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All The Trouble In The World

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  1,387 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
O'Rourke takes a look at a lighter side of overpopulation, famine, plague, multiculturalism, and other fashionable worries.
Paperback, 340 pages
Published September 5th 1995 by Vintage Canada (first published January 1st 1994)
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Jan 31, 2008 Adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His subtitles to the chapters are excellent. Overpopulation: Just enough of me, way too much of you. He helps you realize it's not population density that's a problem, it's lack of freedom and rule of law. And people who claim to worry about overpopulation are really just disguising their racism (Too many brown people).

Famine: All guns, no butter. Somalia is the case study for how you can actually have a lot of food around and people will still starve due to political repression. It was so absur
Nov 26, 2012 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kind of weird to read a (what is admittedly a well written, for the form) right wing screed from the mid 90's today. LOTS of stuff that would go over like a fart in church, i.e. constantly tying abortion to black people (Fun fact, actually worked at an abortion clinic, VERY high percentage of white people there. Solid majority.) throwing the homeless under the bus as a bunch of crack addicts, and a wierd, overwhelming obsession with Gore and Hillary. I guess it's nice to be reassured that the in ...more
Jul 03, 2007 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"We are no longer in grave danger of the atomic war which, for nearly fifty years, threatened to annihilate humanity and otherwise upset everyone's weekend plans. The nasty, powerful and belligerent empire that was the Soviet Union has fallen apart. It's nothing now but a space on the map full of quarreling nationalities with too many k's and z's in their names--armed scrabble contestants."

"It was a world in which "nigger" was not a taboo name, but the second half of "Beavis and Butt-head" would
Raegan Butcher
One of the funniest writers in the world.Practically everything by O'Rourke is worthwhile.
Hai Quan
Jan 12, 2014 Hai Quan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is political incorrect to say the great majority of all people in the the U S if not the whole world are stupid, apathetic,brainwashed zombies or sleepwalkers.

Proof ? No need to look further than the fact the pea size brain cowboy G.W.Bush Jr. was elected not just one time, but also the second time as the Prez of the Evil Empire.Under the Emperor Bush ruling , everywhere you went , you hear blatant lies, self-serving rhetoric, arrogant accusations and threats, and nonsensical blabbing .They w
May 11, 2016 Leftbanker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Congratulations, PJ O’Rourke, you were partly responsible for the morons on America’s ultra-right fringe today who have no use for science, government, and civility. Teabaggers today don't have the slightest idea of what happened during our 2008 financial meltdown and thus were easily talked into blaming it all on home owners drowning in debt on variable rate mortgages they didn't understand, school teachers who have the temerity to earn a middle class wage, and Mexican immigrants who actually p ...more
Review: All The trouble In The World by P. J. O 19Rourke.

I should have read this book a few years ago. The context is old news but still interesting. O 19Rourke 19s addresses serious issues with a sense of humor while being established as a good journalist. O 19Rourke was on a world wide journey doing research and looking for solutions on the world 19s most vexing issues in the late 1990 19s. He invested his time on overpopulation, environmental living, economy, famine, plague, and multicultural
Let me say this up front, I am a PJ O'Rourke fan. If you find his particular brand of Libertarian tinged conservatism offensive, you probably will not enjoy this book. On the other hand, if it doesn't bother you, this is a funny and informed look at a lot of issues that worry modern Americans. His personal take on famine and pestilence is not exactly gentle, but its fun. This is my second favorite of his books after the immortal parliament of Whores. While neither as rapier sharp nor as spot on ...more
Gerald Kinro
Apr 01, 2012 Gerald Kinro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny. O’Rourke pulls no punches in going after the fashionable worries, those that appear constantly in the news but about which most of us are rally ignorant about. O’Rourke travels the world to explore real problems-- overpopulation, famine, plague, and multiculturalism. While reading this, I felt that we in America have it pretty good compared to many in India, South America and the like. The author does the job of informing us with humor and not by whining which many books of this type will ...more
Oct 28, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
I think P.J. O'Rourke is really funny. He travels around the world trying to discover the causes of why some places suck and others do not. He's irreverent, he notices and appreciates absurdities and his facts are well researched. Learning about bureaucracy, economics, disasters, famine, etc... has never been so much fun.
Jan 13, 2009 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book wqas very influential in disturbing my innocent liberal view of the world. I especially liked the chapter comparing the population density of Fremont California to Bangladesh. While this book didn't turn me into a reagan republican it did puncture some of my more liberal assumption of the world. :-)
Jesse Broussard
Apr 14, 2008 Jesse Broussard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good, hilarious
Very enjoyable and informative (with particular eloquence on the subject of famines and overpopulation).

Worth reading once, and worth referring to after that.

