P.J. O’Rourke has had a prolific career as one of America’s most celebrated humorists. But that career almost didn’t happen. As he explains it, “I began to write for pay in the spring of 1970. To tell the truth, I didn’t even mean to be a writer, I meant to be a race car driver, but I didn’t have a race car.”
Fortunately for us, he had to settle for writing. From his earliest pieces for the National Lampoon, through his classic reporting as Rolling Stone’s International Affairs editor in the 80s and 90s, and his brilliant, inimitable political journalism and analysis, P.J. has been entertaining and provoking readers with high-octane prose, a “pants-down Republican” attitude, and a rare ability to make readers who can read silently without moving their lips laugh out loud.
In the introduction to this collection, P.J. looks back on his body of work and realizes, “I start out making fun of a second-rate American president and wind up making fun of a second-rate American president.” Hand picked and introduced by the humorist himself,Thrown Under the Omnibus is the essential P.J. O’Rourke reader—a must have for any of his fans.