Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government by P. J. O'Rourke Summary & Study Guide

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    1. Rather than watch five minutes of any nonsensical, muck raking sensationalist news program egging on partisan politics, I would re-read this hilarious but brilliant social and political commentary.Funny, enlightening, engaging and thought provoking.

    2. This was probably my 1st O'Rourke book. (Maybe second, actually, after "CEO of the Sofa".) I finished the book, put my hands in my head, and despaired of my career. I could never write like this. I wasn't fit to write a review about this. Not on , not in my own diary. In fact, I should never write again, ever, to self-mute my ineptitude in the face of such captivating style. Mr. O'Rourke was witty and cutting and brilliant and hysterical. And something else: a libertarian. This, more than anythi [...]

    3. This book started off somewhat weakly, and I almost put it down without finishing. The first few chapters are a tour of the federal government, including all three branches and some of its political landscape (e.g party conventions). To someone who reads the newspaper regularly and has a modest cynical streak (hello), there is nothing enlightening here. O'Rourke's observations mostly had me sighing and shaking my head ("Tell me something I don't know.") rather than laughing or learning.The chapt [...]

    4. This is the best non-fiction, humorous book I've ever read. I recommend to everybody. You CANNOT discuss farm policy without first reading the chapter on "Agriculture. Or how to tell your ass from this particular hole in the ground." Or the chapter when Ted Kennedy is shouting at the 88 convention, "Where was George?" and P.J. responds: "Dry, sober and home with his wife. At least he wasn't out drowning campaign volunteers."I want to be P.J. O'Rourke when I grow up. Kinda conservative. Kinda dru [...]

    5. 4.0 stars. While written in the early 90's during the beginning of the first Bush administration (George, Sr.), this book is still surprisingly relevant today and is very, very funny. P.J. O'Rourke description of the three years he spent observing the U.S. Government in action is hysterical (and if you think too hard about it very scary). He blasts everything from the budget process, military spending, special interest groups and social security. My two favorite section was his scathing attacks [...]

    6. I am too young to remember much, if anything, about the American government and its dealings in and before 1991, when Parliament of Whores was published. So I appreciated how detailed a picture O'Rourke painted of Uncle Sam, twenty years the younger. But even more than the painting itself, I appreciated his ultimately setting the canvas aflame with hilarious, biting criticism.The main thing I love about this book, and all of O'Rourke's writing, is that it's not just some uninitiated blabbermouth [...]

    7. I probably don’t get P.J. O’Rourke’s humor.Parliament of Whores is a unique perspective on the United States government starting with the election process and ending with the city’s democratic process. One of the most intriguing slogans I take with me is that “God is a Republican and Santa Claus is a Democrat.” O’Rourke attempts to describe the workings of the government, but half the time he is spouting random stream of consciousness that does little to progress the narrative of t [...]

    8. Congress for Dummies29 January 2012 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' and label them all as jerks. I also remember that at time as I was living in a swing seat and there was an election coming up and I kept on receiving letters from bot [...]

    9. I'd say this one's a solid 3.6. It was published nearly two decades ago so the info is dated (and so, apparently, am I. Woe is me) but a lot of PJ's observations are still pretty spot-on. The author is a funny guy. At times he gets a little absorbed in his own cleverness, but the comic vanity wasn't ridiculously frequent and there were at least a few genuine laugh out loud moments for me. And that's not an easy thing to accomplish since I am by nature more of a silent chortler. I especially enjo [...]

    10. I am fairly sure I remember reading this 15 years ago and thinking it was not very interesting - a not very subtle attempt to recreate the style of Hunter S. Thompson but in the voice of a conservative.O'Rourke begins by thanking all the usual suspects of the conservative movement in DC - like wacky Dana Rhorabacher and Chris Cox, who left Congress to run the SEC into the ground.His book is divided into sections that look at the legislative, executive and judicial branch. Each time, he is drippi [...]

    11. 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 money. The average congressman has a budget of around $550,000 for staff, salaries, and expenses. That works out to only about $1.00 per taxpayer in his district. That's pretty cheap considering al [...]

    12. I have to read PJ O'Rourke's Parliament of Whores every year just to keep myself grounded when I ponder politics. Too many potlickers out there wanting to get elected to office, or already in office, or railing against gubmint handouts and getting mad when they get laid off from their government jobs and too many people willing to say, hey, you've got money, let the government have it and boy howdy it'll fix things right up because the government can do everything right.I'm not a libertarian as [...]

