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All the Trouble in the World: The Lighter…
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All the Trouble in the World: The Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine,… (Original 1994; 1995. Auflage)

von P. J. O'Rourke (Autor)

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With All the Trouble in the World, P. J. O'Rourke once again landed on best-seller lists around the country, confirming his reputation as the pre-eminent political humorist of our time. Attacking fashionable worries - all those terrible problems that are constantly on our minds and in the news, but about which most of us have no real clue - P. J. crisscrosses the globe in search of solutions to today's most vexing issues, including overpopulation, famine, plague, and multiculturalism, and in the process produces a hilarious and informative book which ensures that the concept of political correctness will never be the same again. "One of the funniest, most insightful, dead-on-the-money books of the year." - Los Angeles Times; "All the Trouble in the World is O'Rourke's best work since Parliament of Whores." - The Houston Post; "The dispatches are unfailingly funny....Mr. O'Rourke gets to the heart of the matter with a steady stream of wisecracks....Economists, political scientistsand sociologists are inclined to approach the ills of society with regression analysis. P. J. O'Rourke just points and laughs. Not surprisingly, it is Mr. O'Rourke who gets it right." - The Washington Times; "Bottom line: Buy the book." - The Wall Street Journal.… (mehr)
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Titel:All the Trouble in the World: The Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Ecological Disaster, Ethnic Hatred, Plague, and Poverty
Autoren:P. J. O'Rourke (Autor)
Info:Atlantic Monthly Press (1995), Edition: Reprint, 340 pages
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I didn't enjoy this one as much as Holidays in Hell, but O'Rourke has a great storytelling style even when his politics and mine don't exactly agree. He makes a lot of good points, and is funny enough that even where I don't agree with him, his stories are great reading. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 30, 2017 |
Review: All The trouble In The World by P. J. O’Rourke.

I should have read this book a few years ago. The context is old news but still interesting. O’Rourke’s addresses serious issues with a sense of humor while being established as a good journalist. O’Rourke was on a world wide journey doing research and looking for solutions on the world’s most vexing issues in the late 1990’s. He invested his time on overpopulation, environmental living, economy, famine, plague, and multiculturalism, political and military issues. Some of the best chapters focus on our own back yard (USA) and the mission to save America from itself….

I found the subject mater about Somalia and Vietnam intellectually good reading material. His travels were about the same time Somalia was stricken with warfare and that is about the same time Somalian refugees came to the USA. However, at this time, 2015, Syria refugees are waiting for USA and other countries to take them in. I know right now I’m an American living in the USA, safe but also scared. So some of the context O’Rourke has written about has hit home for me.

I’m glad I read this book (I wish I had read the book sooner) because it’s relates so much information how other countries past and present has struggled to be uncontrolled and still some areas are still seeking solutions to have a place they can call home. Even here in USA O’Rourke has stated things about my country and how things get done when it comes to government, politics, poverty, the homeless, the Veterans, and the military. I read between the lines how many do not take the blame and pass the buck to the next person. This is not just happening in USA but in many countries.

O’Rouke goes on to say that the concept of political correctness will never be the same again. Sometimes, I wonder if it ever was correct….He also explains all his criticisms with fact and meaningful arguments. Like many journalists, he doesn’t have all the answers, but he does have a fairly different perspective.

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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
This book entailed a tour of the world's most prominent basket cases, Somalia, Bangladesh and Haiti and some of the lesser afflicted but nonetheless gravely affected ones such as Vietnam and Czech republic. All these conditions such as War, Famine, Poverty etc are of course self inflicted and man made and all of them of course have a solution.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
This book entailed a tour of the world's most prominent basket cases, Somalia, Bangladesh and Haiti and some of the lesser afflicted but nonetheless gravely affected ones such as Vietnam and Czech republic. All these conditions such as War, Famine, Poverty etc are of course self inflicted and man made and all of them of course have a solution.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
My reactions to reading this book in 1994.

