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    Description" California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur. . . The Menace is loose again." Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson's vivid account of his experiences with California's most no-torious motorcycle gang, the Hell's Angels. In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial An-gels, cycling up and down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, " For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson's book is a thoughtful piece of work." As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell's Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend.


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    Title
    Hell's Angels
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hunter S. Thompson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780679603313
    ISBN 10: 067960331X
    Classifications

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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
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    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1960
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17440
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000, SOC004000, TRU000000
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    BISAC V2.8: LCO010000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE20
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    B&T Approval Code: C39205000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 364.1/06/609794
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 364.1066097
    LC classification: HV6489.C2 T48 1999
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Modern Library Inc
    Publication date
    07 December 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library's seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoring as its emblem the running torchbearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inaugurating a new program of select-ing titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world's best books, at the best prices.
    Review quote
    "Thompson has presented us with a close view of a world most of us would never encounter. His language is brilliant, his eye remarkable." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Superb and terrifying." --Studs Terkel, "Chicago Tribune"
    Review text
    'My own acid-eating experience is limited in terms of total consumption'... This is not the drug-addled Hunter S Thompson of later years, but the product of diligent research on the early days of the Hell's Angel phenomenon of 1960s America. Thompson associated himself with the Angels for a year; drinking with them, riding with them, and eventually pushing his luck too far and being 'stomped' by them. He came up with an entertaining and rounded picture of the 'outlaws', broadly sympathetic, but neither an apology for their excesses, nor a condemnation of their sometimes terrible crimes. This highly enjoyable book is distinctively Thompson; free-wheeling journalism shot through with a snarling distaste for authority. (Kirkus UK)
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    "California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur. . . The Menace is loose again." Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson's vivid account of his experiences with California's most no-torious motorcycle gang, the Hell's Angels. In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial An-gels, cycling up and down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, "For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson's book is a thoughtful piece of work." As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell's Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend.