Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 6, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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The Gonzo memoir from one of the most influential voices in American literature, Kingdom of Fear traces the course of Hunter S. Thompson’s life as a rebel—from a smart-mouthed Kentucky kid flaunting all authority to a convention-defying journalist who came to personify a wild fusion of fact, fiction, and mind-altering substances.

Brilliant, provocative, outrageous, and brazen, Hunter S. Thompson's infamous rule breaking—in his journalism, in his life, and under the law—changed the shape of American letters, and the face of American icons.

Call it the evolution of an outlaw. Here are the formative experiences that comprise Thompson’s legendary trajectory alongside the weird and the ugly. Whether detailing his exploits as a foreign correspondent in Rio, his job as night manager of the notorious O’Farrell Theatre in San Francisco, his epic run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Power ticket, or the sensational legal maneuvering that led to his full acquittal in the famous 99 Days trial, Thompson is at the peak of his narrative powers in Kingdom of Fear. And this boisterous, blistering ride illuminates as never before the professional and ideological risk taking of a literary genius and transgressive icon.
 

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User Review  - cjyurkanin - LibraryThing

An angry old crank looks back on a rare life with some bitterness and still blames almost everything wrong in the world on Nixon, the rest on W Bush. Far from Thompson's best stuff, like Hell's Angels ... Read full review

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User Review  - crmass - LibraryThing

This book is a combination of articles, stories, and letters. I liked it, but got a bit thrown by the fact that it is not really arranged chronologically (at times Thompson jumps from the 70's to the 90's without any real transition). Read full review

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Hunter S. Thompson's books include Fear and Loathing in America, Screwjack, Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Proud Highway, Better Than Sex, Songs of the Doomed, and The Rum Diary. A contributor to various national and international publications, including a weekly sports column for espn.com, Thompson lives in a fortified compound near Aspen, Colorado.

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