All the Trouble in the World: The Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Ecological Disaster, Ethnic Hatred, Plague, and Poverty

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Social Science - 340 pages
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With All the Trouble in the World, P. J. O'Rourke once again landed on best-seller lists around the country, confirming his reputation as the pre-eminent political humorist of our time. Attacking fashionable worries - all those terrible problems that are constantly on our minds and in the news, but about which most of us have no real clue - P. J. crisscrosses the globe in search of solutions to today's most vexing issues, including overpopulation, famine, plague, and multiculturalism, and in the process produces a hilarious and informative book which ensures that the concept of political correctness will never be the same again. "One of the funniest, most insightful, dead-on-the-money books of the year." - Los Angeles Times; "All the Trouble in the World is O'Rourke's best work since Parliament of Whores." - The Houston Post; "The dispatches are unfailingly funny....Mr. O'Rourke gets to the heart of the matter with a steady stream of wisecracks....Economists, political scientists and sociologists are inclined to approach the ills of society with regression analysis. P. J. O'Rourke just points and laughs. Not surprisingly, it is Mr. O'Rourke who gets it right." - The Washington Times; "Bottom line: Buy the book." - The Wall Street Journal.
 

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User Review  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

This book entailed a tour of the world's most prominent basket cases, Somalia, Bangladesh and Haiti and some of the lesser afflicted but nonetheless gravely affected ones such as Vietnam and Czech ... Read full review

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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

My reactions to reading this book in 1994. As in his Parliament of Whores, O’Rourke makes libertarian/conservative arguments in popular, humorous satiric prose. As in that earlier book, O’Rourke is ... Read full review

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Contents

FASHIONABLE WORRIES If Meat Is Murder Are Eggs Rape?
1
OVERPOPULATION Just Enough of Me Way Too Much of You
19
FAMINE All Guns No Butter
65
ENVIRONMENT The Outdoors and How It Got There
97
ECOLOGY Were All Going to Die
143
SAVING THE EARTH Were All Going to Die Anyway
193
MULTICULTURALISM Going from Bad to Diverse
225
PLAGUE Sick of It All
265
ECONOMIC JUSTICE The Hell with Everything Lets Get Rich
309
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P. J. O'Rourke was born in Toledo, Ohio on November 14, 1947. He received a B. A. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a M.A. in English from Johns Hopkins University. He worked for the magazine National Lampoon, eventually becoming editor-in-chief. He received a writing credit for National Lampoon's Lemmings which helped launch the careers of John Belushi and Chevy Chase. In 1981, he left the magazine to write screenplays including Rodney Dangerfield's Easy Money. He contributes regularly to several magazines including Playboy, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The American Spectator, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, The Weekly Standard, and Rolling Stone. He is the author of 20 books including Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, All the Troubles in the World, Don't Vote! - It Just Encourages the Bastards, and How It Got That Way (And It Wasn't My Fault) (And I'll Never Do It Again).

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