Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Other American Stories

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Modern Library, 1996 - Journalists - 283 pages
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First published in Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is Hunter S. Thompson's savagely comic account of what happened to this country in the 1960s. It is told through the writer's account of an assignment he undertook with his attorney to visit Las Vegas and "check it out." The book stands as the final word on the highs and lows of that decade, one of the defining works of our time, and a stylistic and
journalistic tour de force. As Christopher Lehmann-Haupt wrote in The New York Times, it has "a kind of mad, corrosive prose poetry that picks up where Norman Mailer's An American Dream left off and explores what Tom Wolfe left out."
This twenty-fifth-anniversary Modern Library edition features Ralph Steadman's original drawings and three companion pieces selected by Dr. Thompson: "Jacket Copy for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "Strange Rumblings in Aztlan," and "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved."
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User Review  - EricFitz08 - LibraryThing

My second read through, and its even better then I remember. There is an almost wistful longing under the nonstop madness. Its as much about something lost as it is about madcap, drug-fueled adventures. Also, its just crazy fun. Read full review

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User Review  - Dead_Dreamer - LibraryThing

Creeping Jesus! This book is fantastic! I can't even remember the last time a book made me laugh so much. I'd seen Terry Gilliam's adaptation, of course, but even that pales by comparison. I'd never ... Read full review

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Hunter S. Thompson was born on July 18, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky. At the age of sixteen he was inducted into the Athenaeum Literary Association and wrote for the Athenaeum Journal. During his two years in the US Air Force, Thompson wrote a sports column for The Common Courier. After he was discharged, he moved to New York to work as a copy boy at Time Magazine and later moved to San Juan to write for a Puerto Rican bowling magazine. He also reported to the National Observer from South America. Upon his return to the US, Thompson wrote Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga, which became a national bestseller and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was originally published in Rolling Stone magazine. Thompson wrote for Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Esquire. Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide on February 20, 2005 at his home in Colorado.

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