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Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-bending, Celebrating… (2009)

by P. J. O'Rourke

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PJ O'Rourke is an American right wing political journalist and crazy libertarian. This book, in particular, reveals him as the US answer to Jeremy Clarkson, with the same iconoclastic sense of humour and ability to annoy the more sensitive among us. The book is mostly a compilation or retelling of magazine articles and the earlier stuff is better than what comes later. It's also interesting to see what he makes, thirty years on, of these early pieces.

By the end of the book he is driving across America in a station wagon with three kids and his wife and visiting national parks. Not quite as interesting as the earlier bits where he tells us that the most important criterion for choosing an off road car is that it should be a rental car. You can take it anywhere you like and getting back isn't really your problem.

The first half would probably rate four or five stars, but overall, only 3 and a half. ( )
  Philogos | Aug 15, 2011 |
The first part was very funny and I laughed out loud several times listening to it. But I think even the author gets bored with all the "car trip; lots of things break" stories and the humor really trails off. ( )
  MaryWJ | Dec 20, 2010 |
P.J. O'Rourke has been writing about driving for half his life, and his love for all things four (and, indeed, two) wheeled is evident in Driving Like Crazy, a funny, irreverent collection of insights compiled from his many car articles over thirty years. I've been reading his books for almost as long, and although not the foremost authority on this brand of 'Gonzo' journalism (that prize will always belong to the late, great Hunter S. Thompson) he is still one of the most entertaining humourists around. Even those who can't be classified as 'petrolheads' will find more laughs per page than a long list of the current bestsellers. ( )
  cliffagogo | Jun 24, 2009 |
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Yes, this book is a monument to slash-and-burn living, glorifying old cars whose miles-per-gallon ratings read like shoe sizes and indulgent off-road races conducted in fragile terrain. The thing is, you’ll hardly hear the cries of the rare lizards and cactuses being ground to extinction under O’Rourke’s tires because you’ll be laughing too hard. Sure, he’s personally responsible for the impending death of our race and planet, but at his best, as he is for about two-thirds of this volume, the guy’s hilarious.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802118836, Hardcover)

A collection spanning thirty years, chronicling famed humorist and gearhead P. J. O’Rourke’s love affair with the automobile from mid-twentieth century to now—from heyday to sickbay.

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A collection of O'Rourke's writings about cars for Car and Driver, Automobile, Esquire, Forbes, and other publications.

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