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If satirists are at their best when tussling with something they hate, then this is P.J. O'Rourke's masterpiece. He clearly hates government--and has hated it since before it was cool to do so--and for all the right reasons, too: it's clumsy, inefficient, hypocritical, greedy, and arrogant. In other words, it magnifies the faults of the poor saps who staff it. Parliament of Whores is the humorist's howl of bitter laughter at the entire bloated, numskulled mess. As befits an ex-editor of National Lampoon, nothing is out of bounds for O'Rourke. Speaking of the fabled "football"--that satchel that follows the president around 24/7--the author doubts there are really launch codes in there at all--nothing but "a copy of Penthouse and a pint bottle of Hiram Walker--a Penthouse from back in the seventies, when Penthouse was really dirty, I'll bet."
Parliament of Whores is perfect for anyone who longs to cultivate an entertaining brand of cynicism, to be "a lone voice--not crying in the wilderness, thank you, but chortling in the rec room." O'Rourke is a master at making you laugh in spite of the better angels of your nature, and the only negative thing to be said about this tour de force is that his flamethrower brand of satire leaves nothing in its wake--certainly not the suggestion of an improvement. --Michael Gerber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As a conservative, political humorist O'Rourke ( Holidays in Hell ) can get on liberals' nerves with his mindless characterization of environmentalists as "tree huggers" or his mockery of Jesse Jackson's "daft notions." Then again, any satirist who compares George Bush to Captain Kangaroo and would lop millions from the military budget can't be accused of partisan target practice. O'Rourke's basic theme--there's too much government, and what government we have is tremendously inefficient and wasteful--reverberates through his vitriol, as he takes readers through a congressman's typical day, unmasks the hollow charade of presidential conventions and offers squibs on the savings-and-loan bailout, the war on drugs, housing policy, the Supreme Court, etc. Loosely organized as a civics textbook, these essays at their best are deadly accurate, very funny and on-target, a purgation of the Augean stables of American politicswhew! .
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
P.J. O'Rourke writes engaging nonfiction with the flair and page-turning pace of a seasoned novelist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G.J.
O'Rourke's satirical analysis oddly comes through with genuinely authentic moments and brutally honest reflections on our government officials and procedures.Published 2 months ago by J Mo 21
One does not know how the world of government works until you read this. Made me sick to my stomach.Published 5 months ago by Johnny Judge
He cites evidence for statements that seem reasonable. But his addiction to cute little jokes gets really tiresome.Published 5 months ago by Lacey
Sad commentary on the way our democracy functions. Amazing that it functions at all.Published 6 months ago by Craig Litchfield
I have no idea why PJ gets scoffed at with his brief yet accurate diatribes against price supports and entitlements, he is very non-partisan (ever hear of him on FOX NEWS)? Read morePublished 6 months ago by john moyers