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11/17/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

New York Times Reviews O'Reilly's Book: "A Self-Help Tract...To Help You Become More Like Mr. O'Reilly"

When Bill O'Reilly published "Culture Warrior," his sixth book of nonfree advice since 2000 (he also wrote a 1998 novel), Publishers Weekly suggested that the warrior might be experiencing "battle fatigue." Not so. Mr. O'Reilly's books sell briskly. Therefore he must keep on writing more of them.

His latest, while dotted with enough childhood anecdotes to qualify it as a memoir, is essentially a self-help tract. "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity" is Mr. O'Reilly's effort to help you become more like Mr. O'Reilly.

To achieve that, you must first understand who the author is. By his own reckoning, he is a force for good in a world full of miscreants who need correcting. He is also "one of the most controversial human beings in the world," a self-appointed vigilante who is blessed with the "crusader mentality that often makes my TV program hum."

What makes him so well equipped to rail against evil and agitate for justice? "I was born with it," he says. "I have never taken a writing class or a public-speaking seminar. It was just there."

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