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Holidays in Hell

Now available as an ebook, the original classic in which P.J. O'Rourke takes on the role of tour guide with hilarious results

P.J. O'Rourke travels to hellholes around the globe in Holidays in Hell, looking for trouble, the truth, and a good time. After casually sight-seeing in war-torn Lebanon and being pepper-gassed in Korea, P.J. checks out the night life in communist Poland and spends the Christmas holidays in El Salvador.

Taking a long look at Nicaragua, P.J. asks, "Is Nicaragua a Bulgaria with marimba bands or just a misunderstood Massachusetts with Cuban military advisors?"; has a close encounter with a Philippine army officer he describes as "powerful-looking in a short, compressed way, like an attack hamster"; and concludes, "Some people are worried about the difference between right and wrong. I'm worried about the difference between wrong and fun."

'The first few pages of this book made me laugh so much I dropped it on my month-old baby... Holidays in Hell is a splendid read.' Evening Standard

Important places

Beirut (83)
Warsaw (180)


Beirut (83)
Masovian (189)
Managua (6)
Seoul (66)


Nicaragua (146)
Panama (134)
Poland (895)
El Salvador (51)
Israel (802)
Philippines (382)
Syria (352)
Republic of Korea (343)
Lebanon (237)

Other geographical areas

Levant Coast (27)
Korea (167)
Central America (806)
Western Asia (1,597)
Eastern Asia (2,196)
Eastern Europe (2,710)