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

| Atlantic Monthly Press | 3/7/2017

ISBN-10 : 0802126197   ISBN-13 : 9780802126191   List Price : $25.00

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No comedian could have written the joke this election cycle has been. The punch line is too ridiculous (whoever the punch line is going to be). Or, as celebrated political satirist, journalist, and diehard Republican P. J. O’Rourke put it in his angry and exasperated endorsement of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton: ?America is experiencing the most severe outbreak of mass psychosis since the Salem witch trials of 1692. No, it’s worse than that. What kind of witch hunt leaves Hillary not dunked in the pond?”

In his latest book, P.J. brings his critical eye and inimitable voice to some serious risky business. The Mocking of the President begins with him donning a hazmat suit and diving into the pig pile of presidential candidates circa June 2015 including Jim (?who?”) Webb, Scott Walker (?America’s chance to have a President who gets carded every time he orders a beer”), Ted Cruz (?crazy like a fox?no, like a Fox News broadcast), Bernie Sanders (?Donald Trump for people still living in their parents’ basements”), and Donald Trump himself ("Landlord of the Flies"). P.J. eviscerates each frontrunner as he or she emerges from under the rock where they’ve all been living. He covers the dreadful key primaries and the horrid candidate debates. P.J. takes us from ?Who are these jacklegs, high-binders, wire-pullers, mountebanks, swellheads, buncombe spigots, four-flushers and animated spittoons offering themselves as worthy of America’s highest office?” through his come-to-Satan moment with Hillary??She’s a fool and a shrew. I endorse her. She’s the second worst thing that could happen to our nation. I endorse her.”?to the Beginning of End Times in November.

The Mocking of the President: From USA to WTF in One Election Year answers the key question of the 2016 presidential election: Should we laugh or should we cry or should we hurl? (They are not mutually exclusive.)

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 0802126197
  • ISBN-13: 9780802126191
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 256