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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.

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  • Charge!
    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.


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  • 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
  • No substance
    First of all, for all the neo-cons out there, I did read the book. I'm getting tired of both sides of the fence screaming "You didn't read it!" just because the reveiwer has a different opinion. Second, I like reading comentary books by authors on both sides of the fence, provided they have something to say. I won't touch a book by Al Gore, Al Franken or Ann Coulter because I know it will be nothing but finger pointing, bad mouthing and playing the blame game. I was hoping that this book would be different, and it was. Oreilly didn't do the finger pointing as much as he talked about all the people that were doing finger pointing at him. This whole thing was pretty much Oreilly talking about what everyone has been saying about him since his last book was published. He rarely backs up his opinions with any substance giving us an idea of why he believes the things he does. His formula is pretty much the same from chapter to chapter: he gives his opinion on something, talks about himslef and how he is overly qualified to have that opinion and quotes the "wackos" who disagree with his opinion thereby verifying his stance on the issue in the first place. And those are the few chapters where he actually is talking about something other than his own biography.

    If you want to hear Orielly talk about himslef and how popular he is for a few hundred pages, this is the book for you. If you want to really get some insight into what his feelings are on the secular progressive movement that is taking place in this country you'll be better off to watch or listen to his media shows....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!

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  • Irreverend !
    Bill O'Reilly is known for his positions on a plethora of societal issues. The book describes the continuous battle for the hearts and minds of children. "Control the children and you control the future." O'Reilley Tzu I guess this is a reference to a Chinese philosopher.

    The author describes scenarios; wherein, parents have accurately documented critical incidents in order to set up constructive confrontations on key issues. The continuous contention between the Courts and the ACLU is described in story after story. In one case, the State of Florida experimented with the notion of assisting the poor with school vouchers for private school settings. The book describes how the Florida Supreme Court ruled against directing fees to private schools.

    Private schools are an important ingredient in the fabric of American education. Take away the private schools and the public school budgets would be stressed to the breaking point. Virtually, every inner city mayor understands this inescapable concept.

    The author discusses a very thorny point in traditionalism versus non-traditionalist notions and the underground culture. For instance, Dr. King was a traditionalist by the author. Oprah Winfrey weighs in as a traditionalist after having banned street rappers from her program. In essence, too few Afro-Americans wave the traditionalist banner. The book concludes that our country needs strong African-American leaders who understand the Judeo-Christian traditions, discipline and personal accountability. I would add to this institutional accountability !

    Currently, conservative Christians are engaged in the struggle to recapture the American culture. The author believes that atheists and agnostics should join the struggle because our interests converge in the all-important area of American values and value systems/processes. Besides, the traditional American roots are worthy of preservation to a considerable extent.

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  • Entertaining if at times questionable
    I don't agree with everything about Bill O'Reilly, but I did find this book entertaining. Entertaining in that "watchdog journalism" can be some fascinating stuff, especially when the material being questioned is stuff that you don't generally hear about on the nightly news (namely the "secular progressive" movement.) O'Reilly provides some interesting facts to back up his arguments, and although some is questionable, I did enjoy the read....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
    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
  • His Best Book To Date? I Give It A 4.3 Overall.
    First, I must say that I would recommend Pat Buchanan's "Day Of Reckoning" over this book because he is less angry, more intellectual, & goes more in depth into the issues. This is a book about very different & often opposing beliefs of the USA & the world in general. He asks the crucial question, "who are we as a people?" He points out that if the opposing groups do not come to some sort of agreement we could in future decades come apart as a country. The author feels that the Secular Progressive folks want to turn the USA into a European style Socialist country. But, here he could have been much more specific. He delves into how this culture war with the traditionalists is happening across academic institutions, TV, Radio, the print media, & internet blogs. Such as George Soros' bank rolling left wing "air America radio", the cult of moral relativism{the what about me victim groups seeking special rights}, the womb to the tomb nanny state, teenager rights, & the ever growing secularization of religious holidays.

    A personal example: a few tears ago in Macy's I said happy holiday to one of the people who work there & they said that they were told not to reciprocate because some folks get mad. That is crazy, I don't even know any atheists who would be offended by someone wishing them a happy holiday. All of these extremes are capable of changing our culture. Just think about the changes of the 1960's. Some were for the better like civil rights, & the negatives like the growth of the drug culture.

