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on September 2, 2011
If you're a fan of PJ O'Rourke, you'll be disappointed as although he's on song and in form, in 2009 this stuff sounds so tired now. His schtick was great back in the '80s (let's face facts, it's hard to top Holidays In Hell) but in the 21st century, I was expecting more.
Frankly, he's as relevant to humor now as Rolling Stone magazine is to rock music.
Also, the theme is not exactly a winner no matter what you think about cars. This is like a book for all those people who loved the 1950s. Who doesn't love muscle cars but an entire book of humor on driving? Seriously?
I much prefer my PJ when he travels the globe and skewers the bleeding hearts. This is far too "American-centric" and I guess it's an example of PJ's retreat away from the trouble spots of the world to the comfort of his car and the insular nature of American travel. If ever a time was needed for PJ to hit the global trail it is this post-9/11 world. Then he'd go out on top.
This book just came across like a rehash or updated version of various articles he wrote where the theme was cars therefore it's a book! Did zip for me.