Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 27, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 784 pages
From the king of “Gonzo” journalism and bestselling author who brought you Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas comes another astonishing volume of letters by Hunter S. Thompson.

Brazen, incisive, and outrageous as ever, this second volume of Thompson’s private correspondence is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Proud Highway. When that first book of letters appeared in 1997, Time pronounced it "deliriously entertaining"; Rolling Stone called it "brilliant beyond description"; and The New York Times celebrated its "wicked humor and bracing political conviction."

Spanning the years between 1968 and 1976, these never-before-published letters show Thompson building his legend: running for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado; creating the seminal road book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; twisting political reporting to new heights for Rolling Stone; and making sense of it all in the landmark Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. To read Thompson's dispatches from these years—addressed to the author's friends, enemies, editors, and creditors, and such notables as Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, and Kurt Vonnegut—is to read a raw, revolutionary eyewitness account of one of the most exciting and pivotal eras in American history.
 

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FEAR AND LOATHING IN AMERICA: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976

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A mad symphony that plays harmoniously on the discordant strings of Thompson's wild life.Thompson (The Rum Diary, 1998, etc.) is best known as the creator of Gonzo Journalism, and his letters display ... Read full review

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Anyone coming to the game at this point to buy this book has a damn good idea of what they have in store for them. I just finished pouring through this monster and it was a real slog in several spots ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by David Halberstam
Authors Note by Hunter S Thompson
1969
The Battle of Aspen Local Politics with a Vengeance Death to
1970
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1971
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1972
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1973
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1974
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1975
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1976
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Jimmy Carter the Rise of the Rock Roll Vote Marijuana
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The Fear and Loathing in America Honor Roll
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Index
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About the Author
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Hunter S. Thompson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His books include Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, The Rum Diary, and Better than Sex. He died in February 2005.

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