    The book is divided into three parts. "The Conflict: America in The year 2020, The Culture war Where You Live, & The Struggle For The Soul Of America." The term culture war does on some level seems to fit since both sides rarely appear to agree on much. The traditionalists believe that our country was well founded & has done great things for the world. the secular progressives are hypercritical of our traditional beliefs & wish to move us closer on many levels to a European model where religion has been in decline for decades. This is not the stereotypical battle between liberals & conservatives. At the begining of each chapter are clips of certain famous people, some real others fictional. Ex's: "To conquer a nation, destroy the values of its people-Sun Tzu." George W. Bush is the greatest terrorist in the world-singer Harry Belafonte." Several chapters include interviews with folks on both sides that he has interviewed on either his TV or radio shows. He exposes the lenient sentences that many pedophiles get, & the ACLU who defends these perverts. They often believe in therapy over punishment. The last third of the book is the most crucial. He believes it can't be won in the religious sphere because the secular progressives have a near monopoly in Hollywood, the media, & academia. He feels the secular progressives have to be persuaded that traditionalism is in their best interest since it is far closer to what the founding fathers set up for our country to be. This includes far less reliance on big government, hard work, more personal & family responsibilty, & a better sense of community.

    Many readers like myself{an agnostic} will find they have some beliefs of both. Though I personally think that I am 60% traditionalist, & 40% secular progressive. But, the author makes vividly clear that you can agree with aspects of both. I have often found that the differences between the two groups come from how they approach problems & life in general. It is a culture war as much about methodology as it is about individual or group beliefs. In conclusion, there is plenty of room for compromise if we try? ...more info
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sex harassment lawsuit in no way negates what he has to say about morality
    Although the tape recordings of his depraved sex harassment phone calls to his producer Andrea Mackris are deeply disturbing and reveal a dark, sick side to this otherwise genial and intelligent talk show host, I believe O'Reilly is still morally superior to the liberal secularists who oppose the war and buy Dixie Chicks albums. It may be true that most liberals have never paid out a multi-million dollar settlement as part of a sexual harrassment lawsuit like O'Reilly has. But liberals such as Tim Robbins and Linda Ronstadt are, by their liberal nature, morally inferior to a great culture warrior like O'Reilly, even though there is no evidence that they have done anything as morally repugnant as the disgusting phone calls made by O'Reilly. ...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.
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  • Most hated figure in media?
    O'Reilly is a great writer. Entertaining. But something about this one makes him come off real bitter. It's understandable, the guy is the most hated figure in media, but I think he is above some of the jabs he takes here. Talks alot about his enemies but nothing about his allies, maybe because he has none. Either way its a must read for O'Reilly fans and everyone else that is fed up with the mainstream media.......more info
  • Eye opener
    The book was an eye opener to what the s-p movement are trying to pull on the American public and I'll be looking a lot closer now myself. The book was right on target. I recommend it highly....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
  • Good Read
    [...] Nowhere near Ann Coulter at all. Bill is an INDEPENDENT not a conservative. Take the advice from someone who is neutral and has an open mind. This book is not bad like some want you to think. Do I agree with Bill on everything...NO. Bill is as arrogant as ever but I like that in people who will call you on your crap. I do see that there is a culture war as Bill puts it. They are trying to kill religion. I don't even believe in religion but I'm not so dumb and narrow minded to see what's going on. Values in America have taking a back seat giving rise to agendas on both sides for years and the middleman suffers (people like me). And it's getting worse. [...] ...more info
  • 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
  • Amusingly scary, hilariously wrong
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    You don't have to get far into this book to realise it's more of the same from the man who's filled his own head with so much right-wing, neo-conservative nonsense that he might actually believe it himself. The fact that he believes the Founding Fathers would somehow favour a society in which religion plays a prominent role goes to show how utterly confused his understanding of his own country is; a mistake he makes within the first 3 pages.

    This book was so funny that, if it were labelled a comedy book, I would give it five stars. However, the fact that it was published with the intent of sincerely informing people's opinions demands that I give it 1, and even that's not very well-deserved.

    Basic summary: buy it for a good laugh, but prepare to be afraid, very afraid when you realise that someone out there is fighting for cultural values... and that man is Bill O'Reilly.

    PS - How do you have a "Culture warrior"? That's like calling the book "Intellectual Barbarian".
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  • 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.
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  • Cliched Propoganda will drive reasonable folks away... (O'Reilly, p.198). Ironic?
    The aforementioned quote speaks for itself, and is perhaps the most ironic sentence in Bill O'Reilly's new work--Culture Warrior. I received this as a "Happy Holidays" gift (sorry, but I can't say the C word due to my SP Corps loyalty...). *COUGH*

    Anyway, this was a gag gift from a close friend of mine, as she knows that I often watch O'Reilly and other talking heads for the sheer entertainment value and such. Unlike some of the more negative reviews here, I will say that O'Reilly, like Hannity, Limbaugh, and Franken have a great deal of talent in that they can hold long diatribes about the most mundane of subjects and make them come across as appealing to a diverse audience. O'Reilly does not disappoint readers in this regard.

