Republican Party Reptile: The Confessions, Adventures, Essays and (Other) Outrages of P. J. O'Rourke

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Atlantic Monthly Press, Aug 1, 1995 - Humor - 220 pages
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"I think our agenda is clear. We are opposed to: government spending, Kennedy kids, seat-belt laws, busing our children anywhere other than Yale, trailer courts near our vacation homes, all tiny Third World countries that don't have banking secrecy laws, aerobics, the UN, taxation without tax loopholes, and jewelry on men. We are in favor of: guns, drugs, fast cars, free love (if our wives don't find out), a sound dollar, and a strong military with spiffy uniforms. There are thousands of people in America who feel this way, especially after three or four drinks. If all of us would unite and work together, we could give this country. . . well, a real bad hangover." "To say that P. J. O'Rourke is funny is like saying the Rocky Mountains are scenic-accurate but insufficient. At his best he's downright exhilarating . . . Republican Party Reptile is as rambunctiously entertaining as a greased pig catching contest. If you can find a funnier writer than P. J. O'Rourke, buy him a brandy, but don't lend him the keys to your pickup." -- Chicago Tribune; "Republican Party Reptile is hilarious. I laughed so hard reading this book that my armchair needs reupholstering. P. J. O'Rourke has got to be the funniest writer going, and boy does he go. This is high-octane wit, S. J. Perelman on acid." -- Christopher Buckley.

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Republican Party reptile: essays and outrages

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These 21 "essays and outrages'' by humorist O'Rourke are certainly wide-ranging, as evidenced by the publications in which they first appeared: National Lampoon (where he was editor during the late ... Read full review


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Things of the Intellect
A Brief History of Man
An Intellectual Experiment
Myths Made Modern
Tune In Turn OnGo to the OfficeLate on Monday
A LongThoughtful LookBack at the LastFifteen Minutes
World Politics
HighSpeedPerformanceCharacteristics ofPickup Trucks
A Cool and LogicalAnalysis of theBicycle Menace
How to Drive Faston Drugs WhileGetting YourWingWangSqueezed and NotSpill Your Drink
Mannersand Mores
Hollywood Etiquette
DinnerTable Conversation
An Alphabet for Schoolboys
Horrible Protestant Hats

Safety Nazis
Ship of Fools
Goons Guns andGold
Just One of ThoseDays
Man andTransportation
Ferrari Refutes theDecline of the West
The Ends of the Earth
In Search of the Cocaine Pirates
With Hostage and Hijacker in Sunny Beirut
Moving to New Hampshire
The King of Sandusky Ohio

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About the author (1995)

P. J. O'Rourke was born in Toledo, Ohio on November 14, 1947. He received a B. A. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a M.A. in English from Johns Hopkins University. He worked for the magazine National Lampoon, eventually becoming editor-in-chief. He received a writing credit for National Lampoon's Lemmings which helped launch the careers of John Belushi and Chevy Chase. In 1981, he left the magazine to write screenplays including Rodney Dangerfield's Easy Money. He contributes regularly to several magazines including Playboy, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The American Spectator, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, The Weekly Standard, and Rolling Stone. He is the author of 20 books including Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, All the Troubles in the World, Don't Vote! - It Just Encourages the Bastards, and How It Got That Way (And It Wasn't My Fault) (And I'll Never Do It Again).

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