Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 428 pages
22 Reviews
Hunter S. Thompson detonated a two-ton bomb under the staid field of journalism with his early magazine pieces and revelatory "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "Fear and Loathing" campaign coverage in Rolling Stone. When Thompson was on, there was no one better at capturing who Americans were and what America was, be it in politics, at the Kentucky Derby, or in the Hells Angels' lair. William McKeen became friends with Thompson after writing a monograph on his journalism. McKeen now has interviewed many of Thompson's associates who wouldn't speak before, from childhood friends to colleagues, to assistants who sat around the Woody Creek, Colorado, kitchen control room late at night when Thompson did most of his work. McKeen gets behind the drinking and drugs to show the man and the writer—one who was happy to be considered an outlaw but took the calling of journalism as his life.
  

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His writing in the '70s shines. - Goodreads
The ending seemed a little rushed. - Goodreads
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User Review  - MD - Goodreads

A truely amazing book. I, like so many people, only knew Hunter Thompson as the wild drug-crazed maniac from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This book introduced me to the brilliant writer that he was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rich Ramey - Goodreads

Spectacular assessment of Hunter's life. I was gripped by every page. So interesting to learn more details of one of my idols life. Felt a little rushed towards the end. But no complaints otherwise. A must read for fans of the Gonzo Journalist. Read full review

Contents

GETTING AWAY WITH IT
1
SQUARE PEG ROUND HOLE
21
THE DARK THUMB OF FATE
36
A NATURAL INGRATE
54
OBSERVER
70
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND
83
AMONG THE ANGELS
96
AMERICAN DREAM
113
CASUALTIES OF WAR
233
THOMPSONS ISLAND
254
THE GENETIC MIRACLE
279
HOMECOMING
310
MAN OF LETTERS
332
EPILOGUE
352
NOTES
367
BIBLIOGRAPHY
399

EPIPHANY
127
FREAK POWER
150
MAKING A BEAST OF HIMSELF
163
TRUTH IS NEVER TOLD IN DAYLIGHT
178
CELEBRITY
202
AUTHORS NOTE
405
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
409
INDEX
411
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About the author (2008)

William McKeen is the author of Highway 61 and editor of Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay. A journalism professor at the University of Florida, he lives with his family near Wacahoota, Florida.

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