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In the spirit of his savagely funny and national best-seller Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance is P. J. O'Rourke's number one New York Times best-selling follow-up. O'Rourke runs hilariously amok by tackling the death of Communism, sanctimonious liberals, and America's perennial bad guy Saddam Hussein in a series of classic dispatches from his coverage of the 1991 Gu In the spirit of his savagely funny and national best-seller Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance is P. J. O'Rourke's number one New York Times best-selling follow-up. O'Rourke runs hilariously amok by tackling the death of Communism, sanctimonious liberals, and America's perennial bad guy Saddam Hussein in a series of classic dispatches from his coverage of the 1991 Gulf War. Here is our most mordant and unnervingly funny political satirist on: Kuwait City after the Gulf War: "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 ... 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 up with home heating oil. Bury the Hummel figurines in the yard. We're all going to die. Details at eleven."


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In the spirit of his savagely funny and national best-seller Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance is P. J. O'Rourke's number one New York Times best-selling follow-up. O'Rourke runs hilariously amok by tackling the death of Communism, sanctimonious liberals, and America's perennial bad guy Saddam Hussein in a series of classic dispatches from his coverage of the 1991 Gu In the spirit of his savagely funny and national best-seller Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance is P. J. O'Rourke's number one New York Times best-selling follow-up. O'Rourke runs hilariously amok by tackling the death of Communism, sanctimonious liberals, and America's perennial bad guy Saddam Hussein in a series of classic dispatches from his coverage of the 1991 Gulf War. Here is our most mordant and unnervingly funny political satirist on: Kuwait City after the Gulf War: "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 ... 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 up with home heating oil. Bury the Hummel figurines in the yard. We're all going to die. Details at eleven."

30 review for Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice, and Alcohol-Free Beer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hai Quan

