Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World's Worst Places and Asks, "what's Funny about Thi

Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World's Worst Places and Asks, "what's Funny about Thi

O'Rourke travels to hellholes around the globe--from war-torn Lebanon to Korea to Poland to El Salvador--looking for trouble, the truth, and good times. "A spin with P.J. O'Rourke is like a ride in the back of an old pickup over unpaved roads. You get where you're going fast, with exhilarating views--but not without a few bruises".--"The New York Times Book Review"....

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Title:Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World's Worst Places and Asks, "what's Funny about Thi
Author:P.J. O'Rourke
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:Holidays in Hell
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World's Worst Places and Asks, "what's Funny about Thi Reviews

  • denise
    May 07, 2007
    Wow, I'm the first to add this book? I should get some kind something for that!! This book is classic PJ O'Rourke. Vacationing in Beriut and Lebanon might not be for everyone, but you too can experience it through his writings!! ...
  • Brian
    Aug 11, 2009
    I'm not sure why I didn't like this book more. It was vividly and humorously written, educational and even important. I think it was just the page after page of diverse suffering and injustice, presented by an author whose considered opinion appears to be that there is no hope for the ...
  • Raegan Butcher
    Apr 12, 2008
    Hilarious dispatches from some of the world's worst places. This guy is so funny I laugh out loud at his stuff when i'm reading it. No wonder he is (apparently, according to wkipedia) the world's most quoted author! Funny stuff! ...
  • Michael
    Jun 08, 2010
    Risking life and limb in such Hellish zones as 1980s Lebanon, El Salvador, and Harvard University, O?Rourke looks ?for a good time? amidst the chaos according to the rear cover description? just above the Nixon quote?trippy? While reading this, I assumed he was a journalist...
  • Earle
    Sep 09, 2007
    If O'Rourke's quirky brand of humor resonates with you, this is as good as it gets. I've read most of his works, and this is my favorite. O'Rourke was a foreign correspondent for 'Rolling Stone', and was sent to every god-forsaken hellhole in the world. It is from his experiences in...
  • Jonathan
    May 18, 2009
    Back in the mid to late '80s when PJ O'Rourke wrote the pieces that make up Holidays in Hell, the world was a much different place: there was war in the Middle East, the threat of nuclear conflict, sectarian violence...alright, so things haven't changed all that much. Which is one reas...
  • David
    Jan 04, 2008
    Contains one of the best paragraphs in all the English language... starting with ...."I snapped...." ...
  • David H.
    Jan 31, 2008
    I don't consider myself a conservative, but I found out about P.J. O'Rourke during my college years (1980-1984, go Rockhurst!!!). O'Rourke shares tales of his world travels. Check out the one on South Korea, or the one on Poland. What a scream. I still read it sometimes, just for heart...
  • Sarah
    Mar 19, 2014
    It was ok. A bit dated (set in 1980's, some interesting points/facts Also author was really quite racist. I wouldn't recommend this. I picked it up in a charity shop and should have saved my 1.50 to be honest. I didn't bother finishing it (I got to the last 3 chapters, so ga...
  • Peter rock
    Sep 30, 2008
    this is a very good book i was always disapointed that P J O'rourke did not focus on dangerous hot spots in america go to gangland.net save it to favorites and call me in the morning because i am in love with you earth. People of earth what the fuck ya all upset with each other for in ...
  • Benito
    Aug 27, 2008
    Good shit, though perhaps some of it's a little dated now, having been written in the late 80s. The entry on Fremantle, WA as a part of 'Hell' is particularly interesting for us southern colonial folk I think. Good to see Australia has a town as awful as any in Israel, Northern Island,...
  • Valerie Kyriosity
    Feb 08, 2018
    Funny and insightful, but too often in a crass way. Wouldn't want to imbibe too much of O'Rourke. But I am planning on trying the sequel, Holidays in Heck, to see if he's matured a bit in the intervening decades. ...
  • Katjusa
    May 15, 2010
    Hilarious. Some of the best writing I've read recently. Would've given it five stars if the last chapter (his vision of 2013) wasn't so slipshod. ...
  • Stuart Gilkison
