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Who's Looking Out for You?

A book released September 14, 2004 by Bill O'Reilly

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You are, Bill! You are!

  • Jan 13, 2005
Bill O'Reilly is a warm and generous man. When he tires of praising himself, he is more than willing to step aside and let someone else do it for a while.

He wants to show you how to live the same way. In this unusual book, O'Reilly steps outside politics to alert you to how you're messing up your life by putting too much faith in public figures, media celebrities, religious leaders, even -- sometimes -- members of your own family. Get your life back on track by learning to recognize ... who's looking out for you!

The author treats his voyage into self-help counseling -- call him "Bill O'Prah" -- as a Big Idea, along the lines of his Factor Concept (it's not just a TV show ... it's a Concept!). But apart from the revelation that network news anchors don't really have my personal interests at heart, most of the counsel here is pretty unremarkable. In his summing-up chapter "Here's to You," Bill advises: Forgive yourself; Take care of your mind and body; Practice tolerance and independence. He encourages you to read books (especially, one presumes, his). One piece of advice I was hoping to see, but must have missed: Turn off the TV!

Instead, we not only get lots of stories about Bill himself, but also quotations from other people writing about Bill. To complete the circle, I listened to the audiobooks version of this title, and got to hear O'Reilly narrating other people's stories about what a good guy O'Reilly is! The lesson that comes through most clearly is the one I summarized in my first paragraph.

More seriously, there's one other piece of advice I hoped would have a prominent place here. But while O'Reilly made a brief feint in its direction in the final chapter, he never quite grappled with it. Nor, given his apparent self-obsession, should I have expected him to. Seems to me that if you want people to look out for you, be someone who looks out for others. Don't nurse your own sense of victimization and betrayal. Tone down the first-person pronoun and look around you. Call it the Golden Rule, good karma ... whatever works for you. The idea doesn't need 200 pages to explain, but it functions pretty well.

In short, put not your faith in princes, nor in stars of TV, radio, and publishing empires. O'Reilly's basic point is true enough. I just wish it wasn't as eye-opening as some people seem to have found it, nor clothed quite so heavily in the author's own smug sense of self-worth. After all, if you get tripped up by that great SAT word, hubris, you may find there's no one left to look out for you when you fall.

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review by . October 07, 2003
Pros: Very informative, full of facts and ways to form positive relationships.     Cons: I could not put the book down until I read it all within one evening!     The Bottom Line: Very informative with a lot of thought-provoking viewpoints.      Bill O'Reilly gave me plenty to think about as I read his 212 page book! He is the producer and anchor of his own prime-time news program called the "The O'Reilly Factor". I have read two other …
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As he did in his bestselling booksThe O'Reilly FactorandThe No Spin Zone, TV and radio host Bill O'Reilly again blasts a host of selfish and corrupt individuals and institutions for threatening the nation's well-being--no surprise there. What is surprising is the personal tone ofWho's Looking Out For You, which is as much self-help as social or political commentary. Is O'Reilly getting soft? Hardly. He still packs a punch, but this time he mixes tales of outrage with practical advice gleaned from his own experiences and mistakes. The underlying theme of the book is trust. If you can identify and associate with those that deserve your trust, he argues, you will get along well in both your personal and professional life. Among those external forces undeserving of trust, according to O'Reilly, are the media (particularly harmful to children, he warns), the legal system, and the government: "Our federal government is not good at helping real people who have real problems, and it doesn't care about the money you give it as long as that revenue train keeps chugging along," he writes. He also hammers the INS for their lax stance on illegal immigrants and the damage it has caused the country, irresponsible parents, secularists, network news executives, ideologues, and minority leaders who foster hatred in order to serve their own interests, to name just a few offenders. Though some of his advice tends toward the obvious, it is hard to argue with ...
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ISBN-10: 0767913795
ISBN-13: 978-0767913799
Author: Bill O'Reilly
Publisher: Broadway

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