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With three straight #1 bestsellers and more than 4 million copies of his books in print, the most powerful traditional force in the American media now takes off his gloves in the ongoing struggle for America’s heart and soul.
Bill O’Reilly is the very embodiment of the idea of a Culture Warrior—and in this book he lives up to the title brilliantly, with all the brashness and forthrightness at his command. He sees that America is in the midst of a fierce culture war between those who embrace traditional values and those who want to change America into a “secular-progressive” country. This is a conflict that differs in many ways from the usual liberal/conservative divide, but it is no less heated, and the stakes are even higher.
In Culture Warrior, Bill O’Reilly defines this war and analyzes the competing philosophies of the traditionalist and secular-progressive camps. He examines why the nation’s motto “E Pluribus Unum” (“From Many, One”) might change to “What About Me?”; dissects the forces driving the secular-progressive agenda in the media and behind the scenes, including George Soros, George Lakoff, and the ACLU; and dives into matters of race, education, and the war on terror. He also shows how the culture war has played out in such high-profile instances as The Passion of the Christ, Fahrenheit 9/11, the abuse epidemic (child and otherwise), and the embattled place of religion in public life—with special emphasis on the war against Christmas. Whatever controversies are roiling the nation, he fearlessly confronts them—and no one will be in the dark about which side he’s on.
Culture Warrior showcases Bill O’Reilly at his most eloquent and impassioned. He is an unrelenting fighter for the soul of America, and in this book he fights the good fight for the traditional values that have served this country so well for so long.
- keepin it pithy
The spin stopped here. Any questions about Mr. O'reilly's book, ask him, I'm sure he will answer, without bloviating? it was a breath of fresh air and i loved it....more info
- What You See Is What You Get
Love him or hate him, you never have to wonder about where Bill O'Reilly stands on any particular issue. By turns bombastic, humorous, concerned or preachy, the author's style reflects his persona that has become so widely known via his television program. So, those who like his TV show will like this book, and those who don't like it will not.
There is no doubt that there are two cultural extremes in the US today: traditional believers in God at one end and secularists at the other. But Mr. O'Reilly's premise that an all-out cultural war is underway because of a concerted secular-progressive conspiracy seems a bit exaggerated. In the free-marketplace of ideas, we do need to ask why our media, entertainment and universities have become proportionally over-represented by a very vocal minority - and offer compelling arguments and evidence for alternative viewpoints.
Which raises an interesting challenge to anyone who reads this book - try to read it from a different point-of-view than your own. Too many of us approach a topic like this one from our own worldview, belief system and bias, and react before thinking more deeply about it. Then, we miss the opportunity to broaden our own perspective. If you truly try to look at this "culture war" through another's eyes, you might be surprised by what you see. Extreme cultural views divide and weaken America. Seeking to understand each other more respectfully promotes unity and freedom.
- Just Too Much Overexagerating
I go into every book I read with an open mind, and this was no exception. But the farther I got through the book, the more I felt that O'Reilly was manufacturing this supposed conflict and exaggerating what is going on.
Our country has always had a divide between those with traditionalist views and those with more liberal views. However, there is simply no middle ground for him, and he actually feels that those who aren't traditionalists are trying to destroy the country. He labels progressives as the worst kind of Americans, overlooking the fact that without them, blacks would be second class citizens and women wouldn't be allowed to vote. While there are cases for standing by traditional values, there is also the case for progressive values that advance our country.
He does make some good points, especially about parents becoming more involved in their children's lives. He is passionate about protecting our children and I agree with his points on making punishments much more severe.
Overall, I just didn't like the book. While I would have no problem listening to someone state their thoughts on our culture and ways to change it, he invokes such ridiculous notions that a couple people control the entire progressive movement. He classifies those with opposing views as un-patriotic and tries to use nationalism as the sole reason for agreeing with him. And all the while, O'Reilly acts as if most Americans are sheep that have no minds of their own. There is no belief on his end that the country has become more progressive because it is what the people want, but instead the diabolical plot of every media source, school, and rich guy who donates to the Democratic party.
