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Peace Kills

P.J. O'Rourke

RRP: £16.99

23 September 2004

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843542728

RRP: £6.99

1 April 2009

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848872592

In this latest collection of adventures, P. J. O’Rourke casts his mordant eye on America’s recent forays into warfare. Imperialism has never been more fun. O’Rourke first travels to Kosovo, where he meets KLA veterans, Albanian refugees and peacekeepers, and confronts the paradox of ‘the war that war-haters love to love’. He visits Egypt, Israel and Kuwait, where he witnesses citizens enjoying their newfound freedoms – namely, to shop, to eat and to sit around a lot. Following 11 September, O’Rourke examines the far-reaching changes in the US, from the absurd hassles of airport security; to the dangers of anthrax. In Iraq, he witnesses both the beginning and the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and takes a tour of a presidential palace, concluding that the war was justified for at least one reason: criminal interior decorating.

Peace Kills is an eye-opening look at a world much changed since O’Rourke wrote his bestselling Give War a Chance in which he declared the most troubling aspect of war is sometimes peace itself.

‘The first thing you learn about P. J. O’Rourke is this: he cannot turn off his mirth valve. Such is the severity of P. J.’s condition that the only person to have more entries in The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations is Oscar Wilde. This makes O’Rourke either the funniest man alive, or the wittiest heterosexual of all time’ Mail on Sunday