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The author of the book: P.J. O'Rourke
Edition: Grove Press
Date of issue: 2003
ISBN 13: 9780871135209
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"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.
But rather that than the shadowy, silent types like Oliver North, Dick Cheney or any of the boys at Lehman Brothers who are probably all heroes to P.J. O'Rourke.
As any right thinking person also knows though, humor is so much more important than politics though, so I forgive him 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.'
That last statement, by the way, is probably the best compliment O'Rourke could ever give. He obviously doesn't travel to the American mid-West very often.
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. The communist Ortega was corrupt and 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 at 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.'
The only thing he seems to detest more than Communism is Charity. His lambasting of the Live Aid musicians is very 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.
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 just tell myself that, because he is always cracking jokes, he must be joking.
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Read information about the authorPatrick Jake "P. J." O'Rourke is an American political satirist, journalist, writer, and author. O'Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio's game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. Since 2011 O'Rourke has been a columnist at The Daily Beast. In the United Kingdom, he is known as the face of a long-running series of television advertisements for British Airways in the 1990s.
He is the author of 20 books, of which his latest, The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again), was released January 2014. This was preceded on September 21, 2010, by Don't Vote! – It Just Encourages the Bastards, and on September 1, 2009, Driving Like Crazy with a reprint edition published on May 11, 2010. According to a 60 Minutes profile, he is also the most quoted living man in The Penguin Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations.