All the Trouble in the World: The Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Plague, Ecological Disaster, Ethnic Hatred, and Poverty


O'Rourke takes a look at a lighter side of overpopulation, famine, plague, multiculturalism, and other fashionable worries.
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O'Rourke takes a look at a lighter side of overpopulation, famine, plague, multiculturalism, and other fashionable worries.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Political humorist O'Rourke (Give War a Chance) takes a swipe at ``fashionable worries,'' reminding us that ``This is a moment of hope in history''-no more evil empire to threaten us. His contention that this is ``the best moment of all time'' and the U.S. is ``the best place to be'' is funny mostly in one-liners and anecdotes, but his larger arguments flag: while Miami's efforts at multiculturalism are worthy of parody, a field trip to ``multiculturalism in practice''-the war in Bosnia-is no real contrast. After skewering environmentalists, whom he accuses of crying wolf too often, the author visits the polluted Czech Republic to proclaim sophistically that collectivist government can't solve ecological problems. As usual, O'Rourke has a good eye for self-righteousness, but his libertarian reach exceeds his wisecracking grasp. (Oct.)
Library Journal
O'Rouke agains blasts politically correct thinking in a 150,000-copy first printing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871136114
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: O'Rourke, P. J.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 1,010,521
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2005

    Exposing Leftist Doomsayers

    P. J. O'Rourke has long been what conservatives need -- a smart counter-attack to traditional liberal cries of victimhood veiled in a wicked wit. In this volume, O'Rourke takes on all the heavyweights in Chicken Little's Annual Sky is Falling Contest, including famine, overpopulation, plague, and the rest of the apocalyptic horsemen. P. J. doesn't take the easy route and show pictures of starving orphans, nor does he break out the Ethiopian jokes. Instead, he goes deeper into the issues, talking not only to top theorists but also to those most affected by the issues. Not only is the result fascintaing reading, but as even the most casual reader can attest, O'Rourke's wit makes it a treat to read anything he writes, including perhaps his grocery list. Every page has at least one laugh-out-loud line, if not more. This book easily ranks with O'Rourke's other comic-political masterpieces Holidays in Hell and Parliament of Whores. Buy more than one copy, because when you loan this one out you won't be getting it back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    A must-read for everybody!

    This is a book for those fanatics who get twisted up about their cause (be it famine, overpopulation, world ecology, etc.). It is also a book for people who don't feel the need to be overexcited or over-fanatical about anything. I am to young too be a 'right winger' or a 'left winger,' and too involved with life to want to become either one (Who cares about my stance on famine in Somalia when I have to care about what's for dinner?), and this book is the same; neither left or right-winged. It IS something that both 'lefts' and 'rights' seem to shy away from, it is factual and fun. As the ancient Greeks prescribe, P.J.'s writings are moderate in all things; even in moderation. He is not out to make conservatives or liberals look silly (they can do that on their own). He simply takes a fact that seems impressive and compelling, compares it to a similar fact that is not so impressive or compelling, cracks out a few funny lines to help the reader remember the facts, and then asks 'Why are we all so determined to stress ourselves to death over this?' This book tends to offend those who have opinions not based in fact. So when the book hits you, it may be a little embarrassing to find out that all those things you've been screaming about since 1969, racism, war, famine, are not as bad as you enjoy pretending them to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002


    It debunks the psuedo science used by enviro-thugs like Al Gore. The beautiful use of common sense to expose the myths of the left brought tears to my eyes. Favorite chapter? Overpopulation. What a farce it is and how it's basically leftist racism. "Too much of them, just the right amount of us." This book is not right wing politics. It is common sense Libertarianism exposing the power grubbing doomsayers for what they are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    you may not always agree with him . . .

    I have been called liberal in the past, and some call me that now. However, PJ O'Rourke is a seriously funny sob, with a serious point. Do I always agree? No. Does he make valid arguements that make you think? Yes. Will he make you laugh til it hurts? Yes. Will you be hit in the next sentence with some very srious thoughts? Yes. A great book...ignore all the pinkos who say

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