Driving Like Crazy


P.J. O’Rourke

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“Driving Like Crazy” chronicles P. J. O’Rourke’s thirty-year-long love affair with cars – combining his classic pieces with new, previously unpublished work, it is an inimitably humorous and pleasurable celebration of cars, speed, and the open road. P. J. O’Rourke, ‘the funniest writer in America’, harbors a guilty pleasure – ever since growing up the son of a car dealer in Ohio, he has been crazy about cars. In “Driving Like Crazy”, he revels in his love for all things vehicular. From a thousand-mile expedition across Mexico, to a trek through Kyrgyzstan in the back of a Soviet army surplus truck; from an alcohol-fuelled weekend in North Carolina, to an eventful journey from Islamabad to Calcutta; and, from Buicks to Land Rovers to Harley-Davidson’s, P. J O’Rourke gets behind the wheel to take us on a hell-bending tour of some of the worlds most scenic – and most treacherous – roads. Along the way he muses on everything from the peculiar joys of NASCAR, to what type of car handles best, to the mind-boggling misdemeanors it is possible to perform in the front (and back) seat. Spanning over thirty years, and combining O’Rourke’s classic journalism with original, previously unpublished pieces, this is P. J. at his Gonzo best: a must-read for his many fans, and for anyone who shares his hopelessly passionate devotion to the car. Fasten your seatbelts; you’re in for a bumpy ride.