As in his Parliament of Whores, O’Rourke makes libertarian/conservative arguments in popular, humorous satiric prose. As in that earlier book, O’Rourke is not a mindless basher of government employees and bureaucrats but sees some – not at the attendees of the Earth Summit in Rio though – as trying to do their best even if hampered by other bureaucrats or ignorance. (He has praise for the doctors combatting childhood diarrhea in WHO.)

O’Rourke also shows a great deal of compassion for those caught in the hells of the world – with the exception of the Somalians and the aforementioned bureaucrats in Rio. (He really hates Somalians and the predatory, nomadic culture of the warlords which despises productive work like farming.) He does a nice job of showing how most of the problems of the title are caused by government interference in property rights and free markets. (Though I thought he mischaracterized as a "plague" the miliions of children who die of diarrhea each year. That's not exactly a plague. It is a problem exacerbated by governmental interference. Still, his general point that a rich society with respect for law and free from corruption doesn’t suffer this kind of thing is well taken.)

Most of the arguments for free markets, property rights, and universal education I was familiar with already but I learned some specific things. (Still, there’s some inspired juxtapositions here like linking of O’Rourke’s alma mater Miami University and its new obsession with multiculturalism with the very empowered – with guns – minorities in the shambles of the old Yugoslavia.) He rightly points out, using Bangladesh (and shows its not the lurid hellhole most imagine) as an example, that overpopulation is only a problem for poor countries (Fremont California – an average suburb – has a denser population concentration than Bangadelsh) and population growth slows with increasing wealth. Furthermore, Bangadelsh is a rich country hampered by ignorance, poor government policies (though there, he notes, Milton Friedman is on a bureaucrat’s bookshop unlike the U.S.), and bad advice from outsiders via foreign aid, advice which seems to trap the country in an agricultural past. Somalia’s famine is due to governmental policies and a thuggish culture of warlords. Chapter 4 – “Saving the Earth: We’re All Going to Die Anyway” – makes the usual – and valid – libertarian case (as does Chapter 3) for considering cost/risk calculations and gives specific examples of how U.S. governmental policy harmed the environment. Haiti’s tragic, violent history is covered (along with a nice section on the emotional genesis and significance of voodoo. O’Rourke sees a poor country beset by two not all together evil or good government factions and a very generous, ambitious people he thinks we should let immigrate. (He compares voodoo to what humans abducted by aliens might come up with by way of religion. After all Haiti’s original slaves were kidnapped by strange looking people of a strange, advanced culture.) A trip to Vietnam turns into a happy examination of a country that officially babbles the Marxist tune but who has really fully embraced capitalism with much ambition and ingenuity.

There is much truth – and humor – in O’Rourke’s final musings that riches and liberty allows humans to act so disappointingly … human, that man’s long, painful history of struggle and sacrifice has produced O’Rourke (and many less ambitious, gifted, perceptive Americans) so how happy an outcome is that? Finally, I agreed with O’Rourke’s opening that we should stop whining and realize we have it better than any other humans ever had. ( )
  RandyStafford | Apr 28, 2013 |
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With All the Trouble in the World, P. J. O'Rourke once again landed on best-seller lists around the country, confirming his reputation as the pre-eminent political humorist of our time. Attacking fashionable worries - all those terrible problems that are constantly on our minds and in the news, but about which most of us have no real clue - P. J. crisscrosses the globe in search of solutions to today's most vexing issues, including overpopulation, famine, plague, and multiculturalism, and in the process produces a hilarious and informative book which ensures that the concept of political correctness will never be the same again. "One of the funniest, most insightful, dead-on-the-money books of the year." - Los Angeles Times; "All the Trouble in the World is O'Rourke's best work since Parliament of Whores." - The Houston Post; "The dispatches are unfailingly funny....Mr. O'Rourke gets to the heart of the matter with a steady stream of wisecracks....Economists, political scientistsand sociologists are inclined to approach the ills of society with regression analysis. P. J. O'Rourke just points and laughs. Not surprisingly, it is Mr. O'Rourke who gets it right." - The Washington Times; "Bottom line: Buy the book." - The Wall Street Journal.

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