|Subject:||Hard Cover Non-Fiction||Publisher:||Grove/Atlantic|
|Published:||September 14th 2018||Pages:||304|
After decades covering war and disaster, bestselling author and acclaimed satirist P. J. O’Rourke takes on his scariest subjects yet—business, investment, finance, and the political chicanery behind them.
Want to get rich overnight for free in 3 easy steps with no risk? Then don’t buy this book. (Actually, if you believe there’s a book that can do that, you shouldn’t buy any books because you probably can’t read.) P.J.’s approach to business, investment, and finance is different. He takes the risksfor you in his chapter “How I Learned Economics by Watching People Try to Kill Each Other.” He proposes “A Way to Raise Taxes That We’ll All Love”—a 200% tax on celebrities. He offers a brief history of economic transitions before exploring the world of high tech innovation with a chapter on “Unnovations,” which asks, “The Internet—whose idea was it to put all the idiots on earth in touch with each other?” He misunderstands bitcoin, which seems “like a weird scam invented by strange geeks with weaponized slide rules in the high school Evil Math Club.” He closes with a fanciful short story about the morning that P.J. wakes up and finds that all the world’s goods and services are free! This is P.J. at his finest, a book not to be missed.
P. J. O’Rourke has written nineteen books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics.Parliament of Whores andGive War a Chance both reached #1 on theNew York Times bestseller list. He is a contributing editor at theWeekly Standard, H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, a regular panelist on NPR’sWait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, and editor-in-chief of the web magazineAmerican Consequences. He lives in rural New England, as far away from the things he writes about as he can get.