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Keep It Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  906 ratings  ·  117 reviews
From the bestselling author of Killing Lincoln and host of Fox News' top show The 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
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Crown Archetype (first published May 7th 2012)
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Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, dnf
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
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
O'Reilly did keep it short. Honest, no red tape straight forward analysis fleshed out by his keen sense of humor.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics
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
Thyme Wisper
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I bought this book because his Killing Lincoln book is one of my very favorite books. Although this book was good, I didn't feel I learned anything new from it. On another note: he's a good reporter and I'm glad he shares his viewpoints. Fast, easy read - took me less than a few hours to read cover to cover with a break in between.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audiobook. If you
Like O'Reilly, you'll like this book. Mostly previous material updated or still relevant.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Keep It Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World by Bill O’Reilly

“Keep It Pithy" is an interesting look at a Bill O’Reilly’s political philosophy. It’s a journey in which O’Reilly looks back at his original thoughts and takes an updated look at them. Best-selling author and conservative talk-show host icon Bill O’Reilly shares his views over the years in a rapid straightforward manner. What does this Secular Progressive (S-P) reviewer have to say about this book? Find out.

This direct 162-pag
Gable Roth
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-non-fiction
I am not an O'Reilly fan but I got this book as a prize and figured that since I owned it, and since it was short, then I might as well read it. It was OK. He has some interesting ideas. I agree with some of them and am terrified by others. It scares me that so many people follow him, or people like him, so religiously. One thing he says in this book is to think for yourself. I think that is very true. Don't believe everything someone tells you. Form your own opinions and don't be afraid to disa ...more
Michael Vincent
OK, but not enough facts - more about his philosophy which is generally libertarian conservative. How has he come up with his opinions? Very weak when he talks about "marriage" and how God will work it out in the end. God has already revealed to us about His definition of marriage and feeling about homosexuality in the Bible. (pp. 99-100; not just Leviticus)
Feb 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
One of the shortest and worst O'Reilly books. O'Reilly does warn the readers before the book starts so I was not expecting much. However, this is still a desperate attempt to sell more books. O'Reilly throws together a random collection of soundbytes and ruminates on these ideas. It was a brief read but difficult to recommend to others.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bill O'Reilly is such a good author, but he is also a good orator. This book brought both together. He has always been an easy read for me. I have enjoyed the research he does for any book.
"Keep It Pithy" was humorous and thought provoking. I could almost hear him saying each section on the show.
Christopher Jamison
The audio version is awkward due to multiple narrators and jarring cuts between them.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
While I seldom agreed with his assertions, I found the book to be an interesting look into his worldview and that of those with a similar mindset.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really like his "Killing" series but this was just OK.
Robert Federline
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Vincent O'Neil
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Earlier this week, the state of Utah (U.S.) brought back the firing squad. It is an option in case lethal injection drugs are "not available." See "Herbert signs law making Utah only state with firing squad," and "How Utah's firing squad will work."

It is highly unlikely I will still be alive the next time Utah uses capital punishment, but what do I think about the subject? This article is not about me, so for now, ju
James Forrest
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 13, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2017-new
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Keep it Pithy" by Bill O'Reilly discusses the topics discussed on a daily basis on the O'Reilly Factor. He begins the book by discussing the growing agenda of the Progressive movement and the Obama agenda. Also, O'Reilly explains the the danger of America going the way of other European Socialist countries. He describes countries, such as France and Greece, that have individuals beholden to government programs. Going forward, O'Reilly describes that vast difference between the older generation ...more
David Strong
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Han Lee
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The author of "Keep It Pithy", one of the most poignant voices in national media today gives many strong points about the values that made America the strongest nation on earth. The whole book is in the service of defending such values.
Some of the author's predictions on domestic and world matters came to pass proving his foresight and sharp foretelling wisdom. His direct, often blunt punches may induce counteraction by people of different political or religious persuasion. On every argument he
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
"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
Will Robinson Jr.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
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Stupid book full of nonsense by an idiot. 4 4 Aug 14, 2017 10:30AM  
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Bill O'Reilly's success in broadcasting and publishing is unmatched. The iconic anchor of The O'Reilly Factor led the program to the status of the highest rated cable news broadcast in the nation for sixteen consecutive years. His website is followed by millions all over the world.

In addition, he has authored an astonishing 12 number one ranked non-fiction books including the histo
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