healthcare is affordable, or as accessible. Even now, all portions of the law have not been enacted. Terrorism is alive, well, and seemingly increasing its march thro ...more
Dec 10, 2015 George rated it liked it
Shelves: overdrive
I thought Bill's arguments were simplistic, but about right for the average level of understanding on USA politics. He provided sufficient analysis to be credible, but not enough to drone on and on. With a TV show and many books, you have to wonder if he has a personal life? In one chapter, he opined on historic characters--the concepts are well known: Willard Hotel used as President US Grant's watering hole--he was attached by "lobbyists" after tipping a few...e.g. Good chapter. It's well known ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Melinda rated it liked it
I liked that Bill O'Reilly is the reader on the audiobook - it simulates watching The O'Reilly Factor with my eyes closed. He makes some sound arguments, backed with fact, data and explanation. I also liked his chapter where he takes several historical figures as well as more current celebrities and pleads the case of whether each falls into the category of pinhead or patriot. I appreciated his insight into some of our lesser known presidents, like James Buchanan and Warren Harding, but I would ...more
Jul 26, 2013 Brandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't intended on reading or in my case listening to this book, however it was in my car on a trip and I was bored. Now I can say that suprisingly I liked it. I typically am not a super vigilant fan or political analysts, I'm passionate about politics and this country but I have always been the person to reach my own conclusions and opinions. I've never needed to read or watch someone to help me decide on who to vote for. So going in to this I didn't have any opinions about Mr. O'Reilly or hi ...more
Oct 03, 2010 Gina rated it really liked it
Read in two days. P&Ps is very enlightening & amusing. O’Reilly describes the elementary difference between a “Pinhead” and a “Patriot” & he documents people throughout U.S. history that can be labeled pinheads and patriots. I found the section on the U.S. presidents to be fascinating and I’m thankful to O’Reilly for sharing his knowledge and insight.
I appreciated his statement in the section “The Man In The Middle”,
“The individual American appears to be rapidly losing power. Wages
Dec 09, 2011 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge

"Change" -- sometimes change is good; sometimes not so good. But one thing is clear: America is changing rapidly, even seismically -- and these shifts are doing more than just rocking the political and social climate; they’re rocking the American core. What are these changes? Who, in addition to President Obama, have been the biggest forces behind them? What exactly do they mean for you and your family? How are they affecting your money, health, safety, freedom and standing in this nation?

Now, i
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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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