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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

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optimist22
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Political satire at its best
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2020
I purchased this book because I was intrigued by the title and because I love political satire, either conservative or liberal. At any given point it was difficult to tell about the author’s leanings, although he identifies as a conservative, because he satirizes all... See more
I purchased this book because I was intrigued by the title and because I love political satire, either conservative or liberal. At any given point it was difficult to tell about the author’s leanings, although he identifies as a conservative, because he satirizes all elements of the political spectrum. This book is a little dated, but still very relevant today. As all good satire, it was funny while containing an element of truth. The writing and metaphors were excellent and improved my vocabulary; I found myself looking up several words or phrases. It was not because he was throwing out big words to impress, but rather explaining complex or detailed concepts in one or two words rather than several. I highly recommend this book. If nothing else, it will make you laugh and perhaps view yourself with a little bit of humor.
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James W. Fitch
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REQUIRED READING FOR FRUSTRATED CITIZENS
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2016
I should have read this excellent book years ago. It made me realize how clueless I''ve been for many years about how corrupt our republic has become. The author''s sharp wit and breezy style are just frosting on the cake. The subject matter is deadly serious... See more
I should have read this excellent book years ago. It made me realize how
clueless I''ve been for many years about how corrupt our republic has become.
The author''s sharp wit and breezy style are just frosting on the cake.
The subject matter is deadly serious and the author has done an impressive
amount of study, research, travel and interviews with informed people.

This is a serious study and analysis of how far we have migrated from
the intentions of the admirable founders of our nation, and the extent of
our modern failures. I wish he would write another serious book that
brings us up to the present disastrous situation, and the dilemma of a
presidential election with no acceptable candidate on the ballot.

James Fitch
Renton, WA
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G.E.Goodwin, Jr.
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Suspicions Confirmed.
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2005
If you have ever thought to yourself, "Is Washington DC full of nothing but posturing idiots?", along comes P.J. O''Rourke to say "Well, Duh....". Armed with a factual knowledge of how DC dysfunctions and leavened with keen wit, O''Rourke takes us on a tour of the... See more
If you have ever thought to yourself, "Is Washington DC full of nothing but posturing idiots?", along comes P.J. O''Rourke to say "Well, Duh....". Armed with a factual knowledge of how DC dysfunctions and leavened with keen wit, O''Rourke takes us on a tour of the institutions of our Government, from the Congress to the the White House, through the Bureaucracies and various sinkholes of incompetence, hypocrisy, venality and just plain stupidity, and provides delicious humor while dissecting this "Confederacy of Dunces".

He also makes it abundantly clear that the fault, dear Brutus, lies not in the stars (or our leaders) but in ourselves. We want it all, but we don''t want to pay for it.

Using the apt phrase, the arch observation, the deadly accurate thrust of wit to puncture the balloons of buffoonery he finds built into our system and the people who bungle and abuse it, he actually presents a factually serious account of what goes wrong and why it continues to go wrong. He just can''t help doing so without a large dose of insightful and wicked humor. Written back in the days of Bush Senior, before 9/11, it really would be overwhelmingly depressing how little things have changed and how the DC Band Plays On no matter what, if you didn''t find the horse laugh in it all.

You will never listen to a budget battle, or the justification for a farm bill, or just about any other pose or posture taken by our fearless leaders again without a smile on your face. Of course we, the public, continue to fund and support this nonsense so we have no one but ourselves to blame.

The Republic has been beset by fools, incompetents, liars, cheats, morons and pompous asses from its inception. Luckily for us, it has also always had its cynical observers, ready with the stilleto of reason and common sense to jab, torment, mock and debunk the participants in this carnival of clowns. P.J. O''Rourke takes his place in that long pantheon of wits from Henry Adams and Mark Twain, to H.L. Mencken, Will Rogers, Mort Sahl and the rest, who took great joy in pulling down Washington DC''s collective pants while sounding a loud Bronx cheer. And that razzberry may be the clarion call that says, yes, we just might survive it all, one more time.
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D. D. LeDu
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Entertaining light read, and still relevant
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2012
Normally, I do not read this type of book. However, O''Rourke is so darn entertaining. His humour is wicked, but his insight is clear and enlightening. Even those issues with which I disagree cause me to rethink my opinions. Although this book was published in... See more
Normally, I do not read this type of book. However, O''Rourke is so darn entertaining. His humour is wicked, but his insight is clear and enlightening. Even those issues with which I disagree cause me to rethink my opinions.

Although this book was published in the 90''s, it is timeless. Government has not changed -- because people have not changed. Reading "Parliament of Whores", I found myself forgetting its age, since it is so relevant to present times.