    With that being said, the main problem I have with Culture Warrior is that O'Reilly writes like he talks-in short talking points and with a harsh tone. This is not to say that this is a bad thing, but it can grow annoying at times, particularly since even though O'Reilly has several advanced degrees, he writes like a first year undergraduate.

    O'Reilly starts off by claiming that the contemporary culture war in this country cannot be framed in terms of liberals and conservatives. He then proceeds to claim that there are many shade of gray, and that boiling down such a complex issue into two sides is essentially a misguided approach to understanding the underlying issues at stake here.

    However, O'Reilly immediately begins to frame this 'battle' in terms of secular-progressives (or SP's, O'Reilly abbreviates them since he uses the term probably more than 100 times in this book) versus traditionalists. In other words, he apparently he has done the very thing that he claimed he wouldn't do in this book which is essentially to frame this issue in terms of mutually exclusive aims, goals, and categories. Rather than use liberal v. conservative, O'Reilly substitutes these categories with SP and traditionalists, respectively, despite his claims to the contrary. By the end of the book, he flatly states that one side is just and the other is not, which is quite bizarre. O'Reilly's success with this book and with his show is due to his mastery of the cardinal rule of politics... you have to pander to all sides, even while twisting the knife into the back of the side you wish to defeat. In more pragmatic terms, the use of smoke-screens to cloud your ambitions and allegiances is always the safe and most successful route to traverse.

    Despite O'Reilly having earned two master's degrees from prestigious universities, he must have skipped out during his statistics and research methods courses, as his use of anecdotal evidence is appalling and dishonest. Refraining from footnotes or any type of citation format, O'Reilly attempts to portray isolated events as epidemics and anecdotal stories as the universal truth. The most disturbing thing of all is that O'Reilly understands the power he wields, and abuses it to further his sales and unclear and somewhat contradictory agenda.

    Yes, it's an enjoyable read, but O'Reilly is quite devious and makes use ad-hominem attacks more often than not, often against the usual suspects, (i.e. the ACLU, Howard Dean, Vermont judges, socialists, etc.). Seriously, smear merchant this, smear merchant that--it gets old after the first few chapters. Truly, the genius is O'Reilly is that he is a captivating media figure, often distorting politics and social issues through his manipulative posturing on countless issues. The same can be said of this book....more info
  • A Must Read
    Many people fall victim to left wing media bias or they might like Obama because he is a good public speaker. This book does a great job showing what is behind the liberal agenda and what is truly at stake in the upcoming election....more info
  • A fun book but with weaknesses
    I received Bill O'Reilly's latest book, CULTURE WARRIOR, as a gift for Christmas (can I use that word without offending someone?). Knowing from his TV show O'Reilly's overbearing style, I approached the book with a degree of trepidation. After all, O'Reilly has no shortage of ego, and modesty is not one of his major virtues. And, if you are familiar with O'Reilly's personality on TV or the radio, you can hear him clearly through his writing style. As I mentioned, although that personality in large doses can be overbearing, in the book it seems more playful and entertaining.

    Nevertheless, let the reader beware, O'Reilly is not averse to self-promotion, neither is he afraid of bragging - by the way, did you know he is six feet four inches tall? If not, he will remind you of that fact many times throughout the book. That said, however, I have to say that the book is entertaining and it has its insights.

    O'Reilly's main premise is that there is a culture war going on, not as is often suggested, between conservatives and liberals or Democrats and Republicans (although the conflict can be framed in those terms). The culture war O'Reilly is describing is between "Traditionalist", such as himself and his fans, and "Secular Progressives" (abbreviated `SP'). Traditionalists are those who take seriously our country, its founding documents, its objective history, and its religious heritage. On the other hand, the SP agenda is to re-interpret history, the nation's founders, its founding documents, and so on, in order to push a more secular agenda - one that is washed free of what SP advocates regard as repressive religious contamination. For many in the SP camp, God is really a repressed guy (sexually and otherwise) to be avoided at all costs.

    O'Reilly then spends the rest of the book fleshing out what those terms mean, who fits the SP label, and describing confrontations he has had with persons who are SP types. He gives entertaining anecdotal evidence not only for the validity of the terms, but also for the validity of applying those terms in hopes of better understanding some of the other controversies on the cultural horizon such as:
    - abortion,
    - gay marriage,
    - the war on Terror,
    - hyper sensitivity of the media towards other religions like Islam, but unfettered insult towards Christianity,
    - the battle over Christmas,
    - hatred of America by many in the SP camp, and so on.
    Although at times somewhat simplistic, O'Reilly's analysis is at the same time helpful.

