Nation's Most Popular History Author Is... Bill O'Reilly

He's got the top two best-sellers in hardcover books

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 25, 2012 8:00 AM CST

(Newser) – The New York Times takes note of what it calls a rare feat on its best-seller lists: Bill O'Reilly owns the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in hardcover nonfiction. It's impressive enough to score the top two in paperback, but doing so in hardcover is tougher because it means an author has cranked out new books to rule the charts. In O'Reilly's case, his Killing Lincoln has been No. 1 for 65 weeks, and now his Killing Kennedy, released in October, has moved into second place.

O'Reilly teams with fellow author Martin Dugard on his history books, with Dugard doing most of the research and O'Reilly most of the writing. “I work harder now than I have ever worked in my life, which is kind of insane,” says O’Reilly. The Times has more on his furious writing pace and "nobody-edits-me" mantra here.

An undated photo provided by Henry Holt and Company shows the cover the book Killing Kennedy:  The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.
An undated photo provided by Henry Holt and Company shows the cover the book "Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot" by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.   (AP Photo/Henry Holt and Company)
This 2009 file photo shows Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly.
This 2009 file photo shows Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, file)
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