I guess what I'm saying is that when I go outside, I don't see the same cultural war going on that Bill O'Reilly does....more info
- Bill's strawman
Mr O'Reilly is somewhat of an enigma to me. I find his show entertaining. He sometimes speaks very rationally about current issues and presents his point of view very reasonably. But there are times when he appears to let his emotions completely overrule his logic, and then he looks foolish and petty. So it is with "Culture Warrior."
Bill blames nearly all of America's ills on secular progressives. The S-P movement (according to O'Reilly) wants to completely dismantle all that is good and replace it with atheistic, socialist programs that would undermine America's moral fiber and promote malaise and complacency.
Pure bunk! The truth of the matter is that Bill's Republican Party has held the White House for all but 12 years since 1968. In all this time, the party of "family values" and "personal responsibility" has done little, if anything, to improve our nation's social problems. A good argument could be made that many of those problems have actually gotten worse. And yet, here's Bill trying to shift the blame to some small minority of the population with practically no political power.
Of course, he's preaching to the choir with his simplistic scapegoating. If you're a Fox news fan and an O'Reilly-phile, you'll no doubt be blind to his flaws in logic and his stretching of the facts. ...more info
- Nothing new
It seems dictated without much editing. It repeats the same theme as on TV: There is a war between the secular and the religious, and there is a war between the progressive and the reactionary. It approaches topics in a superficial and inflamatory manner, and fails to seek out a dispassionate root cause. ...more info
- Don't agree on everything, but still a good book.
I don't see eye to eye with all of Bill O'Reilly's views, especially his views on foreign policy and the war on terror. Needless to say, I never thought I was going to enjoy his book Culture Warrior, but truth be told I found his book very well written and informative.
Bill opened my eyes up to the media bias along with the highly influential leaders and contributors of secular-progressivism - which in a nutshell is socialism.
Bill also voices the truth about the ACLU. I was surprised to find out how harmful the ACLU really is when it comes to traditional values.
My favorite chapter was chapter 15 in which Bill breaks down what it takes to be a traditionalist.
All in all, I found Culture Warrior to be a very honest and informative book and I would highly recommend it.
- Eye Opener
This book will definitely give you a different perspective when you view the news media. There is a lot of truth here!...more info
- I read this book, unlike so many other reviewers it seems
I hate Micheal Moore but I am not going to rate one of his fictumentaries on that basis. A book can be wildly entertaining and be written by a moron. Look at Al Franken; I loved his Rush Limbaugh diatribe. It was a laugh riot. As to Culture Warrior, I have read other books by Bill O'Reilly and enjoyed them. This book (which I have actually read, unlike so many other reviewers it would seem) was a terrible disappointment - fragmented, self-serving. It's as if he were personally responsible for saving democracy from the barbarians at the gate....more info
- One of his best and most important
Well, another week, another O'Reilly book down. And though I mostly consider myself a single issue voter (national security -- what else?), this book is ripe with good information. Some of it I knew, but more so I enjoyed his sentient advice for dealing with the "secular progressive" wing that runs the Democrat party and repulsively sees our noble nation as basically evil, therefore seeks to undermine America and change us into a totalitarian state (my adjective, not his).
This book is a few years old now, so though its concerns are valid and only a few are outdated, an update might still be a good idea, especially with the continuing "success" of the "S-Ps" in turning our nation to something our proud ancestors would not recognize and abhor.
Also, with the improbable election of a naive radical with no leadership experience as our new celebrity "president," and heinous/defeatist simpletons running congress, this book is of utmost importance, which is why finally I read it.
That billions want to come TO America, and avoid "the world" (leftist term) around of us (containing hatred and violence), is immaterial to the George Soroses and Clooneys of America. The richest folks, who have used America the most, deplore us, and want rapid change. And since they cannot do it easily since 75% of Americans are truly not in toe with them, they use the media, brainwashing, schools and the ballot box where they pass discriminatory laws that allow special voting rules for "their people." (And yet, you hear the Republicans are corrupt, stole elections, etc, while Colin Powell says the GOP is "polarizing" and "out of touch"?)
As to the book itself, O'reilly humbly admits his own errors, but factually warns us to be wary of "debating" these hatemongers since they rarely are brave enough to do so, and when they do, call names and avoid intelligent debate. I have lost friends to this fatuous behavior, and so be it. This is life, and you cannot be afraid to fight. G-d can sort them out, even if they don't believe in a Deity.
