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A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity - A Memoir

Bill O'Reilly

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. Brigid's 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. 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 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. Brigid's parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William O'Reilly 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 O'Reilly and providing him with the title of his brash 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 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, a

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. Brigid's 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. 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 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. Brigid's parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William O'Reilly 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 O'Reilly and providing him with the title of his brash 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 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, a
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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. Brigid's 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. 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 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. Brigid's parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William O'Reilly 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 O'Reilly and providing him with the title of his brash 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 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, a

Language:

English

Length:

7h 13m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:02


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:15


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:15


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:41


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:52


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:26


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:17


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:30


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:45


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:38


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:20


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:19


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:37


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:01


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:30


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

01:15


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:54


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:51


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:45


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:26


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:03


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:20


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:50


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:03


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:07


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:24


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:58


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:59


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:52


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:21


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:19


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:51


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:41


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:01


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:42


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:01


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:06


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:08


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:45


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:37


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:57


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:56


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:45


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:56


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:27


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:42


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:48


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:16


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

02:09


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:11


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:12


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:48


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:00


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:01


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:54


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:45


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:43


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:51


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:22


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:12


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

02:29


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:09


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:45


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:56


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:00


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:48


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

02:07


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:01


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:39


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:17


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:35


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:05


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

00:27