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    Description'A phalanx of motorcycles cam roaring over the hill from the west ...the noise was like a landslide, or a wing of bombers passing over. Even knowing the Angels I couldn't quite handle what I was seeing.' Huge bikes, filthy denim and an aura of barely contained violence; the Hell's Angels could paralyse whole towns with fear, so terrible was their reputation. But how much of that reputation was myth and how much was brutal reality? Only one man could discover the truth about these latter-day barbarians; Hunter Stockton Thompson, Dr Gonzo himself, the man who saw the fear and loathing in the heart of the American dream. This counter-culture classic is the hair-raising result.


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    Title
    Hell's Angels
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hunter S. Thompson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141187457
    ISBN 10: 014118745X
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFCA
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: GTB
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1960
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000, SOC026000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: TRU000000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE20
    DC21: 306.10973
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    LC classification: HV6489.C2
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 364.1066097
    Thema V1.0: DS, JBCC1, GTM
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    01 May 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Hunter S. Thompson's research on the Hell's Angels involved more than a year of close association with the outlaws - riding, loafing, plotting and eventually being stomped. A native of Kentucky, he began writing as a sports columnist in Florida. He has worked on newspapers and magazines, becoming South American correspondent for the National Observer. His novels include: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, 1972 and The Great Shark Hunt.
    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.