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Hunter S. Thompson

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Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 — February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. He was known for his flamboyant writing style, most notably deployed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which blurred the distinctions between writer and subject, fiction and nonfiction.

The best source on Thompson's writing style and personality is Thompson himself. His books include Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (1966), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1972), Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (1973); The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from... Read More

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The Boys on the Bus

Written by Timothy Crouse
Foreword by Hunter S. Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $15.95

In the frenzied months leading up to the 1972 presidential election, Rolling Stone reporter Timothy Crouse followed the McGovern and Nixon press packs through primaries, conventions, and countless stump speeches. The Boys on the Bus tells the story of the men and women who covered the campaign for news organizations across... Read more >
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The Boys on the Bus

Written by Timothy Crouse
Foreword by Hunter S. Thompson


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Better Than Sex

Written by Hunter S. Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 22, 1995
Price: $17.00

Since his 1972 trailblazing opus, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, Hunter S. Thompson has reported the election story in his truly inimitable, just-short-of-libel style.

In Better than Sex, Thompson hits the dusty trail again--without leaving home--yet manages to deliver a mind-bending view of the 1992 presidential campaign--in all of its... Read more >
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Better Than Sex

Written by Hunter S. Thompson


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 15, 2012
Price: $12.99

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories

Written by Hunter S. Thompson
Illustrated by Ralph Steadman


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 5, 1998
Price: $22.00

This Modern Library edition features Ralph Steadman's original drawings and three companion pieces selected by Dr. Thompson: "Jacket Copy for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "Strange Rumblings in Aztlan," and "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved."   Read more >

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Written by Hunter S. Thompson


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Written by Hunter S. Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1998
Price: $14.95

First published in 1971 in Rolling Stone magazine, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is Hunter S. Thompson's savagely comic account of what happened to this country in the 1960s. It is told through the writer's account of an assignment he undertook with his attorney to visit Las Vegas and "check... Read more >
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Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
A Strange and Terrible Saga
Written by Hunter S. Thompson
Introduction by Douglas Brinkley


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 7, 1999
Price: $23.00

After writing a piece for The Nation about the Hell's Angels, Hunter S. Thompson spent a year with the notorious biker gang and other motorcycle groups.  His involvement ended on Labor Day 1966, when a group of Angels "stomped" him (almost to death).  What emerged from his experiences was his first book, which... Read more >
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Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

Written by Hunter S. Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 29, 1996
Price: $16.00

Here is Hunter S. Thompson's vivid account of his experiences with California's most notorious 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... Read more >
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Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

Written by Hunter S. Thompson


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 1, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Proud Highway
Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967
Written by Hunter S. Thompson
Edited by Douglas Brinkley
Foreword by William J. Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 7, 1998
Price: $20.00

Here, for the first time, is the private and most intimate correspondence of one of America's most influential and incisive journalists--Hunter S. Thompson.

In letters to a Who's Who of luminaries from Norman Mailer to Charles Kuralt, Tom Wolfe to Lyndon Johnson, William Styron to Joan Baez--not to mention his mother, the... Read more >
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Proud Highway
Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967
Written by Hunter S. Thompson
Edited by Douglas Brinkley
Foreword by William J. Kennedy


Format: eBook, 720 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 1, 2012
Price: $12.99

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