Pinheads and Patriots by Bill O’Reilly

June 10, 2011

Summary (from the publisher): When Bill O’Reilly interviewed then-Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential elections, the two had a lively debate about the nation’s future.

Since that time, America has changed rapidly some would even say seismically. And many believe these shifts are doing more than just rocking the political and social climate; they’re rocking the American core.

What are these changes? Who, in addition to President Obama, have been the biggest forces behind them? What exactly do they mean for you, the everyday American citizen? How are they affecting your money, health, safety, freedom, and standing in this nation? Which are Pinheaded moves and which are truly Patriotic? In his latest spirited book, O’Reilly prompts further debate with the President and the American people on the current state of the union.


  • I have read O’Reilly’s past books and find his writing style enjoyable. It is straightforward and direct, and he doesn’t resort to flowery prose and overblown metaphors to get his point across. That can be refreshing at times.
  • This book had a few interesting tidbits about some of the special deals that were made in order to get Obamacare passed. Remember when Obama came into office and promised “change” and “transparency”? Ha ha ha!!!


  • The entire last chapter about O’Reilly’s 2008 interview with Obama, complete with updated analysis from Bill, was tedious and a waste of time. I skimmed/skipped that part.
  • Some of the people O’Reilly labeled as pinheads didn’t really deserve that distinction. I felt this was done primarily because Bill disagreed with their position, and not because they had done anything pinheaded.
  • O’Reilly pumped himself up too much at various points throughout the book. I notice that he does this in most of his books, and while I gave him a pass on this tendency in his memoir A Bold, Fresh Piece of Humanity, I found it tiresome here. Yeah, we get it, Bill. You’re awesome. Now please stop reminding us in every book!
  • I had to wonder why O’Reilly focused so much on historical figures rather than current politicians. Was he scared of stirring up some controversy? And where was his take on Sarah Palin? I can’t believe someone as polarizing as her would be left out of a book like this. Maybe he had nothing good to say about her and just didn’t want to piss off their mutual employer FOX News.

I usually like Bill O’Reilly’s books, but this one fell way short of expectations. I guess it was just too tall a task to try to keep a single meme interesting throughout an entire book. I give Pinheads and Patriots 2 stars out of 5.

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