Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government
Called "an everyman's guide to Washington" (The New York Times), P. J. O'Rourke's savagely funny and national best-seller Parliament of Whores has become a classic in understanding the workings of the American political system. Originally written at the end of the Reagan era, this new edition... show more
Called "an everyman's guide to Washington" (The New York Times), P. J. O'Rourke's savagely funny and national best-seller Parliament of Whores has become a classic in understanding the workings of the American political system. Originally written at the end of the Reagan era, this new edition includes an extensive foreword by the renowned political writer Andrew Ferguson -- showing us that although the names and the players have changed, the game is still the same. Parliament of Whores is an exuberant, broken-field run through the ethical foibles, pork-barrel flimflam, and bureaucratic bullrorfle inside the Beltway that leaves no sacred cow unskewered and no politically correct sensitivities unscorched. "Highly pungent and wickedly accurate observations ... [from a] boisterous, pedal-to-the-floor humorist." -- The New York Times Book Review "Outrageous ... It is insulting, inflammatory, profane, and absolutely great reading." -- The Washington Post Book World "A gonzo civics book ... O'Rourke is like a trophy hunter let loose in an unguarded zoo." -- Chicago Tribune
Publish date: January 7th 2003
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
, Political Science
I remember seeing this book in my local library, and thinking that the title was quite apt, borrowed it and read it. At this time in my life I was pretty cynical about government but in that generally uneducated type of way where we look at the politicians, think 'they really don't care about us' an...
This is the most devastating critique of government since H.L. Mencken, although O'Rourke is short on constructive solutions to most of the problems he exposes. O'Rourke spent considerable time following around an unnamed congressman. O'Rourke, quite correctly, argues we get a bargain for our mo...
I think this is the book that enabled me to let go of my abiding affection for O'Rourke. Yeah, it's been a long time since his Lampoon days, and he now comes across to me as something of a Grumpy Old Man. If your schtick is "no one but me thinks rationally about these things" it's going to get tir...
P J O'Rourke, a self proclaimed Republican, is pretty good at criticizing and exposing US politics and the involvement of filthy rich and stupid people.Having a lot of over weight, loud, opinionated Republicans in the room, is like a room full of cocks (the animals not the body party). They are loud...