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The Poverty of Puns,
This review is from: On the Wealth of Nations: A Book That Shook the World (Paperback)
If you buy this book expecting an erudite and thoughtful synopsis of Adam Smiths magnus opus (and what other reason is there to buy it) you are going to be deeply disappointed. P.J.O'Rourke gives a very basic and shallow rundown of Smith's ideas that manages to be both condescending and downright dumb. I would have thought the audience for this book would already have some idea of Smith's work and would want to expand their knowledge with the help of some considered insights. Instead the reader is subjected to a series of puerile one-liners and an analysis that suggests O'Rourke didn't bother to read the book either but chose to depend on CliffsNotes as his source material. My advice would be to go straight to the CliffsNotes and spare yourself the pain of wondering when and how the great P.J.O'Rourke got to be so unfunny!