    Greeting! Peace be with you. I wish you are well and good.Please use all precautions to stay safe in this difficult time of this , according to the failed Emperor T , pandemic from Chinese Virus, but of course don't inject yourself with laundry soap, especially, according to T, Chinese Soap. WARNING: THIS REVIEW contains strong condemnation statements , not suitable for your faint heart .Skip if you don't possess a tough mind. That said, let's take a break from all the worry and indulge into some l Greeting! Peace be with you. I wish you are well and good.Please use all precautions to stay safe in this difficult time of this , according to the failed Emperor T , pandemic from Chinese Virus, but of course don't inject yourself with laundry soap, especially, according to T, Chinese Soap. WARNING: THIS REVIEW contains strong condemnation statements , not suitable for your faint heart .Skip if you don't possess a tough mind. That said, let's take a break from all the worry and indulge into some laughter session with me and a co-host , the seasoned big ass celebrated satirist P J O'Rourke .The material used, not unsurprisingly , is this book. I said laughter but, as in Vietnamese parlance, we use a term that means "laugh with tear falling down" ! Therefore, have a hanky ready. Right on the introduction text appears next to the book cover seen in GR website, we see ...." ....America perennial BAD guy Sadam Hussein..." ( My emphasis) Whoever the hell penned this intro, ( Ways after the Iraq fiasco) he/she must be one of O'Rourke's fan, who shares with him his crooked sentiment about the evil Iraq invasion by Satan Emperor GWB Jr. I have no problem with branding Sadam as a bad guy.But so is GWB Jr ! This blatant bias makes the author of said intro, together with this book's author either delusional or dimwitted.I tend to think the latter : They both possess a brain of DOGS. Here we are : Laughing uproariously with tears streaming down ! ( Tears for thousands of snuffed lives) (*) well , okay, I have no problem with rescuing tiny Kuwait rabit from the Iraq tiger, but if Sadam wanted to screw extremely evil Israel Lion and benign Iran Leotard, W(hy)TF the US ruling gang should care ? AIN'T all of these ruling gangs have, for more than 7 decades , been going around and screwing a dozen of countries internationally ? WTF is this high horse paternalistic self-rightous venom ? ******** Next to the above is a quote of O'Rourke : "...He's got chemical weapons filled with ....chemicals May be he's got The Bomb.And missiles that can reach Ryad, Tel Aviv and Spokane..." "He" here indicates Sadam. The Iraq invasion was on March 2003, this book was published October 2003, six months after that invasion ! They couldn't find ain't no WMD ! What a snake ! ( O'Rourke ,of course, ) That's not all In an interview by Elizabeth Shelburne of The Atlantic, Dec 1 , 2003 ( Culture section) , to answer a question posed by Shelburne, this snake spited out the following venom : " .....vast area of Iraq are very peaceful and have been rid of disgusting and repressive government.The other thing is everyone talk about Iraq of being not stable.But when it was stable it attacked Isreal 1967 , in 1973 it attacked Iran ,it attacked Kuwait , it fostered terrorism in the Middle East.....Who want a stable Iraq ? It's better for us and in a way, better for the world....." I have read The Fall Of Baghdad by Anderson and have written a review. Firstly, Anderson is an independence reporter unlike this snake O'Rourke, a hired pen by the virtue of being an "embedded" , presumably with the US military authority 's permission. Secondly, if I am only guessing that Anderson is sympathetic to the underdogs wherever they are, while O'Rourke is undisputedly ( in fact a self-proclaimed) conservative who has sold his sorry soul to The Power That Be : All of 'em Wicked Emperors, the like of GWB Jr. Lo and behold, said Anderson book is a absolute refute to O'Rourke lies cited previously about the Iraq monstrous tragedy courtesy of Satan GWB Jr.This tragedy , after two decades since it was unleashed by said wicked Emperor is still ragging with no end in sight.! To avoid repetition, I won't elaborate about Anderson's .Interested readers are advised to check it out and/or glancing thru my book review .. Suffice to say briefly here that according to Anderson's , the majority of Iraqis were extremely angry, disgusted and deeply hated the US invasion and occupation of their country. I would like to repeat previous statements marked (*) above: Hey O'Rourke, rescuing tiny Kuwait from Sadam's paw is fine with me, but W(hy)TF should you care about Sadam's attempting and planning to screwing Israel and Iran ? Ain't your bosses ,'em POTUS have been from 1930 until now, almost a century, sending armed serfs around the whole world to F ****K coloured people? W(hy) TF you ain't say none about it ? As I have intimated previously .This political satirist snake can make you laugh with his exquisite gosh writings but for people with concience, they laugh with tears streaming down their cheeks.! For thousands of the corpses of non-white civilians strewing about in the third world countries ' landscape and hundreds of cities reduced to rubble courtesy of the US army! ***** LAWYERS & U.S. MARINE CORPS In the Introduction this viper spites out the following venom : ".....The........lawyer making $500,000 a year will.......put $100,000 into the public coffers.That's $100,000 worth of education, charity or U.S Marine .And the Marine Corps does more to promote world peace ...." Incredible ! In just a short passage this snake has glamorised the most despicable and destructive "professions" : Lawyer and mercenary ! Except for a rare number of courageous and conscientious lawyers who regconise this justice system is working only to protect the well to do, if not wealthy minority who is exploiting and blood sucking the dumb underdog class AND heroically sacrify their comfortable lives to defend 'em scewed downtroddened whenever they come across , THE MAJORITY of 'em lawyer are selling their bodies and souls to 'em highest bidders , 'em filthy moneyed bandits and blood suckers . That's why people group 'em lawyers with 'em hookers It's not surprising that this viper O'Rourke is clapping his hands praising one of his kind, 'em lawyers. Likewise, it's ain't difficult to understand the reason he , in said short passage glorifies 'em mercenary the Marines as , of all of the God forsaken virtues , PROMOTING world PEACE !! I am on my knees now friends and my face is heavenwarding, to offer my thankful appreciation for the Godsend U.S. MARINE CORPS , who were really good soldiers , but were unwittingly , and no doubt hesitantly participating in the evil world hegemonic enterprise of 'em Wicked Emperors resulting in horrific massacres of millions of "savages" worldwide WITH NO END IN SIGHT !!! O'Rourke , 'em hired guns promote WHAT ? W(hat) TF are you blabbing about ? 'Em hired guns promote World Peace by gunning down all unarmed villagers including women and babies, actually anything that move, including domestic animal ? Godamn you idiot scumbag. ***** Friends, I am really distressed that I am poisoning your days !! I know ! My apology ain't no use to you ! Thanks for reading. ( temporary pause, will be back) ( it's not a requirement, but it's advisable to check out my reviews of O'Rourke's All The Problems On The World. and Peace Kills. ........)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Raegan Butcher

