• Age and Guile

    The political humorist shares his transformation from dirty hippie to conservative middle-aged grouch: ???An incorrigible comic gift??? (The New York Times Book Review)., ,The 1 New York Times???bestselling author of Give War a Chance was at one time a raving pinko, with scars on his formerly bleeding heart to prove it. In Age and Guile: Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut, P. J. O???Rourke chronicles the remarkable trajectory that took him from the lighthearted fun of the revolutionary barricades to the serious business of the nineteenth hole., ,How did the O???Rourke of 1970, who summarized the world of ???grown-ups??? as ???materialism, sexual hang-ups, the Republican party, uncomfortable clothes, engagement rings, car accidents, Pat Boone, competition, patriotism, cheating, lying, ranch houses, and TV??? come to be in favor of all of those things? What caused his metamorphosis from a beatnik-hippie type comfortable sleeping on dirty mattresses in pot-addled communes during his days as a writer for assorted ???underground??? papers? Here, O???Rourke shows how his socialist idealism and avant-garde aesthetic tendencies were cured, and how he acquired a healthy and commendable interest in national defense, balanced budgets, Porsches, and Cohiba cigars., ,From a former editor-in-chief of National Lampoon and frequent NPR guest, this hilarious essay collection shows that there???s hope for all those suffering from acute bohemianism.

  • Eat the Rich

    A New York Times bestseller: ???The funniest writer in America??? takes on the global economy (The Wall Street Journal)., ,In this book, renowned political humorist P. J. O???Rourke, author of Parliament of Whores and How the Hell Did This Happen? leads us on a hysterical whirlwind world tour from the ???good capitalism??? of Wall Street to the ???bad socialism??? of Cuba in search of the answer to an age-old question: ???Why do some places prosper and thrive, while others just suck???? With stops in Albania, Sweden, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Tanzania, O???Rourke takes a look at the complexities of economics with a big dose of the incomparable wit that has made him one of today???s most refreshing commentators., ,???O???Rourke has done the unthinkable: he???s made money funny.??? ???Forbes FYI, ,???[O???Rourke is] witty, smart and???though he hides it under a tough coat of cynicism???a fine reporter . . . Delightful.??? ???The New York Times Book Review

  • Give War a Chance

    The 1 New York Times bestseller from ???one of America???s most hilarious and provocative writers . . . a volatile brew of one-liners and vitriol??? (Time).,Renowned for his cranky conservative humor, P. J. O???Rourke runs hilariously amok in this book, tackling the death of communism; his frustration with sanctimonious liberals; and Saddam Hussein in a series of classic dispatches from his coverage of the 1991 Gulf War.,On Kuwait City after the war, he comments, ???It looked like all the worst rock bands in the world had stayed there at the same time.??? On Saddam Hussein, O???Rourke muses: ???He???s got chemical weapons filled with . . . with . . . chemicals. Maybe he???s got The Bomb. And missiles that can reach Riyadh, Tel Aviv, Spokane. Stock up on nonperishable foodstuffs. Grab those Diet Coke cans you were supposed to take to the recycling center and fill them with home heating oil. Bury the Hummel figurines in the yard. We???re all going to die. Details at eleven.??? And on the plague of celebrity culture, he notes: ???You can???t shame or humiliate modern celebrities. What used to be called shame and humiliation is now called publicity.???,Mordant and utterly irreverent, this is a modern classic from one of our great political satirists, described by Christopher Buckley as being ???like S. J. Perelman on acid.???,???Mocking on the surface but serious beneath . . . When it comes to scouting the world for world-class absurdities, O???Rourke is the right man for the job.??? ???Los Angeles Times Book Review,???The funniest writer in America.??? ???The Wall Street Journal