Synopses & Reviews
"Humorist O'Rourke shifts gears, covering and combining past pieces on cars (for Automobile, Car and Driver, Esquire and Forbes) with new material to set this auto anthology in motion. Much has been reworked 'because the writing how to put this gently to myself sucked.' Starting with car journalism language ('Drop the bottle and grab the throttle'), he steers the reader toward California cars: 'Many automobiles were purchased to attract members of L.A.'s eight or ten opposite sexes.' He writes about a variety of vehicles, from off-road racers to Philippine jeepneys ('a Willys cut in half and lengthened'). Accelerating the humor, he updates his 1979 account of a 700-mile weekend trip through Michigan and Indiana: 'I can imagine what the farm girls and small town teen angels who looked so longingly at the Harley-Davidson FXE-80 Super Glide would have thought if I had been riding a Segway: 'dork.'' His early essay 'How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink' is followed by wild road trips, NASCAR nights and selecting 'a new grocery hauler, parent trap, Keds sled, family bus.' Never in neutral, O'Rourke offers laughter on wheels. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
With the car industry under attack, both socially and economically, it is pleasing to read ORourkes trenchant analysis of all the good things the automobile has brought to American society, even as his tongue is firmly planted in cheek . . . A great book for summer reading; thumbing through it elicits a laugh at almost any point.” Library Journal
Libertarian satirist P.J. ORourke has built a bestselling career by celebrating his own politically incorrect intemperance. So its only fitting that hes devoted some of his best writing to that gaudy metaphor for excess, the gas-guzzling muscle car . . . The collapse of the auto industry makes the book poignantly timely.” SmartMoney
Car buff or not, all dads can enjoy satirist P.J. ORourkes ode to the American automobile.” The Daily Beast
[A] treat of a book . . . As with almost all of ORourkes work, its easy reading, and hes just as good, if not better, at cracking wise about cars and driving as he is about liberal politics.” Dallas Morning News
Readers looking for insights and laughs will not be disappointed by Driving Like Crazy . . . [it] is a ride worth taking, even for readers who dont know an oil pan from a frying pan.” Washington Times
Driving Like Crazy isnt just a bound collection of greatest hits. P.J. has written new lead-ins to each story that offer fresh meat even for those who think theyve read it all before . . . This book is a must-read.” Automobile Magazine
Reading ORourke can be like being dragged over a rocky field by a runaway ox on crystal metha wild and bumpy ride. His is a cartoonish vision of life, unapologetically if not joyously puerile, with enough hyperbolic volatility pumped into every paragraph to explode the Hindenburg all over again . . . For the automotive Walter Mittys of the world, who dream of an outlaw life on the road and identify more with the peace-disturbers than the peacemakers, its definitely something worth keeping under the pillow.” Bruce McCall, Globe and Mail
An insightful look not just at the American love affair with cars, but also at one mans changing outlook on life, all of it fast-paced and over the top . . . Even readers who know nothing about cars and motorcycles will appreciate the joy and hilarity of this book.” Booklist
Never in neutral, ORourke offers laughter on wheels.” Publishers Weekly
"Fasten your seatbelt, O'Rourke is about to provide us with some rocket-reading essays about life in the fast lane, the slow lane, and most of the time, no lane at all . . . This is not your parent's armchair travel book, but be sure to make it yours." Ohioana Quarterly
This book is a monument to slash-and-burn living, glorifying old cars whose miles-per-gallon ratings read like shoes sizes and indulgent off-road races conducted in fragile terrain. The thing is, youll hardly hear the cries of the rare lizards and cactuses being ground to extinction under ORourkes tires because youll be laughing too hard.” New York Times Book Review
A collection spanning thirty years, chronicling famed humorist and gearhead P. J. ORourkes love affair with the automobile from mid-twentieth century to now—from heyday to sickbay.
Spanning 30 years, this collection chronicles famed humorist and gearhead P.J. O'Rourke's love affair with the automobile from mid-20th century to now, from heyday to sickbay.