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Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics Hardcover – 20 Nov 1998

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  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (20 Nov. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330353276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330353274
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 665,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A conservative, prosperous American journalist gadding around the world laughing at all the ways less successful nations screw up their economy--this might not sound like the recipe for a great read, unless you're Rush Limbaugh, but if that journalist is P.J. O'Rourke you can be sure that you'll enjoy the ride even if you don't agree with the politics. Although Eat the Rich is subtitled A Treatise on Economics, O'Rourke spends relatively few pages tackling the complexities of monetary theory. He's much happier when flying from Sweden to Hong Kong, then on to Tanzania and Moscow, gleefully recording every economic goof he can find. When he visits post-Soviet Russia and finds a country that is as messed up by capitalism as it was by communism, O'Rourke mixes jokes about black-market shoes with disturbing insights into a nation on the verge of collapse. P.J. O'Rourke is more than a humourist, he's an experienced international journalist with a lot of frequent-flyer miles and this gives even his funniest riffs on the world's problems a startling ring of truth.


"I wanted to know why some parts of the Earth prosper and others suck", writes P.J. O'Rourke, to explain his two-year round the world sojourn in search of the bottom line. In this book, he samples good capitalism on Wall Street and bad capitalism in Albania, with stopovers from Hong Kong to Moscow.

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