Mr. O wisely spends a great deal of time exposing America's premier enemy within: the ACLU, who, simply so they can elect left-wing politicians who'll carry their "progressive" agenda, actively aids our enemies here & abroad through lies and intimidating the courts and schools. (The heads of that organization should be in prison rather than grafting funds from you and me.)
We "traditionalists" are correct, always have been. While they "fear" global warming, we fear America turning into Eurabia and diminishing our role in aiding the world against Islamic terrorism, after all. This War to Save Liberalism means little to these so-called "liberals." We want upward mobility and opportunities for all, but not unless they sacrifice and work -- and not at the EXPENSE of those who do hard work. That's un-American. No guilt here.
So, this is possible Bill's best work. It's smooth, well scribed, very fair and very important.
He wants you to join the Culture War, as 85% likely agree with religion and Judeo-Christians values being important, protecting traditional marriage, nascent life, our youths from vagrants who wish to do them harm, and judges who misinterpret the law (to put it kindly)supporting our military as they attempt to, as usual, rid the world of tyranny, etc. Our forefathers did, after all.
Others prefer the opposite while they watch American Idol and sip their lattes on the coasts, ignoring evil and deprecating our great nation.
One of us will have some explaining to do.
- a must read for those who never watch oreilly factor
most of the information in book i have heard on oreilly factor, however there are many traditional americans who donot have a clue about s/p...and how they want to destroy the America we know and love........more info
- O'Reilly is O'Reilly, love him or hate him
In _Culture Warrior_, Bill O'Reilly takes on what he calls the "Secular-Progressive Agenda", or "SP's" for short. He tries to present himself as a defender of "traditional values", but not as firmly in the right-wing camp as a number of other commentators (Limbaugh, etc.)
Most people's attitude towards this book will depend on their sympathies toward O'Reilly and/or the political values he promotes. as well as those he opposes. But leaving that behind for a moment, he does articulate his positions rather clearly.
I didn't particularly like his martyr complex, which just comes off whiny, even though he insists that he's not complaining about all the enemies he has. The "Gloria Hernandez" stuff near the front of the book, meant to describe a United States under the control of the "SP's", just comes off as a racist, sexist, jab. And finally, my biggest peeve: don't just tell me "A UCLA media study said so-and-so"....give me a CITE!
- Frank Talk About A Vital Struggle
In his usual down-to-earth style, Bill O'Reilly draws the battle lines in the cultural clash that will define America for at least the next several generations. He is a "traditionalist": one who has a strong sense of right and wrong; a believer in Judeo-Christian values, capitalism, and self-reliance. O'Reilly defines "secular progressives" ("S-Ps")as permissive, socialistic moral "relativists" who want to drive religion from all public fora.
O'Reilly's traditionalist-SP dichotomy is not the old liberal-conservative fight. In this model, there are traditional liberals, but it's hard to imagine a conservative S-P.
Although his tone is often dire, O'Reilly sprinkles it with some much-needed humor. For example, there is a funny picture of a young,hippie-like O'Reilly interviewing S-P Susan Sarandon in the 1970s, the caption of which asks "Who has better hair?"
I also like O'Reilly's self-criticism. After drawing on a renowned ancient Chinese military strategist, he dubs himself "Dopey Tzu." O'Reilly is man enough to admit that he has an "Irish temper" that has hurt him in his public battles with people like Terry Gross of NPR. He ties this line of thought into an emphasis on reasoned argument over shrill finger-pointing, something for which he faults both left and right, although O'Reilly believes there are far more "smear merchants" on the left than on the right. These demonstrations by O'Reilly largely refute the accusation that he's a bully.
I say "largely" because he also displays some tendencies in that direction. He never lets you forget that he's six-foot-four, and, at one point, says that he sometimes feels like "decking" his opponents.
I am also troubled by a nagging sense that he has written this book in part to settle old scores rather than to inform, although this problem is counterbalanced by his descriptions of the excesses of the ACLU, George Soros, and others, things of which every thoughtful American should be aware.
My biggest criticism is that O'Reilly doesn't allow for much nuance. He insists that you must be on one side or the other in the culture war. You're either a traditionalist or an S-P. No moderates need apply.
