Peace Kills by P. J. O'Rourke
America's Fun New Imperialism

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With his latest national best seller, Peace Kills, P.J. O'Rourke casts his ever-shrewd and mordant eye on America's latest adventures in warfare. Imperialism has never been more fun.
To unravel the mysteries of war, O'Rourke first visits Kosovo: "Wherever there's injustice, oppression, and suffering, America will show up six months later and bomb the country next to where it's happening." He travels to Israel at the outbreak of the intifada. He flies to Egypt in the wake of the 9/11 terrorists' attacks and contemplates bygone lunacies. "Why are the people in the Middle East so crazy? Here, at the pyramids, was an answer from the earliest days of civilization: People have always been crazy." He covers the demonstrations and the denunciations of war. "A moral compass needle needs a butt end. Wherever direction France is pointing-toward collaboration with Nazis, accommodation with communists, existentialism, Jerry Lewis, or a UN resolution veto-we can go the other way with a quiet conscience." Finally he arrives in Baghdad with the U.S. Army and, standing in one of Saddam's palaces, decides, "If a reason for invading Iraq was needed, felony interior decorating would have sufficed."
 

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. 234 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Business & Economics, Self Help. Non-fiction

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O'Rourke has made a career out of telling people off. As a foreign correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and Rolling Stone,

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O'Rourke's book does many of the things a conservative bestseller is supposed to do: it's irreverent, in-your-face and often offensive (Hillary Clinton: "the furious harridan on the White House third floor").

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Readers aren't necessarily supposed to support the O'Rourke view here --- sow the ground with salt, sell the population into slavery, roast the Baath party over a slow fire --- but, having gotten this far, will be treated to the cutting rhetoric, quick wit, and outrageous conduct of America's gre...

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(Wink, wink, patriotic gulp of pride.) So why not indulge in a little crusading among the world's oppressed nations on your next holiday?In post-Slobodan Milosevic Kosovo, he finds weary bureaucrats in need of more garbage containers, and, in Israel, a huge drop in tourism two problems that can-...

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