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None of My Business: P.J. Explains Money, Banking, Debt, Equity, Assets, Liabilities and Why He's Not Rich and Neither Are You Hardcover – 6 Sep 2018
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He hasn't lost his gift for the brutally effective one-liner. Source: Guardian
O'Rourke is never less than pleasurable company. Source: The Times
Whether you agree with him or not, P.J. writes a helluva piece. Source: Richard Nixon
P. J. O'Rourke channels his extensive experience of making fun of terrible things in despicable places and applies it to somewhere even worse - Wall Street.See all Product description
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I downloaded the sample to my Kindle and in the first chapter found myself back with PJ in Lebanon in the 80's. It was awesome… this is the PJ I had missed in his most recent books. I bought the book and downloaded it. Problem is after the first 3 short chapters we were no longer traveling the world but back in PJ's backyard with his family. No longer Holidays in Hell, we were back to the insipid Holidays in Heck for almost the rest of this book until we visit China near the end.
OK, I get it… this is where PJ is at and this is what he will write about. But… I opened up my well-worn copy of Holidays in Hell and the first chapter is… PJ in Lebanon in the 80s. Many of the same anecdotes from None of my Business, but done much, much better in Holidays in Hell. Even reflecting on the topic of economics, what this book is about, I would much prefer to read PJ's Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics… which is not only about economics, but has PJ travelling the globe in his inimitable style.
I was being a hothead when I said to PJ I Would never buy one of his books again a few years ago. I was happy forgo that threat and buy another book when I thought I would get the classic PJ from Holidays in Hell or Parliament of Whores. But now I must resign that I probably will not buy another PJ book until he writes another good one.
So OK, one other middling gripe: In this book he's maybe trying to temper the crankiness with humor by seemingly stuffing in a joke every other beat. Statement - Joke - Statement - Joke and so on. I suppose it's a little harsh to use a phrase like "stuffing in a joke," but it honestly felt that way sometimes (but only sometimes, not all the time). It shouldn't stop you from buying this book if you liked his prior books though. But it's not quite up to his very finest work.