Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice, and Alcohol-Free Beer

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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, Dec 1, 2007 - Political Science - 256 pages
The #1 New York Times bestseller from “one of America’s most hilarious and provocative writers . . . a volatile brew of one-liners and vitriol” (Time).
 
Renowned for his cranky conservative humor, P. J. O’Rourke runs hilariously amok in this book, tackling the death of Communism; his frustration with sanctimonious liberals; and Saddam Hussein in a series of classic dispatches from his coverage of the 1991 Gulf War.
 
On Kuwait City after the war, he comments, “It looked like all the worst rock bands in the world had stayed there at the same time.” On Saddam Hussein, O’Rourke muses: “He’s got chemical weapons filled with . . . chemicals. Maybe he’s got The Bomb. And missiles that can reach Riyadh, Tel Aviv, Spokane. Stock up on nonperishable foodstuffs. Grab those Diet Coke cans you were supposed to take to the recycling center and fill them up with home heating oil. Bury the Hummel figurines in the yard. We’re all going to die. Details at eleven.” And on the plague of celebrity culture, he notes: “You can’t shame or humiliate modern celebrities. What used to be called shame and humiliation is now called publicity.”
 
Mordant and utterly irreverent, this is a modern classic from one of our great political satirists, described by Christopher Buckley as being “like S.J. Perelman on acid.”
 
“Mocking on the surface but serious beneath . . . When it comes to scouting the world for world-class absurdities, he is the right man for the job.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
 
“The funniest writer in America.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
 

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Contents

Berlin November 1989
3
Moscow May 1988
15
Ulster May 1988
25
Paraguay April 1989
39
Nicaragua February 1990
55
The Saga Continues Kiev and Tibilisi September 1991
68
SECOND THOUGHTS
85
A Serious Problem
87
Sex with Dr Ruth
130
The Deep Thoughts of Lee Iacocca
141
The Very Deep Thoughts of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
147
Mordred Had a Point Camelot Revisited
156
GIVE WAR A CHANCE
161
August 1990
163
September 1990
176
January 1991
180

Second Thoughts About the 1960s
90
Fiddling While Africa Starves
98
The TwoThousandYearOld US Middle East Policy Expert
102
Studying for Our Drug Test
107
An Argument in Favor of Automobiles vs Pedestrians
115
A CALL FOR A NEW McCARTHYISM
121
Notes Toward a Blacklist for the 1990s
123
January 28 through February 8 1991
189
Early February 1991
196
February 11 through February 25 1991
203
Late February 1991
209
February 25 1991
217
March 1991
219
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P. J. O'Rourke's books have been translated into a dozen languages and have been best-sellers worldwide.

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