    Nov 08, 2010
    O'Rourkes best book by far. ...
  • Ian
    Oct 14, 2013
    Entertaining and acerbicly written, as one might expect. It's also interesting from an historical perspective these days. More depressing is while many of the conflicts and situations described have changed considerably (particularly Beirut and South Africa) similar turmoil has erupted...
  • Alex
    Dec 13, 2010
    My introduction to P.J. O'Rourke.I will always love this book. It made me laugh like no other book had managed and it planted the first seeds of anti-Socialism in my mind. It also made me realise that being un-PC is the way to go. It's okay to laugh at other countries and cultures if t...
  • Laura
    Feb 26, 2011
    've had this book around for a while and have read it in bits and pieces, as it is written in a format that easily allows for that. It's been my bath book, my waiting in lines book, my doctor's office book. I've enjoyed it emmensely. I was a subscriber to Rolling Stone magazine for qui...
  • Tom
    Aug 09, 2013
    My good friend Amy is an honors student in journalism. She?s about to start her Senior Year as editor-in-chief of her college newspaper. Anyway, something she mentioned in a recent blog post was that she?d left for college, certain that her dream was to blast through her four y...
  • Lili
    Jun 20, 2011
    I enjoyed my second time through this book more than the first because it rings so true to some of my adventures in "trouble tourism.". There are just so many laugh out loud gems that I can't even begin to list all of them. For example, the phrase "covering a story from Mahogany Ridge,...
  • Sally
    May 04, 2017
    "A Trouble Tourist- going to see insurrections, stupidities, political crises, civil disturbances... because it's fun" By sally tarbox on 5 May 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Laugh-out-loud adventures from the 1980s, as journalist PJ O'Rourke travels the globe. A Ramble through Lebanon...
  • Sergio GRANDE
    May 15, 2015
    Disappointing. This is not a book that has stood the test of time; it was probably funnier while it was topical. What's the point of reading about a South Africa on the brink of democracy, or about a war-torn Beirut when the author does not offer a lasting impression of the countries b...
  • Daren
    Jan 26, 2018
    The 80's had some ideal hotspots for a rogue journalist like PJ O'Rourke. Somehow he managed to convince the editors of magazines he worked for that they required stories from these largely untravelled (at the time - not necessarily before or after), largely dangerous places where he w...
  • One Flew
    Mar 24, 2013
    This is the only travel book i've ever liked. What I love about PJ is the fact that he has absolutely no illusions about the way the world works. Most left wingers tend to believe that all of the worlds problems can be solved and that the rich are to blame for it all. If you're looking...
  • Diana Isaura
    Jan 13, 2018
    Maybe I took this book and the issues it presented too seriously for I did not "lol" as much as I had anticipated ("A book that makes you laugh out loud"). It is creatively written and O'Rourke is a great story teller. ...
  • Anna
    Jun 02, 2015
    Innocents Abroad Updated .... In the best tradition of Mark Twain's perceptive observations and caustic humor, O'Rourke has a poke for everyone. In addition to the places mentioned in the book description, stories featuring the America's Cup in Perth Australia and Disneyland are add...
  • Andrew Garvey
    Aug 30, 2016
    Before reading his late 1980s account of his adventures in some of the world?s (then) worst places ? Lebanon, Poland, El Salvador, Israel, South Africa and, erm, Harvard ? I?d always been vaguely aware that O? Rourke?s book was generally regarded as a sort of comedic travel...
  • thelastword
    Jun 04, 2016
    Given that the writer had such a short period of time in the places he visited, he seemed to grasp the core of things pretty well. Pity that this accuracy is wasted on him as all he uses it for is to pass mean judgement on all, whether good or bad (apart from when it came to the occupi...
  • Charlotte
    Jul 21, 2014
    Despicable politics but a great sense of humour. ...
  • Keen
    Apr 12, 2017
    2.5 Stars! Granted there is a fine line between so called ?gonzo? journalism and a structureless, self-indulgent mess. O?Rourke finds himself on both sides of that line in this collection. In one sense this takes a fairly original take on travel, certainly for the time, in t...
  • Se84
    May 09, 2010
    The guy's a jackass, but he can write. ...