Songs of the Doomed

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 1, 2002 - History - 355 pages
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First published in 1990, Songs of the Doomed is back in print -- by popular demand! In this third and most extraordinary volume of the Gonzo Papers, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson recalls high and hideous moments in his thirty years in the Passing Lane -- and no one is safe from his hilarious, remarkably astute social commentary.
With Thompson's trademark insight and passion about the state of American politics and culture, Songs of the Doomed charts the long, strange trip from Kennedy to Quayle in Thompson's freewheeling, inimitable style. Spanning four decades -- 1950 to 1990 -- Thompson is at the top of his form while fleeing New York for Puerto Rico, riding with the Hell's Angels, investigating Las Vegas sleaze, grappling with the "Dukakis problem," and finally, detailing his infamous lifestyle bust, trial documents, and Fourth Amendment battle with the Law. These tales -- often sleazy, brutal, and crude -- are only the tip of what Jack Nicholson called "the most baffling human iceberg of our time."
Songs of the Doomed is vintage Thompson -- a brilliant, brazen, bawdy compilation of the greatest sound bites of Gonzo journalism from the past thirty years.
 

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Contents

Let the Trials Begin
3
Electricity
13
Last Train from Camelot
21
Tarred and Feathered at the Jersey Shore
29
Prince Jellyfish
35
Fleeing New York
60
Letter to Angus Cameron
67
The Puerto Rican Problem
107
Confidential Memo to Colonel Vo Don Giang
193
Letter to Russell Chatham
204
Welcome to the 80s
209
Tales of the Swine Family
230
Letter to Ralph Steadman
253
Letter to Ken Kesey
261
Memo from the Sports Desk
270
Secret Cables to Willie Hearst
281

The Kennedy Assassination
111
Walking with the King
118
First Visit with Mescalito
126
REAPING
139
Never Apologize Never Explain
147
Fear and Loathing
153
Washington Politics
159
HST
166
Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here
174
Whooping It Up with the War Junkies
182
Fear and Loathing in Sacramento
289
Whiskey Business
300
Community of Whores
306
The Rise of the Fourth Reich
314
Turbo Must Die
318
Editors Note
328
Beware
335
Motion and Order to Dismiss the Case
341
A Publication of the National
352
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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, The Rum Diary, and Kingdom of Fear. A contributor to various national and international publications, Thompson lives in a fortified compound near Aspen, Colorado.

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