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Parliament of Whores; A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government

O'Rourke, P. J.

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ISBN 10: 0871134551 / ISBN 13: 9780871134554
Published by The Atlantic Monthly Press [A Morgan Entrekin Book], New York, 1991
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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xx, 233, [3] pages. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Inscribed and dated by author on half-title page. Patrick Jake O'Rourke (born November 14, 1947), known as P.J. O'Rourke, is an American political satirist and journalist. O'Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio's game show Wait Wait. Don't Tell Me! Since 2011 he has been a columnist at The Daily Beast. In the UK, he is known as the face of a long-running series of television advertisements for British Airways in the 1990s. He is the author of 20 books, the best known of which are Holidays in Hell, a compilation of O'Rourke's articles as a free-lance foreign correspondent, All the Trouble in the World, an examination of current political concerns such as global warming and famine from a libertarian perspective. The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 states: O'Rourke's original reporting, irreverent humor, and crackerjack writing makes for delectable reading. He never minces words or pulls his punches, whatever the subject. Parliament of Whores is an international best-selling political humor book by P. J. O'Rourke published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1991. Subtitled "A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire US Government", Parliament is a scathing critique of the American system of governance from a conservative perspective. The hard cover version was a #1 New York Times bestseller, sold over 150,000 copies in its first two months of release, and earned over $1 million in revenue in the same time period. Parliament reached the top 5 on Canadian best seller lists. The book received an overwhelmingly positive critical reception. Time Magazine called it "a riotously funny and perceptive indictment of America's political system". The New York Times called it "a funnily savage attack on the political authorities of the United States". In a piece about its 1992 paperback release, USA Today described it as "the anthem of this political year" First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 74691

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Title: Parliament of Whores; A Lone Humorist ...

Publisher: The Atlantic Monthly Press [A Morgan Entrekin Book], New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Ross MacDonald (Jacket Illustration)

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Edition: 1st Edition

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A popular satirist leads readers on a humorous guided tour of the United States government

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If satirists are at their best when tussling with something they hate, then this is P.J. O'Rourke's masterpiece. He clearly hates government--and has hated it since before it was cool to do so--and for all the right reasons, too: it's clumsy, inefficient, hypocritical, greedy, and arrogant. In other words, it magnifies the faults of the poor saps who staff it. Parliament of Whores is the humorist's howl of bitter laughter at the entire bloated, numskulled mess. As befits an ex-editor of National Lampoon, nothing is out of bounds for O'Rourke. Speaking of the fabled "football"--that satchel that follows the president around 24/7--the author doubts there are really launch codes in there at all--nothing but "a copy of Penthouse and a pint bottle of Hiram Walker--a Penthouse from back in the seventies, when Penthouse was really dirty, I'll bet."

Parliament of Whores is perfect for anyone who longs to cultivate an entertaining brand of cynicism, to be "a lone voice--not crying in the wilderness, thank you, but chortling in the rec room." O'Rourke is a master at making you laugh in spite of the better angels of your nature, and the only negative thing to be said about this tour de force is that his flamethrower brand of satire leaves nothing in its wake--certainly not the suggestion of an improvement. --Michael Gerber

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