Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-bending Celebrating America the Way It’s Supposed to Be--With an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Mowing Our Lawn (2020)

Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-bending Celebrating America the Way It’s Supposed to Be--With an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Mowing Our Lawn P.J. O'Rourke Christopher Lane Driving Like Crazy Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell bending Celebrating America the Way It s Supposed to Be With an Oil Well in Every Backyard a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Mowing Our Lawn Driving Like Crazy celebrates cars and author P J O Rourke s love for them while chronicling the golden age of the automobile in America O Rourke takes us on a whirlwind tour of the world s most scen
  • Title: Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-bending Celebrating America the Way It’s Supposed to Be--With an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Mowing Our Lawn
  • Author: P.J. O'Rourke Christopher Lane
  • ISBN: 9781423396734
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Audio CD
Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-bending Celebrating America the Way It’s Supposed to Be--With an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Mowing Our Lawn P.J. O'Rourke Christopher Lane Driving Like Crazy celebrates cars and author P J O Rourke s love for them, while chronicling the golden age of the automobile in America O Rourke takes us on a whirlwind tour of the world 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 efforDriving Like Crazy celebrates cars and author P J O Rourke s love for them, while chronicling the golden age of the automobile in America O Rourke takes us on a whirlwind tour of the world 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 six wheel drive truck For longtime fans of the celebrated humorist, the collection features a host of O Rourke s classic pieces on driving, including How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink, about the potential misdeeds one might perform in the front and back seat of an automobile The Rolling Organ Donors Motorcycle Club, which chronicles a seven hundred mile weekend trip through Michigan and Indiana that O Rourke took on a Harley Davidson alongside Car Driver publisher David E Davis, Jr his brilliant and funny piece from Rolling Stone on NASCAR and its peculiar culture, recorded during an alcohol fueled weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1977 and an hilarious account of a trek from Islamabad to Calcutta in Land Rover s new Discovery Trek.
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  1. Kelley

    I love O Rourke It is just that simple While he is best known for his political writing he has covered a multitude of topics over the years True O Rourke fans know he has written for Car and Driver over the years and that he loves muscle cars Driving Like Crazy is a collection of automotive essays and adventures The humor that succeeds so well when describing how Congress doesn t work also succeeds when describing a drive through Baja California with Mike Nesmith.I give the book a high rating, k [...]

  2. William

    I ve been, and remain a huge fan of P J O Rourke s I ve always liked his PG 13 Gonzo style of writing a tamer version of Hunter Thompson Witt, Cynicism are the accounting firm of O Rourke s mind, and they are well used here Part travel book, part car book, with digressions into politics economics family life, offer something for everyone While not my favorite O Rourke book Eat The Rich retains that honor , it is a nice book to escape into, after watching the evening news or having just tried to [...]

  3. Brooks

    A lot of re tread material from O Rourke s magazine articles Some stuff from the early 1970s Only 5 10 pages of new material on the current crises However, still had me giggling.

  4. Rich

    I can t write about P.J O Rourke and not put in endless quotes He is the funniest man writing today Every night I pray God will turn me into P.J or at least give me the direct phone number and email addresses of his agent and editor Recently I read Peace Kills, which is a little somber than I m used, but then having been written in the shadow of 9 11 01, what else could it be Here he s back to his usual irreverent, hilarious self a collection from his 30 years of automotive writing These pieces [...]

  5. Robert

    You have heard of a book you cannot put down This is one you CAN put down.I thought I would go waaaay off course for my reading taste and try it I suspect if you are a gearhead it might be something to read It was an interesting choice after reading Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion This culture is part of what he was ranting about Maybe it s a generational thing I don t know I found it uninteresting and unfunny.

  6. Noah

    O Rourke is one of my favorite writers and humorists, so I expected a lot from this book In most of the new material, it feels like he s playing a caricature of himself, and in the old material, he hasn t finished sharpening his voice yet Maybe he just loses something when he s not talking politics I m not sure what the root cause is, but this book is very skippable, even for a big P.J O Rourke fan.

