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Book Title: Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World's Worst Places and Asks, "What's Funny about Thi|
The author of the book: P.J. O'Rourke
Edition: Grove Press
Date of issue: June 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780802137012
Format files: PDF
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Trouble doesn’t come from Slopes, Kikes, Niggers, Spies or White Capitalist Pigs; it comes from the heart.
O'Rourke is a dude you wanna travel through third world with while cozily laying on your first world sofa with a blueberry pie in your hand. You will be completely free of any possible white guilt, you will not be filled with ideals and humanitarian solutions, but simply get an humorous tour from war-torn Lebanon to communist Poland, and everything between.
Holidays in Hell is written in late 80's, and it could be considered as dated. But is it?
As an travel book this is an excellent look at places no sane person would willingly step their foot in unless desiring something possible deadly instead of the usual short shorts and tanning vacationing. O'Rourke gives space to the places themselves and leaves a little room for his catchy, poignant and laugh out loud commentary.
He is not afraid to punch when there is something to punch at. He is not afraid to ask unpleasant questions such as why a village is ready to gather people with guns to cause trouble instead of gathering the same people to fix up a pump the whole village's livelihood depends on.
But O'Rourke does not debate, or give suggestions how an country should run itself, but rather observes the places as outsider and takes as much fun out of it as he can. To me this is actually refreshing as it takes and gives the journey as it is - the good, the bad and mostly the bad.
Is Holidays in Hell an politically correct, non-offending piece of history? No, and it should not be. Mainly for this reason, and the marvelous humor, this work is an serious journey through history, and also appreciation and love song to the democratic communities most of us live in.
A lot has changed since the late 80's, but a lot has stayed the same or returned to something that once was. It is a fine cycle of "how things will always be".
My favorite stories were of South-Korea and Philippines, and admittedly I was really fascinated by Heritage USA because WTF. ROLF. I do not think all the pieces got the heart of O'Rourke's wit, but the ones that got, were solid gold and worth of many reads in the coming years.
Recommended to people with good sense of humor.
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Read information about the authorPatrick Jake "P. J." O'Rourke is an American political satirist, journalist, writer, and author. O'Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio's game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. Since 2011 O'Rourke has been a columnist at The Daily Beast. In the United Kingdom, he is known as the face of a long-running series of television advertisements for British Airways in the 1990s.
He is the author of 20 books, of which his latest, The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again), was released January 2014. This was preceded on September 21, 2010, by Don't Vote! – It Just Encourages the Bastards, and on September 1, 2009, Driving Like Crazy with a reprint edition published on May 11, 2010. According to a 60 Minutes profile, he is also the most quoted living man in The Penguin Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations.