Peace Kills: America's Fun New Imperialism

Version: Unabridged
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Comedy, Public Policy
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: June 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Having unraveled the mysteries of Washington in his classic best-seller Parliament of Whores and the mysteries of economics in Eat the Rich, one of our shrewdest and most mordant foreign correspondents now turns his attention to what is these days the ultimate mystery ' America's foreign policy. Although he has written about foreigners and foreign affairs for years, P.J. O'Rourke has, like most Americans, never really thought about foreign policy. Just as a dog owner doesn't have a 'dog policy,' says P.J., 'we feed foreigners, take care of them, give them treats, and when absolutely necessary, whack them with a rolled up newspaper.' But in Peace Kills, P.J. finally sets out to make sense of America's 'Great Game' (no, not the slot machines in Vegas). He visits countries on the brink of conflict, in the grips of it, and still reeling from it, starting with Kosovo, where he discovers that 'whenever there's injustice, oppression, and suffering, America will show up six months late and bomb the country next to where it's happening.' From there, it's on to Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where P.J. witnesses both the start and finish of hostilities. P.J. also examines the effect of war and peace on the home front ' from the absurd hassles of airport security to the hideous specter of anthrax (luckily the only threats in his mail are from credit card companies). Peace Kills is P.J. O'Rourke at his most incisive and relevant ' an eye-opening look at a world much changed since he declared in his number-one national best-seller Give War a Chance that the most troubling aspect of war is sometimes peace itself.

Reviews (4)

Nothing fun about it

Written by Anonymous from Ashburn, VA on March 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I rented this audiobook because I like PJ O'Rourke, but didn't find much humor in this book. I took nothing away from this.

Peace Kills

Written by Anonymous on December 22nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Hilarious! PJ O'Rourke fans will love his insight along with his analytical and sarcastic humor. The narrator did an excellent job of hitting the right comical notes and stay with the flow of the book. A must listen to for Poly Sci buffs.

Vintage P.J. O'Rourke

Written by Mitch Goodrich on May 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Once again, P.J. O'Rourke hits the nail on the head. His travelogue is insightful, funny and...right! He uses his trademark razor wit to slash through the politcally-correct fog. Fans of P.J. will love it.

Peace Kills: America's Fun New Imperial...

Written by Donald Manweiler from Oceanside, CA on February 6th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book was just pointless and annoying. A real waste of time!

Author Details

Author Details

O'Rourke, P. J.

P. J. O'Rourke is the author of twelve books, including Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance, both of which were #1 New York Times best sellers. His most recent book is the best seller On the Wealth of Nations.