Parliament of Whores

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Parliament of Whores
Author P. J. O'Rourke
Country United States
Language English
Subject Political satire
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication date
May 1991
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 233pp. (first edition)
ISBN 0-871-13455-1
OCLC 23179636
LC Class JK34.O74 1991

Parliament of Whores is an international best-selling political humor book by P. J. O'Rourke published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1991. Subtitled "A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire US Government", Parliament is a scathing critique of the American system of governance from a conservative perspective. The hard cover version was a #1 New York Times bestseller, sold over 150,000 copies in its first two months of release, and earned over $1 million in revenue in the same time period.[1] Parliament reached the top 5 on Canadian best seller lists.[2] The paperback release in 1992 was a similar commercial success.

The book received an overwhelmingly positive critical reception. Time Magazine called it "a riotously funny and perceptive indictment of America's political system".[3] The New York Times called it "a funnily savage attack on the political authorities of the United States".[4] In a piece about its 1992 paperback release, USA Today described it as "the anthem of this political year".[5]


  1. ^ Cohen, Roger (August 30, 1991). "The Atlantic Monthly Press Is Sold to One of Its Editors". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Best Sellers". The Gazette. Montreal, Quebec. July 6, 1991. 
  3. ^ Riley, Michael (July 8, 1991). "No Deficit of Laughs". Time Magazine. 
  4. ^ Bernstein, Richard (August 1, 1991). "Laughing at Big Government, and Crying, Too". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Robert (April 29, 1992). "Paperbacks". USA Today.