Thursday, March 30, 2017

How the Hell Did This Happen? by P.J. O'Rourke

How the Hell Did This Happen? The Election of 2016 by P.J. O'Rourke --- 216 pages

P.J. O'Rourke is a self-described libertarian, the H.L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, former editor of National Lampoon, and a political and social commentator on a variety of media, with eighteen books published, including the best sellers Parliament of Whores and Give War A Chance. 

This latest book is a collection of pieces he did on the Presidential election campaign, beginning in June 2015 and ending with Election Day 2016, in which he skewers the performance of every candidate of both major parties. In the end, O'Rourke held his nose and endorsed Hillary Clinton as the most predictable and thus lesser of two evils, although not by much. His explanation of what happened? Confronted with the choices they were provided, the American electorate suffered a massive psychotic episode, comparable to the Salem witch trials of 1692. "So why not put Hillary on the dunking stool?"

Black humor at its finest. I laughed 'til I cried.

Click HERE to watch a video interview with the author from

Click HERE to listen to a radio interview with the author from the Cato Institute.

Click HERE to read the review from Publisher's Weekly.

Click HERE to read the review from the Washington Independent Review of Books.

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