Fact is, few people agree 100 percent of the time with O'Reilly, especially on morally complex issues like abortion and end-of-life questions. Am I an S-P because I believe abortion should be regulated rather than banned? Or in the estate tax--which O'Reilly calls an "abomination"--for the wealthiest Americans?
O'Reilly's facts are well-researched, and he uses them with laser-like precision to make his points. However, there is a gaffe on Page 203 where he proclaims that "socialism has never worked anywhere in the world." What about our greatest ally in the War on Terror, Mother England, a strong, stable democracy which has embraced socialism since the end of World War II? Or Canada and Germany, which are more socialistic than the U.S.? Many aspects of America itself are socialistic (e.g., Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Worker's Compensation).
Thus many traditionalists--and I consider myself among them--may not think with the same rigidity as does O'Reilly.
All that said, Mr. O'Reilly comes across as sincere and ethical. He espouses living by a code which includes self-discipline, honesty, hard work, love of country, and a thirst for justice--tenets upon which all reasonable Americans should be able to agree.
Overall, O'Reilly's virtues far outweigh his flaws. That's why I highly recommend "Culture Warrior" to anyone who wants to quickly understand the societal crisis now gripping America....more info
- My Favorite Show Host
3 Cheers for Bill O'Reilly and this great book of his.
I bought it as soon as it came out because Bill O'Reilly is my hero!
I watch his show every night.I never missed one episode of The O'Reilly Factor and I love him.
Bill O'Reilly is not just a brilliant man with an engineering mind but he is also a man of tremendous personality.
What I like best about Bill O'Reilly is his sense of justice.
Well, I like Bill O'Reilly's sense of morality too. And also his great wit.
This book is great and I would definitly recommend it. Not just to Bill's fans but to anyone who has an interest in todays'culture,and today's national event.
Here's 3 cheers to you Mr O'Reilly ! ...more info
- one star vs. five stars - you can see the war
Bill O'Reily has written another excellent book, Culture Warrior. If you are a regular viewer to Bill's program on Fox and listen to him on the radio, you might have already heard much of what is written in this book. You might also notice his voice in the book, too; he obviously wrote this book himself. Although I am familiar with is position on the Culture War, the book provided more depth and nuance to his cause and tactics. Bill frames the battle in terms of Secular-Progressives vs. Traditionalist, avoiding the liberal/conservative, Democrat/Republican, Agnostic/Believer distinctions that typically form the battle lines. Bill exposes the dirty tactics of the Progressive/Secularist, and urges those who fight for the Traditionalist to avoid doing the same. While Progressive/Secularist hold a minority view and do not reflect the traditional values of America and it's Judeo-Christian foundlings, they do control the popular press, the news media, Hollywood, and, with their stronghold on the American education system (K through 12 and Universities), control the education of future generations. Bill calls us to fight back, but in a civil, respectful and chivalrous manner. Bill sets a high standard we should all try to attain, if we are to win this battle. ...more info
- Who's Looking out for you?
Bill tells it like it is, with no spin. He exposes the truth about what is wrong with this country's politicians, corporations, institutions and powerful people who are suppose to protect us all. He makes you think with no holds bard, as he kicks butt and gives you the names of the [...]. This book is an eye-opening, thought provoking read ... Marc C. Crump, Author of "The Upside-Down Year."...more info
- Boot-licking propaganda pimp
One hardly knows whether to laugh or cry. It is a little frightening to know there are people out there that can put their clothes on and food in their mouth, and actually give attention to the likes of O'Reilly and Coulter. What pathetic little tics full of drivel, I mean, just look at the guy.....freak supreme. If this is your cup of tea, please consider thinking for yourself, waking up a bit and trying something sane and reasonable, compassionate and loving, creative and expansive for a change. Otherwise, see you in Hell....more info
- Stunningly Brilliant Tour de Force
Bill O. proves once again that he's THE MAN. His deep loathing for the God-hating, America-hating puke left elements is palpable. I've proudly been using his term "secular-progressive traitors to America" since the moment I read it. And his piece on Rather, Reid, Pelosi, Soros, Boxer, Durbin, Dodd, Murtha, Sulzburger,Teddy and the rest of "Osama's gaggle of bedwetting, braying apologists and lickspittles here on America's sacred soil" expose these squalid lab specimens for what they really are. I take my cap off and thank this great American for his stalwart defense of the America I know and love. ...more info
- Bill is silly
if he really believes, as he says he does, that liberals want the US to lose in Iraq because they dislike Bush. Liberals doubt victory is possible in Iraq because
how would victory be defined?
