Fear and Loathing: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Hunter S. Thompson

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Da Capo Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 274 pages
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Fear and Loathing creates a sharp and savvy profile of one of the most provocative voices and distinctive personalities of our time. To Hunter S. Thompson, being a Gonzo journalist means doing whatever it takes to get to the truth; everything from dropping acid with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in the 60s, to participating in wild orgies and getting his nose broken while chronicling life with the Hell’s Angels, to founding the Freak Power Party and running for sheriff of Aspen in 1970. A virtual icon, Thompson has regularly trashed the prime directives of reporting—accuracy and objectivity—yet he nonetheless always produces some of the sharpest political and cultural analysis around. Surrounded by submachine guns, fistfuls of colorful pills, and the ubiquitous Wild Turkey, Thompson careens through his life and career, unfolded in this book in all its decadence. New art by Ralph Steadman and over 20 black-and-white photographs are featured.

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Review: Fear and Loathing: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Hunter S. Thompson

User Review  - Lynne Larkin - Goodreads

Basically Hunter Thompson was a selfish self centered asshole who took drugs in massive quantities drank like a fish and beat up his wife and girlfriends. If I had anything else to read I would have burned this crappy book. I never liked Thompson's writing and now I dislike him as a person Read full review

Review: Fear and Loathing: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Hunter S. Thompson

User Review  - John - Goodreads

This book must have the most exciting, hilarious and appalling opening of almost any story. I thought that the Johnny Depp movie didn't live up to the book, when I saw the movie the first time ... Read full review

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Louisville 19391955
Totally Unclassifiable 19561961
The National Observer 19621964
Hells Angels 19641966
The Death of the American Dream 19671972
The Campaign Trail 19721973
Prisoner of Gonzo 19731980
The World of Fitness 19801990

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Paul Perry attended Arizona State University and received a fellowship from the Freedom Forum Foundation at Columbia University in 1988. He taught magazine writing at the University of Oregon and was Executive Editor at American Health magazine. He is the co-author with Melvin Morse of Closer to the Light, Transformed by the Light, and Where God Lives, which won the 2002 Aleph Award for the best spiritual book published that year in France. His work has appeared in numerous publications including National Geographic Adventure, Ladies Home Journal, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, and Reader's Digest.

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