    This guy is one of the funniest writers ever. I enjoy it when he pops off with lines such as describing the blandness of Dr Ruth as "...like fighting evil with room freshener." I don't always agree with him on a lot of things but his writing style is such that I always learn something (!) and I always end up laughing out loud.Great stuff! This guy is one of the funniest writers ever. I enjoy it when he pops off with lines such as describing the blandness of Dr Ruth as "...like fighting evil with room freshener." I don't always agree with him on a lot of things but his writing style is such that I always learn something (!) and I always end up laughing out loud.Great stuff!

  3. 5 out of 5

    John Galt

    PJ slays me. I wish I had read this when it was first published, since its all a bit dated. Still funny as hell.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Interesting book but pretty outdated. P. J. O'Rourke is always good for a laugh, though, regardless of the material. Interesting book but pretty outdated. P. J. O'Rourke is always good for a laugh, though, regardless of the material.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Perry Whitford

    "No one has ever had a fantasy about being tied to a bed and sexually ravished by someone dressed as a liberal." No indeed. Not even Casanova, the Maquis de Sade or Jane Fonda. But I feel sorry for anyone who has ever had the same fantasy about a neo-conservative. Does P.J. O'Rourke dream of being tightly restrained and horse-whipped by Paul Wolfowitz? Like any decent thinking person, I don't agree with much of what P.J. O'Rourke writes. But like any person who likes a decent laugh, I love reading "No one has ever had a fantasy about being tied to a bed and sexually ravished by someone dressed as a liberal." No indeed. Not even Casanova, the Maquis de Sade or Jane Fonda. But I feel sorry for anyone who has ever had the same fantasy about a neo-conservative. Does P.J. O'Rourke dream of being tightly restrained and horse-whipped by Paul Wolfowitz? Like any decent thinking person, I don't agree with much of what P.J. O'Rourke writes. But like any person who likes a decent laugh, I love reading him. The above quotation ends a typically hilarious introduction in which he sticks it to his favorite fall-guys. Sure, liberals can be boring and you wouldn't want to be ravished by one. Certainly, as O'Rourke claims, liberals can be sanctimonious and like to lecture you. I'd still rather be horsewhipped naked through Arlington Road by the sanctimonious Clintons than the corrupt likes of Oliver North, Dick Cheney or any of the boys at Lehman Brothers, heroes one and all in Republican circles. As any right thinking person also knows, humor is so much more important than politics. As such I forgive P. J. for his deficiencies in that area. Jimmy Carter never made me laugh, but neither did George Bush Snr. At least not intentionally. P.J. O'Rourke, however, could make Meher Baba laugh. Foe example, here is his twin description of the East and West Berliners after a visit there immediately after the wall came down: 'The Easterners looked like Pleistocene proto-Germans, as yet untouched by the edifying effects of Darwinian selection. West Germans are tall, pink, pert, and orthodontically correct ... Except for the fact that they all speak English pretty well, they're indistinguishable from Americans.' In Nicaragua he gloats at the sight of a disappointed Bianca Jagger after the US-backed Violetta Chammoro defeated Daniel Ortega in their first democratic election. Ortega was a communist and therefore no good for the country. For the record, Chammoro's campaign funds were illegally obtained and her economic policies were a disaster for the country. Or should I say for the poor of the country. But who gives a damn about them, right P.J.? Of course he was in seventh heaven when Communism copped it, and around this time he got to see a lot of that. 