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All the Trouble in the World: The Lighter Side of Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death [Paperback]

P. J. O'Rourke
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10 Nov 1995

‘O’Rourke is not really a travel writer (see Holidays in Hell) or a right-wing apologist (see Republican Party Reptile ) or even a responsible journalist (see passim), but something far more valuable than any of these. Fuelled on duty-free Scotch, he is America’s greatest prose comedian . . . Nobody tells or times a gag better, even when – especially when – he fetches up in a place as unfunny as Somalia’ Anthony Quinn, Sunday Times

‘O’Rourke has picked up the title of champion gonzo journalist of the world. He’s been there and done twice as much of it . . . [the book] is aimed like a guided missile straight up the liberal nostril . . . a splendid antidote to the modern fever of artificially-induced compassion’ Literary Review

‘O’Rourke can write more compellingly than almost any of those he writes about and he is funnier than almost anyone writing in America today’ John Diamond, The Times

‘In the politically-correct wastes of American journalism, P. J. O’Rourke stands out like a naughty deed in a good world’ John Naughton, Observer

‘Mr O’Rourke is the only writer in the world who can make foreign trade funny’ New York Times Book Review


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (10 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330331779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330331777
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 619,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

P. J. O'Rourke is the bestselling author of ten books, including Eat the Rich, Give War a Chance, Holidays in Hell, Parliament of Whores, All the Trouble in the World, The CEO of the Sofa and Peace Kills. He has contributed to, among other publications, Playboy, Esquire, Harper's, New Republic, the New York Times Book Review and Vanity Fair. He is a regular correspondent for the Atlantic magazine. He divides his time between New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.

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5.0 out of 5 stars provocative, intelligent and very funny 8 Sep 2000
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O'Rourke is now a weathered participant of the battle against received ideas, and this book finds him in cynical but good-humoured middle age. He pulls off a rare combination of entrenched conservatism and high comedy. One reason he fails to offend (at least this liberal reader) is his self-denigration. He never sets himself up as an authority, always referring to other sources when he needs to back up his arguments with facts. He's also happy to show himself as the biggest joke of all in a world of folly and absurdidty. Although the book claims to survey the four great troubles of the acopalypse, it is really a roaming, foreign correspondent's view of poverty and disaster round the globe. O'Rourke claims that his conclusions are modest, but in fact his views are clear though the book; international aid is rarely a solution to national poverty; deep poverty comes from bad local government not distant individual selfishness; mistrust evangelists of global apocalypse. Throughout he pokes fun at received political wisdom at the same time as providing a wealth of fascinating detail. Hilarious and thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PJ at his best 30 Jun 2004
By Seb M
This is PJ O'Rourke's best book. It's as amusing as his earlier ones but bursting with enjoyable facts.
Since this book, it's been downhill for PJ - but this one makes me laugh and discover new things every time I pick it up.
Buy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I know... 2 Aug 2013
By bob
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..it is a little childish, in a way, but I still enjoy reading his books. They are - in some respects - refreshing for taking a new look at things. Though it is not, and is not meant to be, deep and searching journalism, it is worth a read. It might not make you change your mind about the world, but it will hurt none of us to see things a little differently. For a bit.

His books are best if not read in one go: read a chapter now and then.
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