    Another plus in the book is background he gives to the ACLU - its history and the cases it has chosen to advocate for and those it has fought against. This is NOT a group to be taken lightly.

    The most decided weakness of the book is O'Reilly's failure to provide an analysis of the philosophical underpinnings of the SP movement. Yes, he does quote references from the writings of SP guru, George Lakoff, but these are more along the lines of strategy, not philosophy. By "philosophical underpinnings" I mean the writings of Marx, Freud, Darwin, and so on. I realize that if O'Reilly went into a lengthy discussion of these authors, he would lose a large portion of his audience, so I'm not sure what the solution for this is. Nevertheless, although it is good to hack away at the branches of evil, untruth, and deception, it is even more necessary to cut them off at the root.

    It is also important for traditionalists to know the intellectual foundations of their own beliefs and values. That fact itself reveals another weakness in O'Reilly's book. For example, he expresses frustration with the priest in his own Roman Catholic parish who "for the 876th time" explains St. Paul's letters to the Corinthians. O'Reilly's point is, of course, that what St. Paul had to say to the Corinthians is boring or not terribly relevant to the issues of our day. O'Reilly goes on to concede that, "Once in a while, a priest will discuss a social issue from the pulpit, but that is rare" (p.177).

    The point is: O'Reilly would seem to prefer a lot less Bible and theology than talks about issues that are near and dear to his heart. And that, dear reader, is the problem. What if the priest were constantly to speak from a SP point of view? Would O'Reilly like that?

    I am not a Roman Catholic and I have no idea whether the priest to whom O'Reilly refers is a good priest or an effective speaker. Frankly, I don't care. The point is that whatever the field of endeavor, whether religion, government, politics, science, or whatever, that enterprise must work from the accepted foundations of that field or it will crumble; it will fail. Christianity must work from the basic principles laid out in the Bible (including the letters of St. Paul) or it becomes an institution that is blown about by whatever happens to be the winds of cultural whim, as is the case with so many protestant denominations today, including my own. Government (USA democracy) must adhere to its founding documents and thereby be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people or it too will go astray and become a servant of the few - e.g., the rich, the intelligentsia, and/or the judicial activists.

    O'Reilly argues that he is a pragmatist and wants only "what is best for the country" (p.180). However, unless one has an almost divine lofty perspective as to be able to see all possibilities, one would be well advised to build on tried and true principles. For the Christian that means building on divine revelation via the Bible - including hearing what St. Paul had to say to the Corinthians for the 876th time. By the way, Bill, although St. Paul would probably fit the definition of a culture warrior, he was not a Roman warrior or a pagan before conversion. He was Jewish.

    In summary, I give the book three to three and a half stars. In spite of its shortcomings, it is provocative and fun to read. Look how it got the juices flowing in me! I am glad to have received it for Christmas (whoops, there's that word, again). Thanks Dave!
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  • 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
  • Culture warrior - an interesting concept - and book
    As many others, I have watched the O'Reilly Factor, and typically enjoyed the liveliness of debate, and the presentation of multiple points of view. That being said, I was curious about the book, and am not disappointed.
    Bill O'Reilly explains in a very clear headed way what he is trying to achieve (besides money and fame) in his career, and why, and I believe him.
    He has a coherent theory about the culture war between these who believe that the spirit of America is great (with a place for some minor fixes, but not a major change), and these who believe America is a bad place, and want to change it to be like the Scandinavian countries.

    The book brings a lot of seemingly unconnected issues (the war on Christmas, school vouchers, disregard for parental involvement in school) and ties them together in an interesting way, that even if you do not agree with, causes you to stop and think.

    That being said, the book sometimes gets into too many details about personal attacks on Bill, which emphasize that Bill is under attack (it is a war ...), but does not contribute to the main message in the book....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.
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  • 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
  • Eye opening read
    This book exposes the massive liberal media bias that exist in America. Despite great patriots like O'Reilly and other Fox news contributors the majority of the media continues to be pinheads. If you dont believe me just listen to MSNBC commentary then switch over to Fox News, it is even happening as I write this review....more info
  • Biased Garbage
    I have read it (I didn't buy it because that would have been a waste of hard earned money) but I thought that maybe Bill had something worth while to say, Boy was i wrong. This book will apeal to the right wing conservatives who believe in a time long past and cling to it for dear life. The whole book is a peace of self indulgent garbage where O'Reilly pretends that hes trying to save America from some fictional Left wing boogy man. This book is for hard core right wing conservatives only, anyone else with any common sense what so ever will find this book a waste of time and god forbid money....more info