P. J. O’Rourke

P. J. O’Rourke (1947-2022) was an American political satirist who wrote lots of very, very funny books. His politics were conservative and libertarian and not all his jokes have stood the test of time, but he was cosmopolitan in outlook, travelling widely and casting his keen satirical eye over what he saw around the world. Until his death in 2022, he was credited with having more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other living writer.

Books by P. J. O’Rourke

Interviews with P. J. O’Rourke

The Best Political Satire Books, recommended by P. J. O’Rourke

Satire is humour used for a moral purpose, explains American political satirist P.J. O’Rourke—though it doesn’t have to be particularly funny and can be quite dark. Here, he chooses five classic works of political satire, books that lay bare the shortcomings of not only communism and fascism but also the two-party system and the quest for a perfect society where everyone is happy.

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