    13. It's funny to read a 25-year-old book on American politics in its British edition. Was there a huge demand for this, in England? At this point (the 25-year-old point) the book reads like political history, interesting for its window back on the 1988 US Presidential election, from the perspective of someone who makes his living skewering people. Most interesting to me is the final chapter, in which O'Rourke recounts a town meeting from his hometown (which is barely big enough to deserve to be cal [...]

    14. This humorus look at government is still accurate today. O'Rourke uses statistics and wit to highlight some of the disfunction in government. Readers will be tempted to stop after getting the point of the book. However, the visit to his small home town for their annual city council meeting is worth pushing through to the end.It seems that a person could pick and choose which chapters to read, While the author is conservative, he goes after both parties with equal vigor. It is a fun read.

    15. A one-man tour through the U.S. government, which almost qualifies this book as belonging to the horror genre. O'Rourke is equally hilarious, overblown, turgid and self-satisfying. Read in small chunks it's quite good; read all at once you will feel the urgent need to take a shower and swallow four Advil. Recommended. B

    16. P J skewers American government with wit and intelligence. I don't always side with his politics, but his conclusions are smart, thoughtfully examined and - most importantly - told with enough humor to actually hold your interest.

    17. O'Rourke's classic about the "workings" of government is just as funny and relevant as when it was written 20+ years ago. Only the names and dollar amounts have changed.

    18. Basically, it was a summary of all the ways in which people want benefits from the government without paying for them. He champions personal responsibility and hard work above all else. He seemed to be more of a libertarian than a republican. It was a good look at the absurdity of the American system of government. One tendency of O'Rourkes writing that I really liked was his pointing out that it is our fault that everything is so fucked up. We're the ones that are lazy and want to blame politic [...]

    19. Originally published in 1991.I read the 1992 Vintage Books paperback edition.Dated but still has teeth.P.J. O'Rourke goes after the ridiculousness that is the federal government with his trademark irreverent style in this 1991 book. Some of the commentary is dated (lots of talk about the forgettable 1988 presidential election with Republican George H.W. Bush going against Democrat Michael Dukakis. Also, the first one I voted in) but some of it is incredibly relevant. For example, the story of th [...]

    20. I prefer to call them a parliament of street walkers or hookers or even "strawberry ho's" or for that matter escorts that are not in it for the money they just like to fuck. i call the senate the "john" the supreme court the "pimp" and the congress the happy hooker but then again i read this piece of literary trash when i was working on wall street in new york whiled i was a certified financial advisor for CNA insurance and underwriters my client was john k weber now john k weber is a balls out [...]

    21. I gave this book as a Christmas gift to my brother many years ago, and shortly thereafter received a genuinely irritated phone call from his wife: "He reads the damn thing in bed and wakes me up laughing so hard!" This book will explain how Washington politics works. Which, as the author puts it, is "often complicated by the fact that it doesn't." So the book explains how Washington fails us, too.The most amazing thing about this book is that, between the always hilarious and frequently profanit [...]

    22. I may not completely agree with O'Rourke's politics, but he is outstandingly funny. This sharp wit is merciless in his taunting of almost every institution in America, even making jokes about the Supreme Court, the Disability Act, and the AIDS Memorial Quilt. It's safe to say you are a stickler for political correctness, this is not a book for you. O'Rourke is also lovely in that he's conservative, but refreshingly thoughtful and moderate about the world around him. Much of the essay is journali [...]

    23. Pithy, humorous, cynical, factual and troubling, “Parliament” explores Congress and the U.S. Government as of the early 1990’s. Neither Republicans nor Democrats are spared the acid pen of O’Rourk as he skewers and makes fun of Congress, our drug policy, our foreign policy, defense policy, Dept. of Agriculture, special interest groups, and us for allowing it all. Mostly he attacks the way our government spends money. (I would think O’Rourk’s head would explode, if it has not already [...]

    24. Although writing on the problems of an ineffectual government from the perspective of 1989, it is amazing how much things HAVEN'T changed. The US still tends to throw it's military weight around without understanding the subtleties of foreign cultures. There's a chapter on foreign policy that deals specifically with the double-dealing of various tribal groups in Afghanistan, in 1989 the Russians were on the receiving end of this, now we are. Budgets and what to do about increasing medical coasts [...]

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