Age & Guile was my first literary encounter with the genius that is P J O'Rourke. That was enough to persuade me that here was a man after my own heart - one of the requisites for enjoyable reading. I was lucky to find my copy of Parliament of Whores in a charity shop (sorry Amazon!)and was delighted to find that this book is proof positive of my own long held view that government of any hue is a monstrous waste of money. PJ's comments are timeless. It matters not that this book was written about the George Bush Snr presidential period. The point he makes is that, politicians being what they are, the system never changes, regardless of which political party is in power. As such, whilst the scale of governmental economic waste in USA is obviously vastly in excess of our own dear govenment's increasingly ambitious attempts to measure up, PJ's insights into the political process are as relevant to our own political system as to the American way. Assuming, of course, that you are not a political 'groupie', there are comments on virtually every page which are guaranteed to raise at least a broad smile and the old chestnut about the dangers of reading this book in a public place, for fear of laughing out loud, holds good.