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Republican Party Reptile: The Confessions, Adventures, Essays, and (Other) Outrages of... Paperback – September 29, 1995
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Still, this entire effort was greatly redeemed by a few pieces that were absolutely spot on. One was "Ship of Fools" in which our intrepid reporter signed up for a cruise ship tour on the Volga in the USSR, based on an ad he'd read in "The Nation" magazine. He joins up with myriad groups of American leftists whose desire to see Soviet life in the best possible light overwhelms any qualities of observation or common sense they might happen to possess.Read more ›
For those of you unfamiliar with P.J. O'Rourke, be warned: P.J.'s humor is not for everybody. He is outspokenly politically incorrect, and can be downright insulting to those who disagree with him politically. What I find to be his saving grace on that score is that he doesn't seem to take himself or those who DO agree with him terribly seriously, either. So if you're politically to the left of Spiro Agnew, and easily offended, this book is not for you. But if you're thick-skinned enough to be able to recognize humor even when it's insensitive and coming from someone you disagree with, there truly is a great deal of very funny material here.
If you're only going to read one book by P.J. O'Rourke, this shouldn't be it. It should be "Parliament of Whores", unquestionably his best. But if you've tried that and liked it, you may enjoy this as well.
I've howled over this collection (which also contains the first of PJ's brilliant travel pieces, which have come to dominate his writing for Rolling Stone) innumerable times. Pour some iced Stoli, kick back and enjoy.
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Yes its dated, but think of it as sorely needed historical perspective. From the above mentioned asticle, I will always remember two scenes; first visiting the "Motherland"... Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Saber Bob
It's great to get re-reminded of the source of our problems. LIBERALS. Politicians never seem to get it. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Jack Dukleth
This book is a collection of tongue-in-cheek political essays and satires. No one does this quite as good as P. J. O'Rourke except for the late Molly Ivins. Read morePublished on June 12, 2009 by Fairbanks Reader - Bonnie Brody
P.J. O'Rourke is what a Republican used to be about--the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. Small government and small industry. Read morePublished on February 3, 2004 by Newt X
So far, I've had the pleasure of being an O'Rourke reader for this one and Parliament of Whores (more will no doubt follow). Read morePublished on January 11, 2004 by Michael Fridman
P. J. O'Rourke is an incredibly funny writer and incisive commentator on the contemporart scene. This collection of essays, while from a libertarian point of view, should be found... Read morePublished on September 1, 2002 by Charles E. Joubert