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All the Trouble in the World

The Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Ecological Disaster, Ethnic Hatred, Plague, and Poverty

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 03, 1994 – Political humorist O'Rourke (Give War a Chance) takes a swipe at ``fashionable worries,'' reminding us that ``This is a moment of hope in history''-no more evil empire to threaten us. His contention that this is ``the best moment of all time'' and the U.S. is ``the best place to be'' is funny mostly in one-liners and anecdotes, but his larger arguments flag: while Miami's efforts at multiculturalism are worthy of parody, a field trip to ``multiculturalism in practice''-the war in Bosnia-is no real contrast. After skewering environmentalists, whom he accuses of crying wolf too often, the author visits the polluted Czech Republic to proclaim sophistically that collectivist government can't solve ecological problems. As usual, O'Rourke has a good eye for self-righteousness, but his libertarian reach exceeds his wisecracking grasp.

Customer Reviews

P.J. At His Best

The references are a bit dated now, but this is still the book every college-age citizen should read. That is, it contains two fundamental truths which, if understood at an early age, would make us less prone to hucksters and more pleasant to be around: 1) The people telling you the world is on the brink of human-induced ruin are almost always engaged in some form of extortion. 2) Everyone wants to save the world, but no one wants to take out the trash or help mom with the dishes.

All the Trouble in the World
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Social Science
  • Published: Dec 01, 2007
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 340 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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