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About the Author

P. J. O'Rourke was born in Toledo, Ohio on November 14, 1947. He received a B. A. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a M.A. in English from Johns Hopkins University. He worked for the magazine National Lampoon, eventually becoming editor-in-chief. He received a writing credit for National show more Lampoon's Lemmings which helped launch the careers of John Belushi and Chevy Chase. In 1981, he left the magazine to write screenplays including Rodney Dangerfield's Easy Money. He contributes regularly to several magazines including Playboy, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The American Spectator, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, The Weekly Standard, and Rolling Stone. He is the author of 20 books including Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, All the Troubles in the World, Don't Vote! - It Just Encourages the Bastards, and How It Got That Way (And It Wasn't My Fault) (And I'll Never Do It Again). (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by P. J. O'Rourke

Holidays in Hell (1989) 1,278 copies
Eat the Rich (1998) 1,122 copies
All the Trouble in the World (1994) 994 copies
Give War a Chance (1992) 905 copies
On the Wealth of Nations (2007) 739 copies
Republican Party Reptile (1987) 587 copies
The CEO of the Sofa (2001) 486 copies
Holidays in Heck (2011) 124 copies
None of My Business (2018) 57 copies
National Lampoon Sunday Newspaper Parody (1978) — Editor — 49 copies
National Lampoon 1964 High School Yearbook Parody (1974) — Editor — 45 copies
National Lampoon: Another Dirty Book (1979) — Editor — 21 copies
National Lampoon: Comics (1974) — Editor — 13 copies
Why I Am A Conservative (1996) 3 copies
Manual de malos modales (1990) 2 copies

Associated Works

The Best American Travel Writing 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 345 copies
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Contributor — 206 copies
The Best American Travel Writing 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 205 copies
The Best American Travel Writing 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 190 copies
This Is NPR: The First Forty Years (2010) — Contributor — 185 copies
The Best American Science Writing 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 90 copies
The Weekly Standard: A Reader: 1995-2005 (2005) — Contributor — 47 copies
Why I Am a Reagan Conservative (2005) — Contributor — 43 copies
Road Trips, Head Trips, and Other Car-Crazed Writings (1996) — Introduction — 26 copies
Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing (1996) — Contributor — 24 copies
Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio (2006) — Contributor — 22 copies
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contributor — 21 copies

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The material is great, but huge swaths of the 2005 paperback reprint have been completely re-typeset and just look wrong.
 
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LazloNibble | 1 other review | Feb 9, 2024 |
The author has studied Adam Smith's seminal work of the 18th century (1776), and interpreted it in modern terms so that the rest of us are spared that ordeal. The result is a light, quirky, humorous account of the main strands of the treatrise, which as is well known, rests on two principles, the division of labor and specialisation, and the 'hidden hand' of free market exchanges to maximise satisfaction.
 
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Dilip-Kumar | 17 other reviews | Dec 22, 2023 |
Amusing bits, but not one of his best
 
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nordie | 5 other reviews | Oct 14, 2023 |
Most interesting for me were O'Rourks's writings about Adam Smith, about what Smith really said about morality and business. Smith would not have been a neo-liberal.
 
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