Iraq is a war that can be fought for countless years, given the deep-seated and ancient hatreds among the factions there.
US intelligence estimates show that our presence in Iraq serves to recruit and train jihadists.
159,000 US troops are entirely too small a force in a country of 27 million. But since our military is already stretched far too thin as it is, larger troop commitments are not likely. The difficulty of getting soldiers to re-enlist and finding new recruits to go to this debacle is seen in the Army's raising the age of enlistment to 42 and ignoring criminal offenses that previously would have disqualified someone from joining.
Significantly, the majority of military families no longer support the war (Time-CBS poll).
Liberals dislike Bush because he put our country on false pretenses into a war where victory is probably impossible and our very presence in Iraq degrades our own national security. ...more info
Bill polarizes. So anyone who reads this book already has an opinion about the generalities, just not the details of the book. I will review the latter.
More than anything else, this book is a trumpet sounding "reveille," and then "charge!" O'Reilly focuses on tactical issues, as opposed to Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, which is a strategic book, or Ravi Zacharias's Deliver Us From Evil, which is a moral and religious book. All three should be read as a serendipitous trilogy.
As with most of O'Reilly's books, it is a mixture of journalism and journaling. We get the specifics of his battles, the wounds and scars he has suffered in standing for traditionalism. So it is slight on theory, except for the last chapter.
This book has great photos: Calvin Coolidge's Christmas greeting, George Clooney's face frozen mid-shout. My favorites are the archival photos of O'Reilly with vintage 1970s hair. Nixon was right when he said burn the tapes!
I do have a question of nomenclature. The opposite of a Secular-Progressive is not a Traditionalist, but a Spiritual-Traditionalist. O'Reilly makes the case for an atheistic-agnostic dynamic among the traditionalists, but can you show me a traditionalist society that was secular?
One scholar noted, "When the history of human thought shall be written from the point of view of temple worship, it may well be found that temples and the work done in them have been the dominating influence in shaping human thought from the beginning of the race."
Furthermore, there is no hope in secularism. Or more pointedly, there is no progress in Progressivism. Peter Kreeft observed that modernists (roughly equivalent to the S-P) put their faith in the one thing that cannot progress: matter (C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium : Six Essays on the Abolition of Man).
Think about it--S-P reduces everything to matter, which is locked in the prison cell of thermodynamics and entropy. Secular-Progressivism is really Self-Contradictoryism.
Two end points. His fictions President Hernandez in 2020 is really Obama, just 10 years earlier. This is a benchmark as to the rate of change in the culture war--things are rushing quicker than anticipated.
His last chapter on the code of the traditional warrior should be photocopied and memorized. Hopefully some anthology a century from now will include it for required reading in history classes when this era is finally studied impartially.
- Culture Warrior
I bought this book for my father-in-law, and he has thoroughly enjoyed it! I, too, am concerned about the parts of our culture that we are losing, especially decency and morality. I am so glad that Bill O'Reilly has the guts to stand up for his values!...more info
- The Hobo Philosopher
Bill has discovered a conspiracy. Now I'm a true believer in conspiracies so I can't knock him on that one. It seems that there are a group of people, living right here within the borders of the United States who are presently involved in the overthrow of "our" government. They are not doing this by means of a revolution or violent overthrow. They are too cleaver to come right out and fight like men. They are doing it by guile and persuasion and trying to sway voters and by real sneaky, underhanded, dirty methods like using their money to twist the media and the "truth". Bill has a lot of terrible names for these people but overall he benignly refers to them as Secular Progressives or S-Ps.
These S-Ps are a very cleaver group of evil and vile people and they have a horrible anti-American agenda; wait until I tell you about it, you won't believe it. It is truly beyond your widest dreams.
