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Holidays in Hell

P. J. O'Rourke

RRP: £9.99

1 October 2012

Published by Grove Press UK

ISBN: 9781611855791

RRP: £7.99

1 June 2012

Published by Grove Press UK

ISBN: 9781611859850

Holidays in Hell follows P. J. O’Rourke on a global fun-finding mission to the most desperate places on the planet, from the bombed-out streets of Beirut to the stultifying blandness of Heritage USA.

P.J.’s unforgettable adventures abroad include storming student protesters’ barricades in South Korea, interviewing Communist insurrectionists in the Philippines, and going undercover in Arab garb at Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock Mosque.

Packed with P.J.’s classic riffs on everything from Polish nightlife under communism to Third World driving tips, Holidays in Hell is one of the best-loved books by one of today’s most celebrated humorists – a full-tilt, no-holds-barred romp through politics, culture, and ideology.

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.”

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