Ranging over five decades, Thrown Under the Omnibus is the definitive anthology of the work the writer the Wall Street Journal has called “the funniest writer in America”
Thrown Under the Omnibus
“Whether you agree with him or not, P.J. writes a helluva piece.”Richard Nixon
978-0-8021-2567-5 • $20.00 • Paperback • Nov. 2016
“P.J. O’Rourke is like S.J. Perelman on acid.”
P. J. O’Rourke has had a prolific career as one of America’s most celebrated humorists. But that career almost didn’t happen. As he tells it, “I began to write for pay in the spring of 1970. To tell the truth I didn’t even mean to be a writer, I meant to be a race car driver, but I didn’t have a race car.”
Fortunately for us, he had to settle for writing. From his early pieces for the National Lampoon (“How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink”), through his classic reporting as Rolling Stone’s International Affairs editor in the ’80s and ’90s (“Among the Euroweenies”), and his brilliant, inimitable political reporting and analysis (Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, Eat the Rich), P.J. has been entertaining and provoking readers with high-octane prose, a gonzo republican attitude, and a rare ability to make you laugh out loud while silently reading to yourself. Chris Buckley once described his work as “S. J. Perlman on acid,” and when Penguin first published its Dictionary of Modern Humorist Quotations, P.J. had more entries than any other living writer.
For the first time, Thrown Under the Omnibus brings together his funniest, most outrageous, most controversial, and most loved pieces in the definitive P.J. reader. Handpicked and introduced by the humorist himself, Thrown Under the Omnibus is the essential P. J. O’Rourke anthologya must have for any of his fans.