Holidays in Heck

Holidays in Heck

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Over twenty years ago, P.J. O’Rourke published Holidays in Hell, the classic travelogue that found him searching for excitement in places like Warsaw, Managua, and Belfast. In Holidays in Heck, the man dubbed “the funniest writer in America” by Time and The Wall Street Journal steps into the new and slightly less dangerous territory of the family vacation.

The O’Rourke clan treks to places as close to home as Disneyland and Washington, D.C., and as far-flung as China, all while P.J. attempts to dissuade his wife from shopping and keep his children entertained. His travels often leave him wishing he were under artillery fire again. At one point, the family takes a ski trip—to Ohio. Here, he warns his daughter not to ski out of bounds, “because it’s completely flat.” Later, during their visit to the National Museum of American History, P.J. calls the building, “ugly in a way that’s best described as built in 1964.” And one of his solo adventures takes him on a horse trek across the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, where his route consists of cliff faces that leave him dangling very much off of his saddle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455835010
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

P. J. O’Rourke is the author of twelve books, including Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance, both of which were #1 New York Times best sellers. His most recent book is the best seller On the Wealth of Nations.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: A Former War Correspondent Experiences Frightening Vacation Fun 1

1 Republicans Evolving: The Galapagos Elands, April 2003 7

2 Monumental Generations: The National World War FL Memorial, Washington, D.C. June 2004 17

3 Round on the Ends and "Hi!" in the Middle: Ohio Skiing, February 2005 23

4 Riding to the Hounds versus Going to the Dogs: Britain after the Hunting Ban, March 2005 35

5 My EU Vacation: Reading the European Constitution on a French Beach, Guadeloupe, May 2005 53

6 On First Looking into the Airbus A380: Toulouse, June 2005 59

7 If You Think Modern Life Is Awful, You Haven't Seen Modern Art: Venice Biennale, July 2005 75

8 My Wife's Got a Gun: Brays Eland Plantation, South Carolina, February 2006 85

9 A Freedom Ride through China: Spring 2006 95

10 Side Trip Up the Yangtze: June 2006 127

11 A Horse of a Different Color: Kyrgyzstan, July 2006 141

12 Sweet-and-Sour Children and Twice-Fried Parents to Go: Hong Kong, December 2007 159

13 The Big Stick, or Why I Voted for John McCain: USS Theodore Roosevelt, April 2008 177

14 White Man Speak with Forked Tongue: The Field Museum, Chicago, May 2008 187

15 The Decline and Fall of Tomorrow: Disneyland, June 2008 199

16 A Journey to … Let's Not Go There: Summer 2008 213

17 The Seventy-Two-Hour Afghan Expert: Kabul, July 2010 227

18 Capital Gains: Washington, D. C, August 2010 253

19 Home Unalone: New Hampshire, March 2011 263

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