Republican Party Reptile

Republican Party Reptile (1995) by PJ O’Rourke is a collection of essays with a few gems and a fair few misses.

The chapter Ship of Fools about a boat trip with American Left Wingers in the Soviet Union is very funny. The piece called “Ferrari refutes the Decline of the West” is well written and fun. The book also has one of O’Rourke’s most famous pieces “How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink” is interesting but really not that great. The gonzo journalism style of O’Rourke’s is in evidence but while the pieces are fun they are often not that good.

For fans of O’Rourke the book is worth reading and for others one or two of the pieces are worth a look but the book isn’t O’Rourke’s best.

3.5 / 5

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