'It's impossible to get decent Chinese takeout in China, Cuban cigars are rationed in Cuba, and that's all you need to know about Communism.' Quite. The only thing he seems to detest more than Communism is Charity. His lambasting of the Live Aid musicians is admittedly extremely funny, a deconstruction of the chorus from the execrable 'We Are the World' single being particularly rib-tickling. The book ends with a series of dispatches from the Gulf states during the first war with Iraq (you know, the one that made sense), 'the first war ever covered by sober journalists'. It was also the first war where the American citizens at home watching CNN knew more about what was going on than the reporters at the front. Incredulously, by way of praise for the American soldiers he quotes an experienced medical officer who notes how better they are than those in Vietnam. Really? Could that be because all the American soldiers in Kuwait were, like, er, soldiers, whereas those in Vietnam were - like P.J. - merely civilians, who - unlike P.J. - didn't turn chickenshit when they were drafted? Yet at his best (worst?) I can't think of another journalist as chauvinistic, patronizing, wrong-headed and thoroughly entertaining as P.J. O'Rourke. I like to convince myself that because he is always cracking jokes, he must be joking.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    "Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice, and Alcohol-Free Beer" is a collection of P.J. O'Rourke's various writings from the late 1980's and early 1990's. If you grew up during the Reagan Years, you'll probably remember many of the stories in this collection from when they were current events--especially various foreign affairs stories (Iran-Contra, e.g.). O'Rourke also takes jabs at famous books from the era (Lee Iacocca's autobiography, and a bo "Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice, and Alcohol-Free Beer" is a collection of P.J. O'Rourke's various writings from the late 1980's and early 1990's. If you grew up during the Reagan Years, you'll probably remember many of the stories in this collection from when they were current events--especially various foreign affairs stories (Iran-Contra, e.g.). O'Rourke also takes jabs at famous books from the era (Lee Iacocca's autobiography, and a book penned by former President and First Lady, Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter). To me, one of the funniest parts of the book is the party games he's invented to play using the Carters' book. It's...well, you'd just have to read it. The book's biggest section concerns the events leading up to The Persian Gulf War, as well as the war itself. The war--if you recall--was the first one really televised live. O'Rourke gives behind the scenes details of how the press coverage really worked, as well as some horrifying situations he encountered during his time there. To us--more than a quarter-century after most of these stories were originally published--"Give War a Chance" is most-valuable as an eyewitness historical perspective. O'Rourke's adventures have led him through more than enough dangerous situations. The real value to fans of the author is his rich, funny prose. It takes a special skill to inject humor into war coverage, for example, but P.J. O'Rourke manages to do just that. He balances his oft-irreverent style with in-depth reporting, without being overly frivolous. The age and length of these stories would normally earn three stars from me. But I'm giving it four, just because P.J. O'Rourke is so damn funny. Recommended (Mainly for P.J. O'Rourke fans, and those with interest in that time period's big stories.)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kent

    More very funny stuff from PJ. The first parts of the book deal with his experiences in Eastern Europe and Russia, incl. prophetically his time in Georgia, after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Very good stuff. Then it drags when he goes over to Kuwait during Desert Shield (1990 - early 1991). Mostly because there was nothing going on, and the military prevented them from reporting on the nothing going on. Then he finishes strong with the aftermath of the crushing Iraqi defeat and their flight from K More very funny stuff from PJ. The first parts of the book deal with his experiences in Eastern Europe and Russia, incl. prophetically his time in Georgia, after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Very good stuff. Then it drags when he goes over to Kuwait during Desert Shield (1990 - early 1991). Mostly because there was nothing going on, and the military prevented them from reporting on the nothing going on. Then he finishes strong with the aftermath of the crushing Iraqi defeat and their flight from Kuwait due to Desert Storm in 1991. Kudos to PJ for being there and risking his life to report via his razor-sharp wit.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Peter rock

