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The Enemies List

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Written with the same acerbic wit and infectious humor that has made P. J. O'Rourke one of the most popular political satirists of all time, The Enemies List will keep you howling and his enemies scowling. From Noam Chomsky to Yoko Ono, from Peter, Paul, and Mary (yes, they're still alive) to all the people who think quartz crystals cure herpes, from Ralph Nader to the ent ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published October 1st 1995)
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Mark Edlund
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I like O'Rourke's previous books. He has an interesting take on American politics, ageing and liberals. However, this book, not so much. He started a write in campaign with the right wing American Spectator asking for readers to submit a new Enemies list a la Joe McCarthy. And liberals everywhere get creamed. But it is just a list with occasional editorial comments and of many folks I have never heard of. Yet Mike Tyson is on the list?
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Gerald Kinro
In this satire, O’Rourke calls for a new McCarthyism. It fell a little short for me for the first few chapters were merely lists of people which became a little cumbersome after a while. In the last third of the book, things picked up, however, when O’Rourke becomes his funny self by expanding some of his “lists”.

Curtiss
Apr 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, politics
P.J. mocks lefties and liberals with a semi-official Enemies List on behalf of my favorite magazine, [The:] American Spectator.
Brandon Bellinghausen
Witty, snarky fun.

As always, I would have gotten much more out of this if I were mere 20 years older...
Reed
Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Snore.
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I was a libertarian in college but thankfully grew out of it.
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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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