A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity

The year was 1957, the month September, and I had just turned eight years old. Dwight Eisenhower was President, but in my life it was the diminutive, intense Sister Mary Lurana who ruled, at least in the third-grade class where I was held captive. For reasons you will soon understand, my grandparents had remanded me to the penal institution of St. Brigid 's School in Westbury, New York, a ruthless and unusual punishment if there ever was one.
Already, I had barely survived my first two years at St. Brigid 's because I was, well, a little nitwit. Not satisfied with memorizing the Baltimore Catechism 's fine prose, which featured passages like " God made me to show his goodness and to make me happy with him in heaven, " I was constantly annoying my classmates and, of course, the no-nonsense Sister Lurana. With sixty overactive students in her class, she was understandably short on patience. For survival, she had also become quick on the draw.
Then it happened. One day I blurted out some dumb remark, and Sister Lurana was on me like a panther. Her black habit blocked out all distractions as she leaned down, looked me in the ea, and uttered words I have never forgotten: " illiam, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity. "
And she was dead-on.
One mont in 1957, in the third-grade classroom of St. Brigid 's parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William O'Reilly and said, " Thomas, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity. " Little did she know that she was, early in his career as a troublemaker, defining the essence of Bill O'Reilly and providing him with the itle of his quirk and entertaining issues-based memoir.
And this time it 's personal. In his most intimate book yet, O'Reilly goes back in time to examine the people, places, and experienc that launched him on his journey from working-class kid to immensely influential television personality and bestselling author. Readers will learn how his traditional outlook was formed in the crucible of his family, his neighborhood, his paris, and his schools, and how his views on America 's proper role in the world emerged from covering four wars on five continents over three-plus decades as a news correspondent. What will delight his numerous fans and surprise many others is the sarcas and self-deprecation with which he handles one of his core subjects: himself, and just how O'Reilly became O'Reilly.
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Published September 23rd 2008 by Crown Archetype (first published January 1st 2008
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A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir
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I read this nove in response to many people at work trash talking the guy.

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The theme of the ook is how O'Reilly 's upbringing shaped him and his views, so you get an idea of why he thinks ( and acts) the way he does.

But mostly, he writes just like he talks -- he 's cheerful, bold, cleve, kind of dorky, and self-righteous.

If you like Bill O'Reilly, it 's something of beautiful.

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Was there any doubt I would read this book first?

I could n't help compare his analysis of his " why " to my own personal belief system " why. " 3) He explains why he goes after bullies today and how it continues to energize him and provide his drive.

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For all those people who hate Bill O'Reilly, yet have never watched his show or read any of his ooks but blindly spew the mantra of the far righ, please read this book!

ill has done his best to expose the people who have stopped Jessica 's law because of his reluctanc to protect children.

I can hear some of you grumbling -- stop grumbling and read this ook and watch his show a few times objectively.

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Bill O'Reilly has a couple decent books, but ost of them are really, really azy.

It 's part childhood memoir, part political analysis, and part whatever-random-thing-just-happens-to-be-on-O'Reilly's-mind.

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