Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government (Paperback)
Called "an everyman's guide to Washington" (The New York Times), P. J. O'Rourke's savagely funny and national best-seller Parliament of Whores has become a classic in understanding the workings of the American political system. Originally written at the end of the Reagan era, this new edition includes an extensive foreword by the renowned political writer Andrew Ferguson -- showing us that although the names and the players have changed, the game is still the same. Parliament of Whores is an exuberant, broken-field run through the ethical foibles, pork-barrel flimflam, and bureaucratic bullrorfle inside the Beltway that leaves no sacred cow unskewered and no politically correct sensitivities unscorched. "Highly pungent and wickedly accurate observations ... [from a] boisterous, pedal-to-the-floor humorist." -- The New York Times Book Review "Outrageous ... It is insulting, inflammatory, profane, and absolutely great reading." -- The Washington Post Book World "A gonzo civics book ... O'Rourke is like a trophy hunter let loose in an unguarded zoo." -- Chicago Tribune
About the Author
P. J. O Rourke is the author of twelve books, including Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance, both of which were #1 New York Times best sellers. His most recent book is the best seller On the Wealth of Nations.
Andrew Ferguson, a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a columnist for Bloomberg News, is the author of Land of Lincoln and Fools Names, Fools Faces, a collection of his essays. Before joining the Standard at its founding in 1995, he was senior editor at Washingtonian magazine. Ferguson has been a columnist for Fortune, TV Guide, and Forbes FYI, and a contributing editor to Time magazine. He has written for the New Yorker, New York, the New Republic, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and many others. In 1992 he was a White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife and two children.