I read his books in reverse order, starting with "Driving Like Crazy", followed by "All the Troubles in the World". I felt compelled to read each one straight through. My wife, on the other hand, has a problem with these books. I am always laughing, distracting her or keeping her awake. She complains when I interrupt what she is doing to read a passage to her. I downloaded them to her Kindle, so suspect that I will get "pay-back"!
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Skypilot
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You''ll find out why God is a Republican and Santa is a Democrat.
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2017
No other cultural or political humorist can make a serious and penetrating point as hilariously as P.J. O''Rourke. He comes across to me like a lapsed altar boy who dips into the sauce a bit too much and would rather admit it with a smile than repent. In Parliament of... See more
No other cultural or political humorist can make a serious and penetrating point as hilariously as P.J. O''Rourke. He comes across to me like a lapsed altar boy who dips into the sauce a bit too much and would rather admit it with a smile than repent. In Parliament of Whores, his opening essay about the differences between God and Santa Claus is worth twice the price of this book.
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NC actuary
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Outdated conservative ranting
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
While he makes many valid points, on some things he is just dead wrong. The chapter on Social Security is so full of nonsense that it wouldn''t even burn. I could claim, if I had his platform, that tax benefits to Wall street would pay off all the mortgages in the country... See more
While he makes many valid points, on some things he is just dead wrong. The chapter on Social Security is so full of nonsense that it wouldn''t even burn. I could claim, if I had his platform, that tax benefits to Wall street would pay off all the mortgages in the country and still have money left over.
To be fair, his screed about the insane depth of regulation is spot on. Lots of money to be saved by eliminating lots of government agencies that exist just because.
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Brian McKinny
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Definitely one of the best political and humorous writers of the 21st Century
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2016
P.J. O''Rourke is the master of political satirical commentary. His writing will make you laugh, make you angry, and may even make a liberal change their mind... Definitely one of the best political and humorous writers of the 21st Century, and I highly recommend this book,... See more
P.J. O''Rourke is the master of political satirical commentary. His writing will make you laugh, make you angry, and may even make a liberal change their mind... Definitely one of the best political and humorous writers of the 21st Century, and I highly recommend this book, or anything else he has written over his illustrious career. One of my favorite authors.
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Gary Kaempfer
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O''Rrourke tries to be Dave Barry funny and he is not
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2017
O''Rrourke tries to be Dave Barry funny and he is not. Politics can be funny at times but he tries to lighten each and every chapter with humor and he sort of fails here. He does take some solid positions and it is worth the read, but try to ignore the humor and sometimes... See more
O''Rrourke tries to be Dave Barry funny and he is not. Politics can be funny at times but he tries to lighten each and every chapter with humor and he sort of fails here. He does take some solid positions and it is worth the read, but try to ignore the humor and sometimes you get lost as to where he is going. He is more savvy than most when it comes to politics but this book just falls a little short.
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pat proctor
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
condition of book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 5, 2018
The book was in very poor condition. It smelt fusty,was yellowed and spotted, with damp possibly. I had to bin it due to the smell. I am very sorry to be doing this I have always had good service. I didn''t bother returning it since it was very cheap and so not worth the...See more
The book was in very poor condition. It smelt fusty,was yellowed and spotted, with damp possibly. I had to bin it due to the smell. I am very sorry to be doing this I have always had good service. I didn''t bother returning it since it was very cheap and so not worth the bother. Regards.
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Chris Myers
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P. J. O''Rourke, where are you when we need you?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 20, 2018
God, the man could write. Imagine the sort of stuff the P. J. of old would write with today''s subject matter. Venezuela, Sanders, Trump, Clintons...
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george wrey
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Must read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 29, 2017
O''R always fun
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Mr. Robert Kelly
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A funny and savage look at government
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 22, 2003
PJ O''Rourke''s examination of how the US government works(or doesn''t,) might be over a decade old, but seems as fresh and funny as if it were written yesterday. The fact that it was written during the early years of the adminstration of Bush snr adds much to the up to date...See more
PJ O''Rourke''s examination of how the US government works(or doesn''t,) might be over a decade old, but seems as fresh and funny as if it were written yesterday. The fact that it was written during the early years of the adminstration of Bush snr adds much to the up to date feel. Though focusing on the US, much of what O''Rourke says is relevant to governments everywhere. The truth about how government works is almost as shocking as it is hilarious. An excellent antidote to those who feel that everything in life would be better if we just threw more government at it.
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Rock Dueck
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didn''t enjoy it
Reviewed in Canada on January 26, 2019
I had hoped for more but found it very dry
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