Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics

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Pan Macmillan, Nov 11, 2011 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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P.J. sets off on a world tour to investigate funny economics. Having seen ‘good’ capitalism on Wall Street, he looks at ‘bad’ capitalism in Albania, views ‘good’ socialism in Sweden and endures ‘bad’ socialism in Cuba. The result is the world’s only astute, comprehensive and concise presentation of the basic principles of economics that can make you laugh on purpose.

‘P.J. O’Rourke is the acceptable face of US Republican arrogance. He sneers so irresistibly, you cough up your liberal guts laughing’ Observer

‘The first thing you learn about O’Rourke is this: he cannot turn off his mirth valve. Such is the severity of P.J.’s condition, the only person to have more entries in The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations is Oscar Wilde. This makes O’Rourke either the funniest man alive, or the wittiest heterosexual of all time . . . In Eat the Rich, O’Rourke’s ninth book, he squares up to the daunting topic of the world’s wealth: who has it, who hasn’t and why’ Mail on Sunday

‘P.J. at his scathing best . . . This is economics for the uninitiated’ Irish News

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User Review  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

P'J's very funny take on economics through observations ranging from a visit to the trading floor of NYSE to travels to Sweden, Russia, Tanzania, Cuba and Hong Kong in the late 90s. Read full review

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User Review  - JohnPhelan - LibraryThing

Essentially a long Douglass North article or short Acemoglu & Robinson book, O'Rourke's message is 'institutions matter'. This is the book I'd suggest if someone asked me 'Which one economics book should I read?' Read full review

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About the author (2011)

P. J. O'Rourke is the bestselling author of ten books, including Eat the Rich, Give War a Chance, Holidays in Hell, Parliament of Whores, All the Trouble in the World, The CEO of the Sofa and Peace Kills. He has contributed to, among other publications, Playboy, Esquire, Harper's, New Republic, the New York Times Book Review and Vanity Fair. He is a regular correspondent for the Atlantic magazine. He divides his time between New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.

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