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We demand way too much from our leaders and do way too little for ourselves. O'Rourke's latest should be required reading. In Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle against Tyranny, Injustice, and Alcohol-free Beer O'Rourke collects articles on a variety of topics, including his "Notes toward a Blacklist for the s," a satirical call for a new McCarthyism aimed at a wide range of irritating liberal types, and his coverage of the Persian Gulf War.
Chris Goodrich in Publishers Weekly noted that O'Rourke uses his humor to "write about subjects that border on the unspeakable. And I use myself as that fool—not that I'm not a fool, it's certainly an accurate persona in that respect—by making myself seem a little more ignorant of the situation than I actually am. O'Rourke is one of those fortunate souls. I read Give War a Chance … on a train from New York to Baltimore, and it made me laugh so hard that my fellow passengers started pointing and whispering….
It's the gift of a Kingsley Amis or an H. Mencken , and you either have it or you don't.
All the Trouble in the World: The Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Ecological Disaster, Ethnic Hatred, Plague, and Poverty , which O'Rourke published in , is a collection of essays wherein the author "assumes the role of libertarian praise singer, extolling the virtues of free markets and heaping scorn on the evils of clumsy, intrusive Big Government," according to Time writer Eugene Linden. Regardless of what liberal-minded environmentalists might argue, O'Rourke finds that, on the whole, the population of planet Earth has "never been better off and that doomsayers who exaggerate the threat of ecological collapse are motivated by self-interest and a socialist agenda," according to the critic.
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From Bangladesh's absurdist jute-growing policies to groups of U. Here he includes pieces from magazines as diverse as Car and Driver and National Lampoon , with political overtones spanning the gamut from leftist revolutionary to worldly, conservative pundit. Several poems, six short stories, a speech, and other commentary are included among the forty-five works collected. O'Rourke tackled no less a subject than the distribution of global wealth in 's Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics.
This book seeks to answer the author's question, "Why do some places prosper and thrive while others just suck? In Russia, meanwhile, where chess is a spectator sport, they're boiling stones for soup.
By the end of the book, the author "has a pretty good idea why some countries prosper and why others just suck," wrote Max Schulz of Reason. As always, O'Rourke espouses his conservative political views in between barbs at Bill Clinton and a trip down memory lane in which he writes about his grandfather, who rose from poverty to become a successful car dealer in Ohio. Written after September 11, , and after the U. Some critics noted that O'Rourke's satire seemed tame compared to his previous books, yet still contained his trademark wit. American Spectator , September, , Edward H. Government , pp.
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