Who's Looking Out for You Author:Bill O'Reilly From the mega-bestselling author of The O'Reilly Factor and The No Spin Zone, a no-holds-barred exposé of the people and institutions who are letting Americans down – and what we should do about it. — — Bill O’Reilly is mad as hell – and he’s not going to let you take it anymore. In his most powe... more »rful and personal book yet, this media powerhouse and unstoppable truth-teller takes on those individuals and institutions in American life who are failing in their duties – big-time. In his inimitable style, mixing wit, pugnacity, and plain common sense, O’Reilly kicks butt and takes (and also names) names – from crooked corporate weasels to venal politicians to lazy and/or politically correct bureaucrats to sexually predatory priests and the Church hierarchy that protects them to a media establishment rife with political bias and economically hooked on violence and smut. At the same time that he calls the famous and powerful to account, he dares to get personal, questioning just how much our closest friends, families, and lovers do look out for us, and delivering a powerful message about personal responsibility and self-reliance in an uncertain world. He forces us to ask just how much genuine altruism is left in a society that thrives on self-indulgence and ruthless competition.
Who’s Looking Out for You? is a book that boldly confronts our worst fears and biggest problems in a post-9/11, post-corporate-meltdown world. Its sage, candid advice on regaining control and trust in these troubled times will resonate with the millions of readers and viewers who have come to believe in Bill O’Reilly as the man who speaks for them.« less
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I don't care what political background you are, anyone can find this book useful. What O'Reilly does is try and help us out by giving us tips on being successful in life. He points out who will most likely look out for us (ie: most friends and family) and who will not (i.e. the government, celebrities, CEOs). He describes his past, like how he got into his profession. He describes what he did wrong (i.e. being arrogant, trying to do everything for himself) and what he did right (i.e. worked very hard and did the best he could at his job).
Who's Looking Out for You is both a summary of various times O'Reilly has taken on authority (on the left, in the middle, and on the right), including during times when the rest of the mainstream media missed the boat, as well as a book of advice on how not to make some of the same mistakes he has made in his career. It's nothing terribly groundbreaking, in terms of the advice, but it is a nice, concise group of considerations that can help a person quickly inventory their own life and possibly avoid some of the same pitfalls he and many other people make.
Some of the more critical parts of the book include:
-Some brief, but enlightening discussion about education and school vouchers
-How President Clinton, regarded as a champion of minorities, was actually one of the worst post-slavery presidents in that regard
-Discussion on his faith and also his problems with the Catholic Church
-Issues regarding the separation of church and state
O'Reilly does miss the boat when he talks about Pope John Paul II, specifically when talking about the Pope's view of the Iraq War. It was the Pope's viewpoint that the war was unjust. He, however, was not speaking infallibly when he made those statements. Catholics, like O'Reilly and myself, were free to disagree with him on that (and both of us did and still do). It is a matter of conscience, in this case, and a person who opposed the war on its merits before the war began has a respectable position, even if some of us don't agree. (The hind-sighters who first supported it and now oppose it do not have such a respectable position.)
All in all this is an enlightening read and well-worth your time. At a little over 200 pages and in a conversational tone, it is not a huge commitment.