A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity

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Hardcover, Bantam Dell Pub Group, 2008, ISBN13 9780767928823, ISBN10 0767928822

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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 parents had remanded me to the penal institution of St. Brigids School in Westbury, New York, a cruel and unusual punishment if there ever was one.

Already, I had barely survived my first two years at St. Brigids because I was, well, a little nitwit. Not satisfied with memorizing the Baltimore Catechisms 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 eye, and uttered words I have never forgotten: William, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity.

And she was dead-on.

One day in 1957, in the third-grade classroom of St. Brigids parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William OReilly and said, William, 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 OReilly and providing him with the title of his brash and entertaining issues-based memoir.

And this time its personal. In his most intimate book yet, OReilly goes back in time to examine the people, places, and experiences 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 church, and his schools, and how his views on Americas 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 humor and self-deprecation with which he handles one of his core subjects: himself, and just how OReilly became OReilly.

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Publisher: Broadway Books
Publish Date: Sep 23, 2008
ISBN-13: 9780767928823
ISBN-10: 0767928822
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.5 x 6.1 x 0.9
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Happy with delivery and Price! Will definitely be a return customer!

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Excellent read
12/28/2008

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Enjoyed reading this book....bought 5 as Christmas gifts.

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Wonderfully Written
1/4/2009

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Baby Boomers will love this book. If you remember your childhood with fondness and sometimes long for the good old days you will enjoy this book.

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