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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. J. O’Rourke, P. J. O’Rourke Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Having unraveled the mysteries of Washington in his classic best-seller Parliament of Whores and the mysteries of economics in Eat the Rich, one of our shrewdest and most mordant foreign correspondents now turns his attention to what is these days the ultimate mystery — America’s foreign policy. Although he has written about foreigners and foreign affairs for years, P.J. O’Rourke has, like most Americans, never really thought about foreign policy. Just as a dog owner doesn’t have a “dog policy,” says P.J., “we feed foreigners, take care of them, give them treats, and when absolutely necessary, whack them with a rolled up newspaper.” But in Peace Kills, P.J. finally sets out to make sense of America’s “Great Game” (no, not the slot machines in Vegas). He visits countries on the brink of conflict, in the grips of it, and still reeling from it, starting with Kosovo, where he discovers that “whenever there’s injustice, oppression, and suffering, America will show up six months late and bomb the country next to where it’s happening.” From there, it’s on to Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where P.J. witnesses both the start and finish of hostilities. P.J. also examines the effect of war and peace on the home front — from the absurd hassles of airport security to the hideous specter of anthrax (luckily the only threats in his mail are from credit card companies). Peace Kills is P.J. O’Rourke at his most incisive and relevant — an eye-opening look at a world much changed since he declared in his number-one national best-seller Give War a Chance that the most troubling aspect of war is sometimes peace itself. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Robertisenberg | 2/16/2014

    " I'm grateful that I spent only 25 cents on this crap -- in the overstock section of the Lawrenceville library (which is basically just a homeless shelter without any beds). For years, friends have recommended P.J. O'Rourke, and after reading an agreeable Atlantic article (about jumbo-jets), I figured I'd give O'Rourke a shot. However he earned his reputation, it was certainly not for "Peace Kills," a collection of essays (basically) about 9/11 and its aftermath. Libertarian ethos aside, O'Rourke is as smug as his press-photo smile; his mind seems made up before he approaches a topic, and it comes about as an elongated thumbs-up/thumbs-down analysis (Kuwait good, U.S. soldiers good, Bush bad, Clinton bad, government bad, Iraqis selfish, etc.) His analysis is petty and boring (essentially, the Iraqis have failed themselves because they aren't bright or courteous enough to form a line while waiting for aid). Its one redeemer is a first-person essay about an anti-war rally in D.C.; he offers no thesis, but records the signs and costumes sported by the hodgepodge of activists. Anti-war as I am, it was good to hear a conservative perspective -- that the anti-war movement is often anarchic; protesters often use busking and goofy masks to announce their perspective, but the messages are often eerie or conflicting. Signs equating Israelis to Nazis is pointlessly offensive and it makes Leftists look stupid. The Left is generally too anxious, these days, to modify its tack; O'Rourke may be obnoxious, but he has pointed out, with relative gentleness, the weakness of the Left's tactics. In a way, he's doing the Left a favor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jim | 2/14/2014

    " P.J. O'Rourke's books are not single, large works, per se, but are collections of his magazine pieces compiled and bound by mirthful publishers; sort of a Xeroxing For Dollars scheme. Anecdotal by nature, O'Rourke casts his sarcastic eye upon the middle east in this collection, traveling through Egypt, Iraq etc. Part historical drinkalogue, part chumming with the local populace fiesta, O'Rourke's observations make us smile, wince, sometimes guffaw (although not nearly as much in this collection in comparison to previous tales) and provide a man-on-the-street glimpse of daily life in regions normally presented only by a scandal-drooling press corps. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/11/2014

    " A struggle to finish. Still didn't quite get the point of the book. Was basically about his experiences in war torn areas. Some satire. Some decent jokes. Ragged on most everyone, both sides of the political aisle. Most of his topics were superficial and lacked in depth analysis. Odd thing to say about a book written by a journalist. Anyway, it didn't have a point. Did I mention that already? I guess that's my point; that he didn't have a point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christopher Davis | 2/9/2014

    " A must read for the 21st century conservative. O'Rourke takes American rhetoric and ideology and presents it in a way that makes you realize how "we" sound to the world. "

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