  7. Peter Tillman

    Full title Driving like crazy thirty years of vehicular hell bending, celebrating America the way it s supposed to be with an oil well in every backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in every carport, and the chairman of the Federal Reserve mowing our lawn No real memory of the book, but great title

  8. thewestchestarian

    Often hilarious, sometimes droll but for a limited audience Last year after smoking marijuana at a Westchester County campsite, a woman loaded several children and a bottle of vodka into her minivan and after the equivalent of 10 drinks drove for 2 miles the wrong way down the Saw Mill Parkway North eventually killing herself, the children and two unlucky men in a Chevy Trailblazer With this story in mind read P.J O Rourke s tales of 30 years of frequently drunken vehicular shenanigans across th [...]

  9. Todd Stockslager

    P J O Rourke s writing style, when applied to a serious topic like politics and the economy see On The Wealth of Nations Books That Changed the World , actually works better than it does here when applied in mostly and decidedly non serious style, to cars The shock of O Rourke s ribald and manic humor actually enlivens that potentially dead subject, while here reads too much like a fawning student of the Hunter S Thompson school of writing.Not that Driving Like Crazy is bad, just that much of it [...]

  10. Scott

    This book is based on automotive magazine articles done by O Rourke, re issued and than once re worked for the current political situation, where the Obama fun suckers rule the roost in Washington O Rourke is a conservative libertarian, and he skewers both political parties, as well as anyone else in his way His gonzo writing style recalls the manic, nervous pace of Hunter Thompson There is plenty of abuse here for most anyone not named P.J O Rourke, and he occasionally finds great humor in his [...]

  11. Chris Walker

    There are several laugh out loud moments in this book but I also felt rather horrified at times, like when laughing at Pulp Fiction It took me several chapters to get over what Mr O Rourke said he d like to do to Ralph Nader s brain for writing Unsafe at Any Speed in the introduction, for example The section on driving in the Baja Peninsula and India was rather predictable, too, but would be enjoyed by Top Gear enthusiasts The witty turns of phrase are plentiful but maybe a little too clever Sti [...]

  12. Mark

    I have greatly enjoyed O Rourke s political satires, Parliment of Whores, and Eat the Rich, but this is a book of a different sort O Rourke, who is one of the best conservative political writers, began his writing career as a pot smoking, carousing, hedonistic anarchist, writing first for National Lampoon and then for Car and Driver Somewhere in the Car and Driver days, he saw the light politically speaking This book as a collection with commentary of his writing concerning American car culture [...]

  13. Karl Kindt

    I put off reading this one even though I had it the year it was published I wanted to wait until I had a car worth driving, or else reading this book would have driven me crazy Now that I am the proud owner of a 2014 Mustang, I am glad to say this was an enjoyable read The articles have mostly been previously published, but P.J revised and improved them and made them read like they are chapters in one narrative I read P.J for the same reason I read Shakespeare the sheer joy of reading the way he [...]

  14. Lacey

    So far, my continuing with this book at all is a testimony to what a good writer PJ O Rourke is The book is about cars, a subject in which I have no interest The major secondary focus so far seems to be drinking and taking drugs, two activities that have little appeal for me and don t seem like interesting subjects to nonparticipants There s also a misogynist streak in the earliest of the essays included here I will say that the misogyny seems to get milder over time, and that O Rourke s recent [...]

  15. Mark Edlund

    How can you not like a book with a first chapter named How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting your Wing Wang Squeezed and not Spill your Drink This was written during his NatLamp years The next chapter is his 50 year old self responding to his 20 year old self O Rourke makes me laugh out loud even though his politics are just left of Genghis Khan The story of the Land Rover trip through India was hilarious and the Baja race was close on the laugh meter.Several Canadian references Mentions a ro [...]

  16. Jay Winters

    Book Closing Having been a PJ O Rourke fan for a while, I can t say that Driving Like Crazy is his absolute best work, but if you ve never read PJ before, it gives you a great dose of his hard hitting, laugh out loud while reading silently prose This time, PJ is centering his views about aging and the way that our world is changing by following the vehicles he has driven throughout his career as a foreign correspondent and basically gonzo journalist for organizations like Car Driver to Rolling S [...]

  17. Michael Hagerty

    P.J O Rourke has been a favorite of mine for 35 yearsnce the National Lampoon years And I was one delighted Car and Driver subscriber when the late David E Davis, Jr brought P.J onboard as a contributing editor.But where P.J disappoints is in his editing and re editing of what he wrote decades ago Perhaps at 62, we all would have written things differently than we would have at 32, but not only does P.J s tinkering smack of political correctness anathema to fans of P.J , it robs his pieces of a [...]

