Synopses & Reviews
A New York Times bestselling author and Americaa (TM)s most preeminent political satirist PJ Oa (TM)Rourke has a past that some of his listeners may not know about a hea (TM)s a longtime gearhead. The son of a car dealer from Ohio, Oa (TM)Rourke has been writing about cars for Car and Driver, Automobile Magazine and Rolling Stone for over three decades. In his latest collection, Driving Like Crazy, Oa (TM)Rourke celebrates cars and his love for them, and chronicles the birth and death of the automobile in America.
Oa (TM)Rourke takes us on a whirlwind tour of the worlda (TM)s most scenic and bumpiest roads in trouble-laden cross-country treks, from a 1978 Florida-to-California escapade in a 1956 Special four-door Buick sedan to a 1983 thousand-mile effort across Mexico in the Baja 1000 to a trek through Kyrgyzstan in 2006 on the back of a Soviet Army surplus 6-wheel drive truck. For longtime fans of the celebrated humorist, the collection features a host of Oa (TM)Rourkea (TM)s classic pieces on driving, including How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink and his brilliant and funny piece from Rolling Stone on NASCAR and its peculiar culture.
Driving Like Crazy, which includes thirty years of Oa (TM)Rourkea (TM)s journalism on automobiles, and will include a number of original pieces, is a brilliant addition to the literature of cars. A collection that captures Oa (TM)Rourkea (TM)s passion for cars and their place in America.
A New York Times bestselling author and America's preeminent political satirist, P. J. O?Rourke also has another side to him?a gear-loose gearhead, automotive devotee, and terrifying driver. Son and grandson of car dealers in Ohio, P.J.'s family has been in the motor vehicle business since before there were motors in vehicles. And P.J. has been writing about cars?for Car and Driver, Automobile, Esquire, Forbes, and other publications?for what seems like almost as long. In this newly collected anthology of spiels-on-wheels, O?Rourke celebrates cars and berates car haters, and chronicles America's relationship with automobiles from love for a powerful chariot of freedom to tolerance of an oversized household appliance with an extra-long extension cord.Driving Like Crazy brings together thirty-some years of journalistic cornering on two wheels, including the classic ?How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink.? And he's written an appendix to that piece of sage advice for those who, like himself, are thirty years older now: ?How to Do Ditto While the Drugs Are Mostly Lipitor.?