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Posted September 15, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2000
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 otherwise...lolWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.