Holidays in Hell

Written by: P.J. O' Rourke

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P.J. O’Rourke, the renowned humorist and political satirist, takes readers on a wild and unforgettable journey through the world’s most troubled and chaotic places in his classic bestseller, “Holidays in Hell.” Now available from Grove Press, this book is a testament to O’Rourke’s fearless and irreverent approach to journalism and travel writing.

Disillusioned with the state of the world and tired of his own comedic musings, O’Rourke embarks on a global adventure to uncover the absurdities and horrors that lie beneath the surface of nations in turmoil. From the war-torn streets of Belfast to the communist strongholds of the Philippines, O’Rourke’s sharp wit and keen observations paint a vivid picture of life in these desperate places.

Throughout his travels, O’Rourke finds himself in a series of surreal and dangerous situations. He charges through student barricades alongside riot police in South Korea, goes undercover in Arab garb in the Gaza Strip, and interviews communist rebels in the jungles of the Philippines. Back on American soil, he brave the media circus surrounding the Reagan-Gorbachev summit, exposes the banality of Jerry Falwell’s Heritage USA, and endures the mind-numbing boredom of Harvard’s 350th anniversary celebration.

“Holidays in Hell” is a rollercoaster ride of biting satire, dark humor, and insightful commentary on global politics and culture. O’Rourke’s writing is as sharp as ever, and his ability to find the absurdity in even the most dire situations is truly unparalleled. Filled with classic riffs on everything from Polish nightlife under communism to Third World driving tips, this book is a must-read for fans of political humor and travel writing alike.


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