Holidays in Hell by P. J. O'Rourke
In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World's Worst Places and Asks, "What's Funny About This" (O'Rourke, P. J.)

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Now available from Grove Press, P. J. O'Rourke's classic, best-selling guided tour of the world's most desolate, dangerous, and desperate places. "Tired of making bad jokes" and believing that "the world outside seemed a much worse joke than anything I could conjure," P. J. O'Rourke traversed the globe on a fun-finding mission, investigating the way of life in the most desperate places on the planet, including Warsaw, Managua, and Belfast. The result is Holidays in Hell--a full-tilt, no-holds-barred romp through politics, culture, and ideology. P.J.'s adventures include storming student protesters' barricades with riot police in South Korea, interviewing Communist insurrectionists in the Philippines, and going undercover dressed in Arab garb in the Gaza Strip. He also takes a look at America's homegrown horrors as he braves the media frenzy surrounding the Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Washington D.C., uncovers the mortifying banality behind the white-bread kitsch of Jerry Falwell's Heritage USA, and survives the stultifying boredom of Harvard's 350th anniversary celebration. Packed with P.J.'s classic riffs on everything from Polish nightlife under communism to Third World driving tips, Holidays in Hell is one of the best-loved books by one of today's most celebrated humorists.

About P. J. O'Rourke

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P. J. O?Rourke is the author of twelve books, including Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance, both of which were #1 New York Times best sellers. His most recent book is the best seller On the Wealth of Nations.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 276 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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O'Rourke, self-styled ""Republican Party Reptile"" (as he titled his last collection of humorous pieces), now takes us on a well-lubricated tour of hell—all those hot-spots around the world that saner sorts avoid like plague.

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Patrick Jake "P.J." O'Rourke is often called a humorist, but the term has become a stretch. I bet he's sick of it by now. Sure, he writes many things that make you laugh, but he rarely writes just for laughs. One reason for this is his aging audience. Mr. O'Rourke used to be the managing editor o...

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San Francisco Chronicle

I was delighted then to see O'Rourke's 13th book, "Holidays in Heck: A Former War Correspondent Experiences Frightening Vacation Fun," sitting where I like him best - out of the shooting gallery of political humor and in the living room of the ordinary grump.

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The Daily Beast

In a 2015 conversation with Mercatus Center and George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen (who shares his anxieties about a slowdown in technological advance), Thiel claimed, “It’s not at all clear that we’re living in anything resembling a democracy.” Rather, he suggested, the representative...

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The National

This time, rather than dodging bullets, it's tourists and a nagging family that he's doing his bit to avoid and each chapter of Holidays in Heck is a recollection of a non- work-related trip that O'Rourke has experienced (or rather, endured).

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