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From the king of “Gonzo” journalism and bestselling author who brought you Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas comes another astonishing volume of letters by Hunter S. Thompson.

Brazen, incisive, and outrageous as ever, this second volume of Thompson’s private correspondence is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Proud Highway. When that first book of letters appeared in 1997, Time pronounced it "deliriously entertaining"; Rolling Stone called it "brilliant beyond description"; and The New York Times celebrated its "wicked humor and bracing political conviction."

Spanning the years between 1968 and 1976, these never-before-published letters show Thompson building his legend: running for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado; creating the seminal road book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; twisting political reporting to new heights for Rolling Stone; and making sense of it all in the landmark Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. To read Thompson's dispatches from these years—addressed to the author's friends, enemies, editors, and creditors, and such notables as Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, and Kurt Vonnegut—is to read a raw, revolutionary eyewitness account of one of the most exciting and pivotal eras in American history.

Topics: Politics, Counterculture, Presidents, Writers, Drugs, American Government, Irreverent, Cynical, Witty, Gonzo Journalism, 1970s, 1960s, United States of America, and Anthology

Published: Simon & Schuster on Sep 27, 2011
ISBN: 9781439126363
List price: $13.99
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Anyone coming to the game at this point to buy this book has a damn good idea of what they have in store for them. I just finished pouring through this monster and it was a real slog in several spots. This book would be a great piece to pick up at any point and read a few pages and set it back down. The book is in chronological order as far as the dates of letters and it follows a semi-coherent narrative but becomes quite tedious to read Thompson saying the same things over and over in spots. All of that being said, it still has many fascinating spots from what can be considered Thompson's fertile period of writing. If you are wanting to get a real detailed idea of what made Thompson tick and how his ideas came together then this is a great pickup and read, but don't expect to be wowed by any fantastic prose or a rough version of Fear and Loathing. What you will get a some hilarious letters back and forth between Thompson and numerous folks.read more
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Anyone coming to the game at this point to buy this book has a damn good idea of what they have in store for them. I just finished pouring through this monster and it was a real slog in several spots. This book would be a great piece to pick up at any point and read a few pages and set it back down. The book is in chronological order as far as the dates of letters and it follows a semi-coherent narrative but becomes quite tedious to read Thompson saying the same things over and over in spots. All of that being said, it still has many fascinating spots from what can be considered Thompson's fertile period of writing. If you are wanting to get a real detailed idea of what made Thompson tick and how his ideas came together then this is a great pickup and read, but don't expect to be wowed by any fantastic prose or a rough version of Fear and Loathing. What you will get a some hilarious letters back and forth between Thompson and numerous folks.
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Very interesting in parts, but not consistently. Only die-hard fans need apply, particularly those interested in the grand narrative of Thompson's life as well as his work.
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