  18. Paul

    P.J looks back at some of his better automobile based stories from his years as a journalist, updating some with an older but not necessarily wiser man s perspective and leaving some stories of his on the road adventures alone Aside from getting too preachy at times about the fun suckers out to ruin his desire to drive as fast as he can and suck up all the gas in the world, and of course, the Obama adminstration you lost the last election guys, get over it already it s a fun book Richard Nixon s [...]

  19. Anthony

    PJ O Rourke is one of my favorite authors a former 60 s hippie turned libertarian hawk, he s written for a number of magazines including Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and currently writes for the Weekly Standard He s also written for a number of car magazines, and this book is a collection of essays from those mags, as well as some new ones It s laugh out loud funny in places, like where PJ talks about how the Plymouth Valient he drove in the 60 s overheated because the bong was blocking the temp [...]

  20. Steve

    I have enjoyed O Rourke since I first found his writing in Rolling Stone Magazine back in College This book is a collection of articles written for various sources PJ has written for lots of different publications that relate to Vehicles and O Rourke s love of them which makes it a little disjointed but still entertaining New commentary to relate the older articles to his current point in life and Libertarian point of view I found myself laughing out loud at the authors wry commentary Americans [...]

  21. Sean Tremel

    Driving Like Crazy is exactly as it s title suggests Stories about P.J s many adventures consisting of a car and America And Mexico P.J goes out of his way to break every law possible at that moment in time, without getting caught When writing this book, P.J doesn t hold back on the colorful language, not for younger audiences The adventures are told in great detail and I felt like I was in the story.

  22. Lyg

    Meh Read the first few chapters, skimmed through a couple Hardly compels the reader and is sure to kindly return your attention soon after it grabs it He disparages his early writing, describing himself as a wannabe who never was the person he wrote as While funny at moments, he himself best describes it, products of wishful thinking I think it holds true through the rest of what I read.

  23. Skylar Burris

    I usually like P.J O Rourke Though I laughed quite a bit when I read the introduction to this book, I only laughed once or twice during the first and second chapter, and I had to skim than a little It really dragged for me I will have to abandon this read I m just not that into cars Or even a little bit into cars, for that matter I much prefer O Rourke when he is writing about economics, environmentalism, war, or politics.

  24. David

    I have liked P.J for many years A lot of what he writes is utter garbage but I like the ideas behind what is written Even when the ideas are crap This book is largely retrospective and not being a car lover myself it is really the way he tells the stories that entertains Some of the stories may have only a mustard grain of fact in them but he elaborates well enough to make them entertaining Nice that he comes clean on some of his earlier exploits stories.

  25. Brian Jones

    I always enjoy P.J O Rourke books, but this one seems to be a relatively minor one The format, which is based for the most part on updates to automotive magazine essays written over the last thirty years, sets up a strange inconsistency in his voice that is distracting Really funny as always and perfectly enjoyable, but there are other books of his that I much prefer.

  26. Robert

    Not being a gear head I probably missed than a few of the nuances in this collection of car centric columns, but they are well written and entertaining enough to be worth a read even if you replace every car centric paragraph with the phrase doohickey and thingamajig, or if you skip them entirely.

  27. Gene Cords

    Vry funny in spots, but also too much funny stuff in others These are columns O Rourke has written over the years, and so they carry the flavors of those times i.e what was hilarious then may not be be now so much But he is always a good thing to read His views of everything are right out there and usually presented with a slight twist of humor.

  28. Surfing Moose

    I didn t know that this was retread of older material with a smidgen of new Since it is the first PJ O Rourke book I ve read, I ll give it a 3 as it was fun to read and try and pick up something that he has written and is only original material.

  29. Smh624

    This book was frustrating to read in the end I laughed out loud a number of times in the early parts and near the end In between it was tedious If you are a car mechanic the middle might be entertaining.

  30. Dennis

    That PJ O Rourke not only still has it, but had it from long ago My only dissapointment came from not seeing his Handling characteristics of Pickup trucks from Car and Driver circa 81 in the the book I still laughed until I cried in most of the chapters.

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