Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-Bending: Celebrating America the Way It's Supposed to Be--With an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Mowing Our Lawn

Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-Bending: Celebrating America the Way It's Supposed to Be--With an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Mowing Our Lawn

by P. J. O'Rourke

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ISBN-13: 9780802199836
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 944,476
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Driving Like Crazy celebrates cars and author P. J. O’Rourke’s love for them, while chronicling the golden age of the automobile in America. O’Rourke takes us on a whirlwind tour of the world’s most scenic and bumpiest roads in trouble-laden cross-country treks, from a 1978 Florida-to-California escapade in a 1956 special four-door Buick sedan to a 1983 thousand-mile effort across Mexico in the Baja 1000 to a trek through Kyrgyzstan in 2006 on the back of a Soviet army surplus six-wheel-drive truck. For longtime fans of the celebrated humorist, the collection features a host of O’Rourke’s classic pieces on driving, including “How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink,” about the potential misdeeds one might perform in the front (and back) seat of an automobile; “The Rolling Organ Donors Motorcycle Club,” which chronicles a seven-hundred-mile weekend trip through Michigan and Indiana that O’Rourke took on a Harley Davidson alongside Car&Driver publisher David E. Davis, Jr.; his brilliant and funny piece from Rolling Stone on NASCAR and its peculiar culture, recorded during an alcohol-fueled weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1977; and an hilarious account of a trek from Islamabad to Calcutta in Land Rover’s new Discovery Trek.

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Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-Bending Celebrating America the Way It's Supposed to Be - with an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cad 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
JJS59 More than 1 year ago
P. J. O'Rourke republishes some of his best works of humor that involve owning, driving, crashing, and drinking in cars. Going back to his National Lampoon days, P. J. not only skirts the political-correctness line, he boozily dances back and forth across it. He writes the way we all wish we could speak in public. There are actually some real automotive industry history and commentary in between the laughs!
Sigma More than 1 year ago
I've always been a big P.J. O'Rourke fan, and I enjoyed reading this compendium of automobile "crazy" articles. The only drawback is that some of the articles are 20 or more years old, so the cultural/social context is now lost in the faded memories of generation "What me worry?"
TRabun More than 1 year ago
Funny, a bit irreverant, maybe a bit exaggerated (car tales like fishing tales...), did I say facetious, and a bit influenced by his mentor - David E. Made me laugh.
Nonesuch More than 1 year ago
A collection of various auto-related pieces from over the past 30 plus years with a few new comments and shorts added. I generally like O'Rourke's "smart ass" humor and found parts of this book to be LOL quality. But generally felt there were more valleys than hills on the humor rating scale. If you can buy used, or otherwise on the cheap, I would recommend it. Or of course, check it out from your public library before they are all closed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was overall pretty good. The humor in it kept me interested. Since cars are not really my thing i might not have enjoyed it as much as somebody else. Or becasue of my lack of background knowlegde i could have enjoyed it more. The book outlines firslty why Americans love cars and secondly about the fading industry of American made cars. The author takes you through some of the stories in his life where he meets some of the strangest people ever, in some of the worst places to explore the relationship of automobiles to humans and also becasue thats just where luck would have him be found at.
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bookloverdlMO More than 1 year ago
This book has to be good for something. I just don't know what. The author tried to be funny and witty. He failed in both. Book needs to be rated as a waste of money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. O'Rourke has, or at least used to have, a devastating sense of humour and a quick way with a word. Some of his earlier material in this book, such as the Car & Driver road test in Mexico, is genuinely funny. However, Mr. O'Rourke's politics are extremely right leaning and his sense of humour when it comes to those who do not share his views veers more towards bitter and nasty and not sarcastic and funny. There are entire sections of this book in which he is nothing but a cheap political pundit, name calling in the best Fox News manner. In other parts of the book he comes off as a cheap Hunter S. Thompson impression, but without the "funny." Mr. Rourke's automotive exploits are interesting but his retelling of them is less than that.
s2kguy More than 1 year ago
Boring stories compiled from former magazine articles. Most driving articles were based on his driving while stoned on drugs or booze. He should be dragged off to jail by MADD. Total waste of money and time. Threw it in the trash where it can be recycled into anything better.
KsK9 More than 1 year ago
This seems to be a compilation of articles from periodicals I read 20+ years ago. I suppose the younger crowd would find it funny, but I never even finished the book. It now resides on a shelf for someone else. P.J.......quit living the 60's and 70's (this coming from a 65 year old Vietnam vet).
oldmcandcar More than 1 year ago
Conglomeration of routine articles from auto and motorcycle magazines of 10-20 years ago. Includes all the jargon and crap that have ruined this genre' for most enthusiasts in the last few years. The stories and anecdotes are just as unbelievable as they were in the 70's.