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Who's Looking Out for You?

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

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Bill O'Reilly Tells It Like It Really Is!

  • Oct 7, 2003
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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 best-selling books that he wrote called "The O'Reilly Factor" and "The No Spin Zone". Bill is known for giving you both sides of the story and letting the audience decide. He is very outspoken, but I feel that he reports the real news and makes others accountable!

He is so passionate in his beliefs that you either love him or hate him. I am a diehard fan of his books, his news program and his radio show! I personally would never want to get on his anger side. In this book, he gave me a lot of insight into who is actually looking out for us and who is just looking out for themselves!

In his book, Bill discusses everything from the rich and famous to the effect our parental skills have on our children. He tells us that we need to surround ourselves with people that are looking after us. If we associate with evil or greedy people, we have a good chance that we will turn out just like them. He tells us to learn from our mistakes and go on with our lives. Do not keep kicking yourself in the butt over something that has already happened! I feel that he gave me some positive advice when he said you should not tell your coworkers your negative feelings because it can come back to hurt you. I can relate to most of the situations that he discussed.

This book is divided into ten easy to read chapters which are listed below:

Chapter 1-Folk Music

In this chapter he talks about his father, his anger over how the system let down Rilya Wilson, and the need for a good family support system. There are a lot of parents who are not looking after their children because they are too busy worrying about themselves! He even lists his "Ten Commandments Of Effective Parenting" which I agree with!


Chapter 2-It's My Party

Here Bill discusses how Americans are obsessed with wealth and materialism. We need to get rid of any selfish, money-grubbing, self-destructive attitudes and adopt a caring and giving nature. We need to be around people that care about us and avoid the "bad companions". He refers to untrustworthy people as weasels.


Chapter 3-My Country "Tis of Thee

In this chapter I realized that our government is not looking after me. The take our tax money and do not care how they spend it! He discusses the "Big Dig" and how the government has failed us by keeping corruption investigations secretive. Bill gives names of government officials that are not looking out for you and has many facts to back them up. In this chapter he talks about the government's failure to control illegal immigration and the fact that Americans are paying the price. I found that a lot of book was already familiar to me because I watch his news programs week nights.


Chapter 4-Your Right To Know

He discusses the different television networks and how most of them are not looking out for you. Some stations and well-known newspapers are corrupted. They are mainly in it for their profit. He talks about the stars, like George Clooney and other actors were not accountable for all of the money that they raised for the families of 911. Only four stars came forward and supported O'Reilly when he asked why the donations were not given to the families.


Chapter 5-God Help Us

Bill talks about his religious beliefs and the positive effect it has on you. Duke University did a six year study of four thousand Americans and the effect it had on their lives. Those that prayed regularly had healthier immune systems than those who did not. Praying brings solace and relief and is a major stress buster! He feels that religion is a good thing if it helps others and gives you comfort. He also talks about how our country was founded on moral and God-fearing people. He tells us that the rise of secularism is trying to keep God out of the public arena when our founding fathers based our government on it! One example he gave was when Georgia was forced to remove Christmas holiday off the school calendar and changed it to winter holiday. Another example was the ACLU suing towns, school boards, states and cities to erase any public displays of heavenly matters. Bill feels that when you decrease spirituality, you are encouraging abortion, violent crimes, conspicuous consumption and other personal issues to break down.


Chapter 6-The Holy War

This chapter is about how the news media aired the war on Iraq. He discusses the other broadcasters and how they handled the real facts about the war. He feels that the American journalists have an obligation to inform their listeners or readers on a level playing field .


Chapter 7-You Have The Right To Remain Silent

This chapter is about the judicial system and how it is failing our people. He discusses how trial lawyers make plea bargains that allow the murder or rapist to go free. Bill feels that most of the lawyers are in a private club and they want us to pay our dues without becoming a member.
He reminds us of the Danielle van Dam trial and how the Westerfield's lawyers knew their client was guilty, because he offered to tell them where the body was located! So our justice system is not looking out for us.


Chapter 8-Minority Report

O'Reilly states that stealth racism is the main reason that inner-city neighborhoods are neglected and overlooked. He says there is suspicion and animosity between the police and many poor people. The fear invokes hostility between the two. He talks about when his grandfather was a policeman and how he skated around the system. He tells us that the minority "leaders" are not looking out for the people. Bill suggests that the local churches get involved and the clergy meet with the police liaisons to talk about dangerous situations.


Chapter 9-Errors in Judgement

Bill talks about his career and the wrong decisions he has made. He tells us we need to acquire personal discipline, a good education and have persistence in order to succeed in life. He tells us to keep our personal mistakes to a minimum and go with our gut feelings. I found this part hard to do. He tells us that chaos always creates chaos.


Chapter 10-Here's to You

His main thought in this chapter is to live your own life. He feels we need to be independent and practice tolerance. He tells us to take an honest look at ourselves and be willing to cut down on foolish mistakes. He says we should take good care of our body and develop our minds.


Bill has some very opinionated viewpoints. I do not think there is anyone that agrees with all of his ideas. But I must say that this book gave me a lot to think about.

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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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