"Sorry Al (Gore), for calling you a fascist twinkie and intellectual dolt. It's nothing personal. I just think you have repulsive totalitarian inclinations and the brains of a king charles spaniel."
Rhetorically fun in teensy-tiny doses. Easily gets old and hard to care about, but worth picking up just for the commonplaces in the first 10 pages. His message exposes folly without answering in hope.
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
I didn't enjoy this one as much as Holidays in Hell, but O'Rourke has a great storytelling style even when his politics and mine don't exactly agree. He makes a lot of good points, and is funny enough that even where I don't agree with him, his stories are great reading.
Melvyn Harris
Jan 24, 2013 Melvyn Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd been meaning to read some of P. J. O'Rourke's work for a while now - finally I made time to and it was worth the wait. Knowing his credentials as a political humourist I knew more or less what to expect. In this book he investigates fashionable(*) worries such as over-population, famine, plague, multi-culturalism, ecology, the environment and economics. On the way he takes a swipe at the political classes who seem unwilling to deal with these problems, who cannot seem to devise any solutions ...more
Nov 05, 2016 NK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You have to have some thick skin to really be able to read this book. There are some really obnoxious things that are written that are nowhere near pc & you have to be prepared for it. You sometimes can't help but laugh at what P.J. writes. At the same time you can view things differently in how he comes up w/ the stuff which will make you roll your eyes sometimes as well. Although this book is written at the height of the 90's there is a multitude of things happening during that time & ...more
Feb 27, 2009 Noah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I applaud anyone who maintains a chapter-long analogy between Fremont, CA and Bangladesh, this book feels overreaching, in terms of both its scope and its contrarianism. It's overly long, and sometimes O'Rourke sounds like he has run out of steam and has resorted to playing the character of himself. Like Peace Kills, I preferred the first chapter, a summary of his general sentiments. I have to conclude that O'Rourke works best when he's covering everything that's wrong with the human ra ...more
Oct 23, 2016 NoBeatenPath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-but-unowned
I am a vegetarian. I disapprove of the death penalty. I am a feminist . You could even say I am a liberal. Yet, I defy all stereotyping, because I love the writing of P J O'Rourke. Yes, his writing is biased (show me writing that isn't) Yes, he can be bombastic. But if you want an informed and entertaining read on the important issues facing the world today, you could not go past this man as a great starting point. Love or loathe the individual, you have to admire the writer. Well done again, Mr ...more
Martyn Kinsella-Jones
Jun 28, 2013 Martyn Kinsella-Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Of all the O'Rourke titles I've ever bought, this has to be my all time favourite. P J takes his sarcastic scalpel to all sorts of political sacred cows and finds himself answering the question 'Where's the beef?' My current copy goes everywhere with me as a kind of 'dip into' read for all those moments when the world seems a little crazier than usual. Down to Earth in a screaming re-entry trajectory kind of way.
Nov 20, 2011 WR rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My boss pulled this book off a shelf in his (rather extensive) collection, highlighting it as a really funny book. And indeed it was! I found myself laughing out loud many a time, and yes, the subtitles are so, so hilarious! Also quite amazed that the Problems of the 1990s still seem current today. Or maybe that should be tragic,
Matthew Dambro
May 27, 2015 Matthew Dambro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outrageously funny. He slaughters so many sacred cows that the book looks like a butcher's shop. He truly is very funny about serious issues. His combination of comedy and conservatism is refreshing and enlightening. He is one of my favorites.
Big Mike
O'rourke is a drunken Irishmen with some out of whack bullshit typical rich white man ideals. That being said for whatever reason i find his books a sad yet brilliant commentary on the state of things.
Jun 19, 2007 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this a long time ago, and I wonder if my opinion of it would change if I read it again today. I remember this book being funny, and that he's a clever guy and a good writer. I don't recall agreeing with a lot of it though.
Apr 06, 2008 Danelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Danelley by: Adam
P.J.O'Rourke always gets me thinking. I like his wit, and his conclusions are so interesting. The section on Famine was especially eye-opening.

Just watch out for language! There can be quite a few cusses in his books.
May 24, 2014 Jben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not great. Probably the book that begins his progression from Amusing Libertarian Writer to That Bore At The Bar Who Thinks He's Funnier Than He Really Is. Cringe-inducing commentary on the environment. Worth it only for the reportage from the then-new Czech Republic and the Balkans.
Benjamin Alexander
very funny..very insightful. the ending will surprise you. Jason Farley says he's a Christian, though when he wrote this one, I don't think he was. Some of his other books are way dirtier than this one.
James M.
Aug 01, 2011 James M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful! Especially the population bomb section where he demolishes Al Gore....
Gwen Burrow
Jun 12, 2009 Gwen Burrow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Funny. O'Rourke pokes a lot of holes, but doesn't have much to fill them with.
This guy is a libertarian nut-bag, but still funny.
Oct 12, 2009 Erinfarleys is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Lovin this book. He loves colorful language so stay away if you cannot tolerate that sort of thing.
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Patrick Jake "P. J." O'Rourke is an American political satirist, journalist, writer, and author. O'Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio's game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. Since 2011 O'Rourke has been a columnist ...more
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