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Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice and Alcohol-Free Beer Paperback – April 27, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (April 27, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679742018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679742012
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Political humorist O'Rourke is even more clever abroad than on the home front, as these sparkling dispatches reveal. A 12-week PW bestseller in cloth.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The politically incorrect O'Rourke will likely hit best-sellerdom again in this follow-up to Parliament of Whores ( LJ 6/1/91). The Gulf War, the death throes of communism, drug testing, the Middle East, and the Nicaraguan elections receive O'Rourke's often hilarious conservative/gonzo analysis, as seen in Rolling Stone , American Spectator , and other magazines. Somewhat less successful, because they border on the mean-spirited, are pieces on the Kennedys, the Carters, Lee Iacocca, and other liberal lights. Even if you reject his conclusions regarding these issues and individuals, you can't help but laugh at O'Rourke's deflating of some sacred cows along the way.
- Pamela R. Daubenspeck, Warren-Trumbull Cty. P.L., Warren, Ohio
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

P. J. O'Rourke was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and attended Miami University and Johns Hopkins. He began writing funny things in 1960s "underground" newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world's only trouble-spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other "Holidays in Hell" in more than 40 countries. He's written 16 books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. His book about Washington, Parliament of Whores, and his book about international conflict and crisis, Give War a Chance, both reached #1 on the New York Times best-seller list. He is a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard, H. L. Mencken fellow at the Cato Institute, a member of the editorial board of World Affairs and a regular panelist on NPR's Wait... Wait... Don't Tell Me. He lives with his family in rural New England, as far away from the things he writes about as he can get.

Customer Reviews

If you are a PJ O'Rourke fan, or new to his writing, you will enjoy this book.
G. Walt Murray
The great thing about O'Rourke is that it doesn't matter what your particular political ideology is; this is just funny, smart, and well researched humor.
Ch3w33
I bought this book at a library book sale, intending to read it then donate it back for resale.
Lance R. Reichert

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is insightful, witty, and hilarious. O'Rourke certainly has a biased point of view and glosses over any argument that would say he's wrong (while insulting his opponents, often personally and unfairly), but he makes a strong case for war, capitalism, and freedom.
Some of his comments during the 1991 Gulf War regarding the differences between Sunni and Shiite Muslims seem out of date given September 11, but are interesting nonetheless. I wouldn't have expected someone in the Gulf at that time to see what was coming.
He does a great job of exposing the evils of communism and extolling the virtues of fighting against tyranny. Enjoy!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CD Harris on November 25, 1999
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As a big fan of O'Rourke, it's hard to choose one best book but, if I had to, it would be this one. Will provide a great introduction to his work for those unfamiliar with it and a lot of fun for those who already know him. O'Rourke is known as a conservative yet you won't find him proselytizing here (well, not much and never directly). Rather, he brings his capacious wit and remarkable ability to entertain and inform at the same time to a variety of topics. The reader will laugh out loud and learn a few things at the same time.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By nto62 on May 29, 2001
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I brought this book to a weekend getaway with a rather affluent and leftward leaning family I once knew. As I read it upon the veranda, the patriarch of this family spied the title and, assuming my outlook to be just slightly shy of fascism (I didn't inherit wealth), took the main title, "Give War a Chance", quite literally. Of course, Olympia Snowe is a fascist to these folks, so it was with no small amount of amusement that I unveiled the true meaning of the title to my inquisitor. Sarcasm, an O'Rourke mainstay, is apparently lost on the Leftist without elucidation.
O'Rourke blends his libertarian tendencies with his wry sense of humor to produce yet another uproarious look at the human condition. Give War a Chance is on par with earlier stellar O'Rourke attempts such as Parliament of Whores or Eat the Rich. You don't need to agree with the man to laugh with him and there is the added edification one may glean from political counterpoint. For Libertarians, there is no commentator more enjoyable or satire more cutting. O'Rourke has an eye for irony.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on May 18, 2000
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P.J. O'Rourke is a humorist and one of the most eloquent mainstream advocates of Libertarianism around. O'Rourke believes the Jefforsonian axiom that government is best that governs least. In pursuit of that truth, he travels around the world looking for examples that prove his point. All of that, however, is secondary to the fact that he's a damn funny writer who enjoys tweaking liberals, which he does with the very title of this book. Regardless of your polictical opinion on the Gulf War, you will find O'Rourke's take amusing and informative. And as for the alcohol free beer? Well, some things are better left unsaid.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Thompson on August 12, 2006
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The title is brilliant, his humor just right, and I always appreciate a fellow libertarian.

Mostly, his book is common sense. War is often a necessary evil that has produced more peace than anything else. Rich taxpayers and the Marine Corps do more for world peace than the 1% of Ben & Jerry's profits that are set aside for that purpose - but then that's stating the obvious, isn't it?

Plus, always relying on diplomacy is naïve, unrealistic (remember Hitler?). People are inherently evil, not good.

And I never knew that O'Rourke used to be a "long-haired peace creep" back in the 60s, although it makes him more authentic. He's been on the Other Side, so he knows what they believe firsthand, making him an excellent critic, far more knowledgable than people who have been either strict liberals or strict conservatives for their entire lives. A "reliable narrator."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1998
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Conservative political writers (and their liberal colleagues) tend to be shrill and vitriolic. O'Rourke in contrast uses humor and the results are devastating to his targets. He has a gift for stripping away the self-importance and pomposity of his political opponents and exposing their laugable essence. My favorite pieces in this book are his review of Iaccoca's autobiography and his recounting of the Nicaraguan election in 1990. No political writer is as funny as O'Rourke and this book contains some of his best work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. D Lawson on August 19, 2005
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A solid and very funny look at the crazy folks of the 3rd world. I really enjoyed this man's work and his wickly funny observations about this crazy old world of ours.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2003
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Having been in many parts of the world which O'Rourke describes, I find his conclusions very accurate and worthy of reading over and over. He has been to these places, participated in their activities, and spoken to individuals from opposing sides. He is funny (though sometimes too vulgar for some people's taste) and his humor is not bitter. Though the reader may be unfamiliar with some of the names of people and events in history O'Rourke uses to illustrate things, the author is still able to make his points. His writing style with rich vocabulary is refreshing in a time when political writings read like children's essays. Overall, a very educational read.
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