Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward S

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 27, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages
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Sports, politics, and sex collide in Hunter S. Thompson’s wildly popular ESPN.com columns. From the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and father of “Gonzo” journalism comes Hey Rube.

Insightful, incendiary, outrageously brilliant, such was the man who galvanized American journalism with his radical ideas and gonzo tactics. For over half a century, Hunter S. Thompson devastated his readers with his acerbic wit and uncanny grasp of politics and history. His reign as "The Unabomber of contemporary letters" (Time) is more legendary than ever with Hey Rube. Fear, greed, and action abound in this hilarious, thought-provoking compilation as Thompson doles out searing indictments and uproarious rants while providing commentary on politics, sex, and sports—at times all in the same column.

With an enlightening foreword by ESPN executive editor John Walsh, critics' favorites, and never-before-published columns, Hey Rube follows Thompson through the beginning of the new century, revealing his queasiness over the 2000 election ("rigged and fixed from the start"); his take on professional sports (to improve Major League Baseball "eliminate the pitcher"); and his myriad controversial opinions and brutally honest observations on issues plaguing America―including the Bush administration and the inequities within the American judicial system.

Hey Rube gives us a lasting look at the gonzo journalist in his most organic form―unbridled, astute, and irreverent.

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User Review  - BenKline - LibraryThing

Great typical fun from the Good Doc, Hunter S. Thompson. Interesting to read his old bits and pieces from ESPN.com of 2000-2003 sports, and gambling, and politics (especially after 9.11). Read full review

Hey Rube

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Thompson, the gonzo king, might not be every reader's cup of tea. Some might take offense at his first-person references to sex, drugs, and sundry shady activities. Others might feel that their brains ... Read full review

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Olympic Disaster in Utah
The Wisdom of Nashville and the Violence of Jack
Fear and Loathing in America Beginning of the
When War Drums Roll Chapter 33 Will Sports Survive Bin Laden?
Stadium Living in the New
Football in the Kingdom of Fear
Foul Balls and Rash Predictions
Getting Weird for Devils

The Xmas Vice
The Curse of Musburger
Cruel Twist in the Coaching Business
The NFL SucksAnother League Bites the Dust Rich Kids with Weapons
Slow Week for Sports in Politics
Lynching in Denver
Mad Cow Disease Comes to the
Death in the Afternoon
The Most Horrible Curse in Sports
Urgent Warning to Gamblers Beware the Ides
I Told You It Was Wrong
Where Were You When the Fun Stopped?
Running Away with the Circus
NBA and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness
Bad Craziness at Owl Farm
Can the Three Stooges Save the NBA?
Kentucky Derby and Other Gambling Disasters
Quitting the Gambling Business While Im Ahead
The Most Dangerous Sport of
Patrick Roy and Warren ZevonTwo Champions at the Top of Their Game
Wild Days at the Sports Desk
Eerie Lull Rattles the Sports World
The Yankees Are Dead Long Live the Yankees
The Man Who Loved Sport Too Much
The Shame of Indianapolis
Failure Football Violence on the Strip
Madness in Honolulu
Break Up the Ravens
Pay Up or Get Whipped
Getting Braced for the Last Football Game
Sodomized at the Airport Are Terrorists Seizing Control of the NFL? And Who Let It Happen?
Slow Dance in Rap Town
Dr Thompson in Beirut
Dr Thompson Is Back from Beirut
The NFL We Will March on a Road of Bones
A Wild Woolly Tale of Sporting Excess
My 49er Habit
Dont Let This Happen to
Grantland Rice Haunts the Honolulu Marathon
Honolulu Marathon Is Decadent and Depraved
Public Shame and Private Victory
Shooting the Moon with the Raiders
The Last Super Bowl

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About the author (2011)

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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