How the Hell Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016 (Paperback)

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"Where are we going? Where have we been? P. J. O'Rourke casts his gimlet gaze on the circus of clowns-people foisted on us by the 2016 election--and demands to know How the Hell Did This Happen?--Vanity Fair, Hot Type

The 2016 election cycle was so absurd that celebrated political satirist, journalist, and die-hard Republican P. J. O'Rourke endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. In How the Hell Did This Happen?, P.J. brings his critical eye and inimitable voice to some seriously risky business. Starting in June 2015, he surveys the full cast of presidential candidates, and offers a brief history of how our insane process for picking who will run for president evolved, concluding: "Consistency is not a hallmark of American politics, but exceptions are made when the constant is stupidity. Today's primaries are as stupid as they've always been." He takes us through the debates and key primaries and analyzes everything from the campaign platforms (or lack thereof) to presidential fashion choices. And he rises up from the depths of despair to come up with a better way to choose a president--road-trip style. Following his come-to-Satan moment with Hillary and the Beginning of End Times in November, P.J. reckons with our new age: "America is experiencing a change in the nature of leadership. We're getting rid of our leaders. And we're starting at the top." And in a new afterword, P.J. tackles the next big question: "When the hell is this going to end?

About the Author

P. J. O'Rourke has written eighteen books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance both reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, a regular panelist on NPR's Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me, and a columnist for the Stansberry Digest investment letter. He lives in rural New England, as far away from the things he writes about as he can get.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802127655
ISBN-10: 0802127657
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: January 9th, 2018
Pages: 240
Language: English