If you haven't read any P.J. O'Rourke before, this is a good one to start with, it has many of his best articles, as once more he travels the world in search of trouble spots to write about. His descriptions of the places he visits are, as always, vivid and brilliant. In this book you can read of how he is moved to tears by the destruction of the Berlin Wall, and his undisguised glee at the election results in Nicaragua the following year. There is a long and fascinating article about how capitalism is breaking out all over Vietnam, and a savagely scathing critique of Live Aid. There is a brilliant piece about Josephus, the Jewish historian who told the story of the fall of Jerusalem 'The two thousand year-old Middle East policy expert". His despatches from the Gulf War are perhaps the most fascinating part of the book, as he writes from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. He vividly describes how extremely boring life in a strict Islamic state is, but casts doubt on the notion that Saudi Arabia is a totaly male-dominated society. He points out that dress shops in Saudi are full of exotic and expensive silk creations, and jewellery stores full of enormous costly jewels, "if this were really a male-dominated scoiety the jewellery stores would be stocked with plastic pop-beads and the only thing the dress shops would be selling is aprons". A Kuwait Air Force colonel explains to him that Iraq started the war because Kuwait was spending all its oil money on things for its citizens so Iraq "either had to brings its citizens up to the Kuwait level or bring Kuwait citizens down to the Iraq level" 'In other words' O'Rourke explains ' Kuwait caused the war by shopping too much. This loeaves us with little hope of world peace as long as wives are allowed to hold credit cards in their own names.'I don't know why, but Mr O'Rourke seems to think that women are interested in nothing but shopping, I can't think where he gets that idea from. This is a very funny and brilliant book.