No Deficit Of Laughs


by P.J. O'Rourke; Atlantic Monthly Press; 233 pages; $19.95

Forget everything you ever learned about the U.S. government. You can toss it all -- the separation of powers, the electoral college and even the pocket veto -- into the trash can. Then pick up P.J. O'Rourke's Parliament of Whores, a riotously funny and perceptive indictment of America's political system. You'll stop reading only when you stop laughing.

O'Rourke, one of America's funniest writers and potentate of gonzo journalism, tried to find how the U.S. government works. His not-so-startling conclusion: it doesn't. Yet O'Rourke, an unabashed conservative with libertarian...

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