Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the F

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 20, 2011 - 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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Hunter's wit and writing style shine here. - Goodreads
Hunter's an interesting writer. - Goodreads
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Some of his last best writing. - Goodreads
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His way of writing is unlike any other author. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Hamish Elliott - Goodreads

hunter is the burning spear. Thompson is the explosive device buried in our deepest fears. S stands for some type of narcotic trip you can never have, and never really grasp as you are a shitless asshole. Read full review

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

User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

I was worried halfway through that this wasn't up to Hunter's usual freewheeling standards, but an excellent and madcap series of vignettes in the final third rescue it. Read full review

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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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