Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone

Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone : The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson

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The definitive collection of the king of gonzo journalism's finest work for ROLLING STONE "Buy the ticket, take the ride," was a favorite slogan of Hunter S. Thompson, and it pretty much defined both his work and his life. "Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone "showcases the roller-coaster of a career at the magazine that was his literary home.
Jann S. Wenner, the outlaw journalist's friend and editor for nearly thirty-five years, has assembled articles that begin with Thompson's infamous run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Party ticket in 1970 and end with his final piece on the Bush-Kerry showdown of 2004. In between is Thompson's remarkable coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign--a miracle of journalism under pressure--and plenty of attention paid to Richard Nixon, his bete noire; encounters with Muhammad Ali, Bill Clinton, and the Super Bowl; and a lengthy excerpt from his acknowledged masterpiece, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."
Woven throughout is selected correspondence between Wenner and Thompson, most of it never before published. It traces the evolution of a personal and professional relationship that helped redefine modern American journalism, and also presents Thompson through a new prism as he pursued his lifelong obsession: The life and death of the American Dream.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 572 pages
  • 165.1 x 243.84 x 43.18mm | 884.5g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1439165955
  • 9781439165959
  • 157,951

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"At his best he has the kind of trenchant, mordant wit of H. L. Mencken and Mark Twain." --Houston Chronicle "Thompson should be recognized for contributing some of the clearest, most bracing and fearless analysis of the possibilities and failures of American democracy in the past century." --Chicago Tribune "Some of the finest political and social writing of our times." --The Seattle Times "Mr. Thompson, the flamboyant apostle and avatar of gonzo journalism, still exerts a powerful hold on the American psyche. . . . He was first and foremost an original, vivid prose voice." --The New York Times "Thompson is a genuinely unique figure in American journalism, a superb comic writer and a ferociously outspoken social and political critic." --Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post "Hunter was the only twentieth-century equivalent of Mark Twain." --Tom Wolfe
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