The #1 New York Times–bestselling author takes an “unfailingly funny” look at global problems and offers his own political perspective (The Washington Times).
In this volume, the political humorist and former National Lampoon editor-in-chief attacks fashionable worries—all those terrible problems that are constantly on our minds and in the news, but about which most of us have no real clue—and crisscrosses the globe in search of solutions to today’s most vexing issues, including overpopulation, famine, plague, and multiculturalism. In the process, he produces a hilarious and informative book which ensures that the concept of political correctness will never be the same again.
“One of the funniest, most insightful, dead-on-the-money books of the year.” —Los Angeles Times
“O’Rourke’s best work since Parliament of Whores.” —The Houston Post
“Bottom line: Buy the book.” —The Wall Street Journal
Political humorist O'Rourke (Give War a Chance) takes a swipe at ``fashionable worries,'' reminding us that ``This is a moment of hope in history''-no more evil empire to threaten us. His contention that this is ``the best moment of all time'' and the U.S. is ``the best place to be'' is funny mostly in one-liners and anecdotes, but his larger arguments flag: while Miami's efforts at multiculturalism are worthy of parody, a field trip to ``multiculturalism in practice''-the war in Bosnia-is no real contrast. After skewering environmentalists, whom he accuses of crying wolf too often, the author visits the polluted Czech Republic to proclaim sophistically that collectivist government can't solve ecological problems. As usual, O'Rourke has a good eye for self-righteousness, but his libertarian reach exceeds his wisecracking grasp.