Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government
A #1 New York Times bestseller: “An everyman’s guide to Washington” by the savagely funny political humorist and author of How the Hell Did This Happen? (The New York Times).
P. J. O’Rourke’s Parliament of Whores has become a classic in understanding the workings of the American political system. Originally written at the end of the Reagan era, this new edition includes an extensive foreword by renowned journalist Andrew Ferguson—showing us that although the names may change, the game stays the same . . . or, occasionally, gets worse.
Parliament of Whores is a “gonzo civics book” that takes us through the ethical foibles, pork-barrel flimflam, and Beltway bureaucracy, leaving no sacred cow unskewered and no politically correct sensitivities unscorched (Chicago Tribune).
“Insulting, inflammatory, profane, and absolutely great reading.” —The Washington Post Book World
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - datrappert - LibraryThing
O'Rourke tells it like it is (except that it has gotten even worse since he wrote this book). This would be funnier if it weren't so depressing. Read full review
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My reactions to reading this book in 1991. O'Rourke communicates a great deal of information about U.S. government. You find out exactly what the truly hard-working congressmen do all day. They work ... Read full review
THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
THE WINNERS GO TO WASHINGTON DC
THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT MONEY TELEVISION AND BULLSHIT
THE SUPREME COURT
HOW TO ENDOW PRIVATION
HOW TO TELL YOUR ASS FROM THIS PARTICULAR HOLE IN THE GROUND
VERY FOREIGN POLICY
CRY HAVOC AND LET SLIP THE HOGS OF PEACE
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS THE ORIGINAL BARREL OF MONKEYS THAT NOTHING IS MORE FUN THAN
THE NATIONAL MARCH FOR HOUSING NOW
THE SAVINGSANDLOAN CRISIS
THE FEDERAL BUDGET
OUR GOVERNMENT WHAT THE FUCK DO THEY DO ALL DAY AND WHY DOES IT COST SO GODDAMNED MUCH MONEY?
THE WHIFFLE LIFE
AT HOME IN THE PARLIAMENT OF WHORES