    this book is worth a look "i believe i speak for everyone in the room today when i say that we all wish to see the day that dictators and tyrants are no more" president ronald regan this is inh honor of the entire garrigan clan but especially theresa and john garrigan there parents mr and mrs garrigan who used to work at "sunrise house" and also john lawerence garrigans wife sarah garrigan and john's 2 sons micheal and jimmy garrigan. smile world america loves you we just want you to shower more this book is worth a look "i believe i speak for everyone in the room today when i say that we all wish to see the day that dictators and tyrants are no more" president ronald regan this is inh honor of the entire garrigan clan but especially theresa and john garrigan there parents mr and mrs garrigan who used to work at "sunrise house" and also john lawerence garrigans wife sarah garrigan and john's 2 sons micheal and jimmy garrigan. smile world america loves you we just want you to shower more often and pay your fuckin bills and do not bomb us again fuckheads! peter rock "deer skinner" Campbell

  9. 4 out of 5

    Richard Schwindt

    Yeah, I lean centre left like a lot of people who read PJ and like a lot of people I love his books. His humour is difficult to resist and it probably says something that we centre lefty people laugh when we read about his travels and adventures. I suspect he speaks to the dark moments we all have, frustration with venal politicians, political correctness, etc. Still, he's funny, I read. This book finds him returning to campus, hunting in Canada and investigating environmental screw ups in the f Yeah, I lean centre left like a lot of people who read PJ and like a lot of people I love his books. His humour is difficult to resist and it probably says something that we centre lefty people laugh when we read about his travels and adventures. I suspect he speaks to the dark moments we all have, frustration with venal politicians, political correctness, etc. Still, he's funny, I read. This book finds him returning to campus, hunting in Canada and investigating environmental screw ups in the former Czechoslovakia, among many other things. Best read with a dry martini at your elbow and a Cuban cigar in the house until your wife catches you.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Walt Murray

    This was a fun book to read, which is odd for a book on war. O'Rourke describes, in his unique way, the first Gulf War (and various other subjects). The review of the Jimmy and Roz Carter book, and the associated drinking game, are worth the price of the book. Thankfully he takes the time to expose Carter for the numbskull he really is. That is refreshing in a time when the mainstream media treat the second worst President of my lifetime like he is some foreign policy guru. BONUS: he takes on the This was a fun book to read, which is odd for a book on war. O'Rourke describes, in his unique way, the first Gulf War (and various other subjects). The review of the Jimmy and Roz Carter book, and the associated drinking game, are worth the price of the book. Thankfully he takes the time to expose Carter for the numbskull he really is. That is refreshing in a time when the mainstream media treat the second worst President of my lifetime like he is some foreign policy guru. BONUS: he takes on the sham of alcohol-free beer.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David

    Hold onto your hats, we're in for a bumpy ride. Some might find O'Rourke a war mongering apologist for the military industrial machine of mega-wealthy corporate USA. This is one of the reasons I like him. He wrote lot's of stuff for the Harvard Lampoon, until they became so politically correct they lost their sense of humour. The facts never get in the way of a good story. The facts here have never been successfully refuted by lefty inclined mung bean sandal wearing peace lovers. This is also fun Hold onto your hats, we're in for a bumpy ride. Some might find O'Rourke a war mongering apologist for the military industrial machine of mega-wealthy corporate USA. This is one of the reasons I like him. He wrote lot's of stuff for the Harvard Lampoon, until they became so politically correct they lost their sense of humour. The facts never get in the way of a good story. The facts here have never been successfully refuted by lefty inclined mung bean sandal wearing peace lovers. This is also funny.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stanley

    If you are a bleeding heart, Al Gore, Oprah and Obama loving liberal, I don't recommend reading this book (though I really wish you would). And, just because I loved it, doesn't mean I'm a Republican either. I'm not. If you are sick of the left and right, I'd highly recommend digging into the psyche of P.J. O'Rourke. He may just change the way you vote in the next election. Non-party people unite! We may still have a chance. If you are a bleeding heart, Al Gore, Oprah and Obama loving liberal, I don't recommend reading this book (though I really wish you would). And, just because I loved it, doesn't mean I'm a Republican either. I'm not. If you are sick of the left and right, I'd highly recommend digging into the psyche of P.J. O'Rourke. He may just change the way you vote in the next election. Non-party people unite! We may still have a chance.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dan Ragsdale

