The timing of Bill O’Reilly’s latest best-selling book could hardly be more awkward.
The book, “Old School,” is billed as a defense of traditional values, and includes advice on how men should treat women respectfully, not as sex objects. The book went on sale the same week The New York Times reported that Mr. O’Reilly, the Fox News host, had settled suits with five women who had accused him of sexual harassment or verbal abuse.
While Mr. O’Reilly’s critics have pounced on the appearance of hypocrisy — “Loved the part about how to treat women! This guy’s the worst!” one Amazon reviewer wrote — many of his die-hard fans might not care.
“Old School,” which came out on March 28 and was written with Bruce Feirstein, sold 67,500 copies in its first week, according to NPD BookScan, which tracks 85 percent of the print market.
It will debut at No. 1 on the New York Times’s hardcover nonfiction best-seller list on April 16