First and foremost these S-Ps do not believe in God; they are very anti-Judeo/Christian. They want to take all the money from the rich people and use it to make their version of a "better world". For example they want everybody to have their own home - with no mortgage; they want all children to have an education - for free! And that includes college; they think that everybody should make a living wage - whether they deserve to be alive or not! (my God! these people are horrible); they want businesses and corporations to act and conduct themselves in the world market place with a moral conscience (what a pernicious method for undermining capitalism and the American way); they want prisons to be reformed and drug crimes to be looked upon as an addiction to be treated as a sickness and not simply incarceration; they want any and all sick and even healthy people to have access to health care - even if they don't have a penny!; they actually want the United States to be attacked before the United States attacks anybody else; and one can only conclude from all of the above that these S-Ps would probably try to outlaw war if they could get away with it.
This book is powerful on emotion but very short on thought. If your ideas are on the far right you will love this. I was told by a friend that Bill is actually not on the far right but is really only moderately right. Since I didn't find much of what he had to say "right" in any way and many things very "wrong", I can't really find all that much to recommend . But Bill seems to be doing very well without me as a backer.
Books written by Richard Noble - The Hobo Philosopher:
"Hobo-ing America: A Workingman's Tour of the U.S.A.."
"A Summer with Charlie"
"A Little Something: Poetry and Prose"
"Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother"
"The Eastpointer" Selections from award winning column. ...more info
- Culture Warrior
I am happy to report that I love my Inlaws but do not share there political leanings. This book was a disappointment but, hopefully, they will enjoy the read....more info
- I Enjoyed This so much
This book is great from cover to cover.Bill has so many ideas and he should be making lots of money with this wonderful book.I also would like you to know about the great book he wrote just for kids.It should be on everybody's list for a birthday comming up or A present to some special kid.So far all of his books have been a joy reading.
- Very interesting
I enjoyed this book.I cant see why there is so much negativity in the reviews here.It is an exellent book and maybe if you do really read the book.You might not ewrite such angry reviews....more info
- Rhett's birthday gift
I purchased this book to give to my son for his forty-third birthday. He is very interested in the goings on in our country having served twenty-four years with the Navy flying intel. Since it is so hard to obtain the truth about things I knew he favored Bill O'Reilly for that very reason and he is enjoying the book immensely. It is excellent if you want to know how to save our country as well as yourself....more info
- interesting read
Well written book. I'm not sure of the validity of all the things he talks about because he is often defending himself, but I think he makes some very smart points. I can see some of the effects of the sp movement that Bill mentions in his book almost everyday. ...more info
- I'm an O'Reilly fan
O'Reilly speaks in the media in an intelligent and logical way with no apologies. He describes the culture warfare perfectly. The "Tag" suggestions for this writer were so negative as to sicken me. In my opinion, none of them applied. What more can I say, I'm a fan....more info
- A good read, maybe a little too much
I am a big fan of Bill O'Reilly and the book is much like I expected. You will either like it or hate it, although I was somewhat mixed. I find that I agree with him in many respects, but certainly not all....
I would like people that are not fans of his to try this book, it is always good to get a different perspective on life....more info
- Culture Warrior
As usual, O'Reilly shows his stuff. If you are one who watches/listens to him on a regular basis, then you already know about what he's saying in this book. The far lefties are trying to disrupt our culture, and most of us don't think our culture should be altered--very much, anyway. Sure, we have our problems, but to abruptly toss revered and esteemed good values aside is almost criminal. Yet, with what help from Rush calls "the Drive-by Media," the left is continuing to push, push, push. Those of us on the right (or even Centrists) must become "Culture Warriors" and keep up our vigil and push back--hard. ...more info
- I would love to have Bill as a dad
My grandma read me this book.I thought it was good and it's fun too.It never gets boring and I feel like he is the greatest guy in the world.My grandma says she will read all the books he writes to me and that will make me real happy and I'm looking forward to that....more info
- Straight and to the Point!!
Once you cut through all the convoluted symantics of most other books on a related topic, there's very little substance to be found in them. With "Culture Warrior" Bill presents his point in a clear and factual way. It's a great read (for those people mature enough to actually read it before rating). ...more info
- Culture Warrior
If you like to think and use the most accurate information for your decisions you will like the book. If your a kool-aide drinker you won't like the book....more info