    Notwithstanding its, shall we say, insensitive title, it hard not to want to read a book written by "one of the most quoted living men in the Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations." So far I am finding this early nineties account to be a howlingly funny lesson in relatively recent history. Although his is clearly a dyed-in-the-wool conservative, no one in his sights, on the left, right, or middle road, is safe from his acerbic tongue lashings. Notwithstanding its, shall we say, insensitive title, it hard not to want to read a book written by "one of the most quoted living men in the Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations." So far I am finding this early nineties account to be a howlingly funny lesson in relatively recent history. Although his is clearly a dyed-in-the-wool conservative, no one in his sights, on the left, right, or middle road, is safe from his acerbic tongue lashings.

  14. 5 out of 5

    grundoon

    2.5 As seems to usually be the case, hit-and-miss, and seemingly more on the miss end in this collection due to dialing up the bitter nastiness. Ah, the proud neo-Libertarian "humor". Man I hope he gets over the hard on he has for the Carters – I mean, I grew up inside the Beltway during the Carter administration, and I've never so much as heard of anybody with 10% the passion about them, much less solely of the ugly, mocking hatred variety. 2.5 As seems to usually be the case, hit-and-miss, and seemingly more on the miss end in this collection due to dialing up the bitter nastiness. Ah, the proud neo-Libertarian "humor". Man I hope he gets over the hard on he has for the Carters – I mean, I grew up inside the Beltway during the Carter administration, and I've never so much as heard of anybody with 10% the passion about them, much less solely of the ugly, mocking hatred variety.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Funny. If you have to choose read Parliament of Whores. Funnier and more thoughtful. Quotes: Liberals have invented whole college majors - psychology, sociology, women's studies - to prove that nothing is anybody's fault." "Government isn't a philosophical concept, it's a utility, a service industry - a way to get roads built and have Iraqis killed." Funny. If you have to choose read Parliament of Whores. Funnier and more thoughtful. Quotes: Liberals have invented whole college majors - psychology, sociology, women's studies - to prove that nothing is anybody's fault." "Government isn't a philosophical concept, it's a utility, a service industry - a way to get roads built and have Iraqis killed."

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Somers

    A series of articles written by the worlds only funny republican written from strife torn parts of the world. He says lots of things I don't agree with but the way he says them is brilliant. Loved his coverage of the first gulf war and his article on Paraguay made me want to learn more about the history of the country.Excellent. A series of articles written by the worlds only funny republican written from strife torn parts of the world. He says lots of things I don't agree with but the way he says them is brilliant. Loved his coverage of the first gulf war and his article on Paraguay made me want to learn more about the history of the country.Excellent.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    O'Rourke is hilarious, but while he's a great demolitions expert on generalized stupidity, he's as effective at coming up with workable solutions as a U.N. task force on poverty. He seems to have an, "everyone and everything is stupid, except me and America, and I'm not so sure about us" outlook. Honest sure, but this man needs Jesus. O'Rourke is hilarious, but while he's a great demolitions expert on generalized stupidity, he's as effective at coming up with workable solutions as a U.N. task force on poverty. He seems to have an, "everyone and everything is stupid, except me and America, and I'm not so sure about us" outlook. Honest sure, but this man needs Jesus.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mark Speed

    Whether you agree or disagree with P.J.'s views, you'll find his writing funny. These are opinions, rather than facts. This is what the right wing in America has become - not factual arguments, but pleading rants. The worst of them rabble-rouse and spread misinformation. At least P.J. does it with a wry smile and a flash of wit. Whether you agree or disagree with P.J.'s views, you'll find his writing funny. These are opinions, rather than facts. This is what the right wing in America has become - not factual arguments, but pleading rants. The worst of them rabble-rouse and spread misinformation. At least P.J. does it with a wry smile and a flash of wit.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Cline

