Old School

Old School

Life in the Sane Lane

Book - 2017
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Old School is in session.... You have probably heard the term Old School, but what you might not know is that there is a concentrated effort to tear that school down. It’s a values thing. The anti–Old School forces believe the traditional way of looking at life is oppressive. Not inclusive. The Old School way may harbor microaggressions. Therefore, Old School philosophy must be diminished. Those crusading against Old School now have a name: Snowflakes. You may have seen them on cable TV whining about social injustice and income inequality. You may have heard them cheering Bernie Sanders as he suggested the government pay for almost everything. The Snowflake movement is proud and loud, and they don’t like Old School grads. So where are you in all this? Did you get up this morning knowing there are mountains to climb―and deciding how you are going to climb them? Do you show up on time? Do you still bend over to pick up a penny? If so, you’re Old School. Or did you wake up whining about safe spaces and trigger warnings? Do you feel marginalized by your college’s mascot? Do you look for something to get outraged about, every single day, so you can fire off a tweet defending your exquisitely precious sensibilities? Then you’re a Snowflake. So again, are you drifting frozen precipitation? Or do you matriculate at the Old School fountain of wisdom? This book will explain the looming confrontation so even the ladies on The View can understand it.-- From publishers description.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Henry Holt & Co, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250135797
Branch Call Number: 320 O'REILLY
Characteristics: 178 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: O'Reilly, Bill
Feirstein, Bruce


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Sep 11, 2017

I enjoyed Mr. O'Reilly's historical writings far more. Maybe having grown up during the "Old School" era gives me a perspective on what this book hints at -- I found it to be entertaining for the most part, a little "full of itself" in some parts, and straying off the topic (in my humble opinion) in places. I frankly don't think it showcased his writing ability in the best light. If this had been my first O'Reilly reading, it might have been my only!

Jun 25, 2017

I thought this was just a fun diversion, an oasis in the heavy, serious news that we encounter every day. Of course, O'Reilly is a conservative and Fairstein is a liberal but they both represent what they call "Old School" values such as being on time, working for a goal, using one talents to do good work, etc. The method is mainly to observe and report the contrast between the values they (and we) grew up with and the values seen in pop culture. I would say, it is worth reading. If you find items that you disagree with, just disregard and continue to the next paragraph.

Jun 20, 2017

I have to agree with the commenter who asks if the others leaving comments have actually read the book (except for the part about whether they 'dare' read it). I have not, and I came to the comments to get some idea of how it is written, and whether there are any insights to be gained beyond the bombast I've experienced from his current live persona. Unfortunately all I got is more empty bombast from those opposed to his politics. Isn't this supposed to be a literary board? Anyone have anything useful to say about the actual construction and content of the book? At first glance, I would assume it's more of his political bombast, but as another commenter notes, he is a pretty decent political historian (of course one must account for his slant when reading his political histories, but that's always true, writers do not write in a vacuum), so...any opinions on the actual content? Anything worthwhile here?

debwalker Jun 02, 2017

Reprehensible conduct. But useful insights into how they think. Outside the echo chamber

May 14, 2017

Why is this listed as written by "Anonymous" when it is clearly authored by "Bill O'Reilly"?

May 09, 2017

"Sane lane", my ass! Fuck Bill O'Reilly and the horse he rode in on! He is a bastard of the first order, and he should never work in television again! No-spin zone, indeed!

May 08, 2017

I remember those days too. not much of value here just more o,reilly. I used to like him on TV until he started assuming the role of "Sage". Mayk be now he will tone down before I tune him out. He soes write rally great history books. Those are all great. He should do one on FDR, or Truman

Apr 20, 2017

Great Book!

Apr 19, 2017

Can't wait to read the next New York Times Best Sellers titled "Killing The Bill O'Reilly Factor."

Apr 14, 2017

But what about what the book had to say? What were its merits or demerits? Did you actually read it? Dare you read it?

I expected an in-depth critique of our public education system. Instead, "Old School" is a light-hearted discussion of world views between the two authors -- one conservative, the other liberal but both in favor of traditional values such as self-reliance, personal responsibility, and hard work. An easy, entertaining, but thought-provoking read.

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