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Holidays in Hell

P.J. O'Rourke

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1 October 2012

Published by Grove Press

ISBN: 9781611855791

RRP: £6.99

1 June 2012

Published by Grove Press

ISBN: 9781611859850

P.J. O’Rourke travels to hellholes around the globe in Holidays in Hell, looking for trouble, the truth, and a good time. After casually sight-seeing in war-torn Lebanon and being pepper-gassed in Korea, P.J. checks out the night life in communist Poland and spends the Christmas holidays in El Salvador.

Taking a long look at Nicaragua, P.J. asks, “Is Nicaragua a Bulgaria with marimba bands or just a misunderstood Massachusetts with Cuban military advisors?”; has a close encounter with a Philippine army officer he describes as “powerful-looking in a short, compressed way, like an attack hamster”; and concludes, “Some people are worried about the difference between right and wrong. I’m worried about the difference between wrong and fun.”