    This is a collection of articles, many written for Rolling Stone magazine, mostly from 1989-1991. Many cover the first Gulf War. It's like stepping back in time 25 years - Saddam Hussein, the Soviet Union, Kuwait. It's kind of eerie, reading about what happened before the mess we're in now. At least O'Rourke is amusing. This is a collection of articles, many written for Rolling Stone magazine, mostly from 1989-1991. Many cover the first Gulf War. It's like stepping back in time 25 years - Saddam Hussein, the Soviet Union, Kuwait. It's kind of eerie, reading about what happened before the mess we're in now. At least O'Rourke is amusing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    kranti

    i just picked it up as any other book to turn pages on. bu tto my astonishment, i found it genuinely funny and the o'rourke guy gets going against any one and everyone anywhere. very humorous and conveys a meaning attached along. suggested for all! i just picked it up as any other book to turn pages on. bu tto my astonishment, i found it genuinely funny and the o'rourke guy gets going against any one and everyone anywhere. very humorous and conveys a meaning attached along. suggested for all!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    II couldn't even finish it. I like O'Rourke. He's an a**, but a smart and funny a**. But this book just annoyed me no end. I wanted to like it since I really liked "Holidays in Hell." Eventually I gave up on it. II couldn't even finish it. I like O'Rourke. He's an a**, but a smart and funny a**. But this book just annoyed me no end. I wanted to like it since I really liked "Holidays in Hell." Eventually I gave up on it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    David lin

    This book had a lot of political humor and gave the unheard side of the story. O'rourke is foul and curses a lot, but his points are proven and he is a very smart guy. This got me intrested in a lot of issues in the early-mid 90's This book had a lot of political humor and gave the unheard side of the story. O'rourke is foul and curses a lot, but his points are proven and he is a very smart guy. This got me intrested in a lot of issues in the early-mid 90's

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I was reading this book at a U.S. Marine base in Iraq when a senior officer rushed over to me and began reciting passages from memory, cracking up as he did so. Very few writers are that good. One of the greatest collections of first-person reportage of all time.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    I probably would have given this book 4 stars had I read it right after it was written in the early 90's. Having said that, it is still pretty damn funny.Books like these always remind me that history repeats itself. I probably would have given this book 4 stars had I read it right after it was written in the early 90's. Having said that, it is still pretty damn funny.Books like these always remind me that history repeats itself.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Cross

    I know this book was written many years ago but I recently picked it up at a garage sale and I am glad I did. It's part humorous romp and part history lesson. I really enjoyed it and I plan to explore more of PJ's books in future. I know this book was written many years ago but I recently picked it up at a garage sale and I am glad I did. It's part humorous romp and part history lesson. I really enjoyed it and I plan to explore more of PJ's books in future.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I would have given this four stars had I read it closer to when it was published. The bits on the recently collapsed USSR were interesting, but the bulk of the Gulf War coverage was not as intriguing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    Only ok, some parts were funny. Most of it I think I would have appreciated more if I had lived through the events he is thrashing. Then again some parts were hilarious. At least the last bits about the war were transferable. I guess war doesn't change. Only ok, some parts were funny. Most of it I think I would have appreciated more if I had lived through the events he is thrashing. Then again some parts were hilarious. At least the last bits about the war were transferable. I guess war doesn't change.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

    The funniest old school Reagan Republican. His writings and observations are interesting as much and they are humorous. Some of this book is quite dated. But the inside look at the embattled parts of the world at that time and how they really functioned is interesting.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Juanita

    Any idea what a "foot impelled bi-directional transport asset" is? Read page 187 to discover what normal people (as opposed to the U.S. Army) would call it. An interesting look at the changing face of warfare and many of its inanities. Don't know why we bother? Any idea what a "foot impelled bi-directional transport asset" is? Read page 187 to discover what normal people (as opposed to the U.S. Army) would call it. An interesting look at the changing face of warfare and many of its inanities. Don't know why we bother?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robert JA Basilio Jr.

    P. J. O'Rourke shows you can be funny despite being conservative. P. J. O'Rourke shows you can be funny despite being conservative.

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