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Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga [Kindle Edition]

Hunter S. Thompson
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" 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"

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Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels--Hell's Angels, that is. He's lived with them, he knows them and their machines, he speaks their langauge,and he reports it back to the world with all the fearsome force of a souped-up cyclone burning rubber.

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Hunter S. Thompson is incomparably the most celebrated exponent of the New Journalism. His books include Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 and Generation of Swine.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bikerboy 18 Dec 2011
I first bought a 1967 copy of this book in the seventies, which is now falling to bits. So in order to read it for the six or seventh time I ordered a new copy. If you are happy to read it on the understanding that it is a very one sided version of events from Hunter S Thompson - it is a great read. You get a real feel and appreciation of what life amongst the original sixties Hells Angels must have been like, written by a clever and interesting writer in Thompson.
For a balanced and I would guess more accurate view of events you need go no further than original Angel - Sonny Barger's autobiography, in which references are made to Thompsons book, and from reading both - interesting comparisons and view points can be made.
For an acid tripping, drug and booze fuelled crazy view of the Hells Angels, and the best of all in my opinion has to be 'Freewhweelin Frank' by an early Frisco member Frank Reynolds. A great read, mainly I think because Frank comes across as wild, stoned and crazy as most of us imagine these guys were back then,
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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An interesting historical account of one side of 60's American Society which still remains hidden territory to this day.
Hells Angels is a well written, informative and entertaining book documenting the history of, and the author's involvement with the Hells Angels. It illustrates the conflicting views of the Angels, society, press and authorities of the mid 60's. Though the accuracy of the account is still limited to that of an outside observer, so readers may wish to also read the leader of the Oakland Hells Angels own account : Sonny S. Barger's 'Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club' to get an insider viewpoint. The two books provide an interesting contrast in views.
Never-the-less 'Hells Angels' remains a rich and involving read which, once started, is difficult to put down - a must for all who are even mildly interested in Biker culture.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is certainly an interesting read and who better to cast his eye over the last outlaw group of the 20th century than one of the original outlaw journalists. This is a very entertaining read and I would reccomend this to anybody who lives any kind of "alternative" lifestyle. However once you have read this you must read Hells Angel by Sonny Barger who is mentioned throughout this book and reading his book you notice that Thompson's book is not quite as good as it first seems so read it before you read Sonny's. Enjoy
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 19 Jun 2014
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I'm an avid biker and love insight into Biker gang culture and this is definitely an interesting read.

Only down side is that it is a bit hard to follow what is happening due to the way its written
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5.0 out of 5 stars hells angels. 5 Jun 2014
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A cracking book by Hunter S Thompson.
It gives a really good insight into these outlaw bikers lifestyle.
I read this book over a couple of days, just couldn't put it down, great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read... 8 May 2014
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If you like motorcycles and happen to be interested in American Motorcycle culture and history then I can recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting observation on bikers 31 Oct 2013
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As a biker for over 30 years this book was a serious omission from my catalogue. Ultimately the book is as difficult to read as a motorcycle repair manual especially in the first quarter. However once the characters are developed the observations on the cult and descriptions of the events during the mid 60's become fascinating reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 5 Sep 2013
By Jester
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I read this book for the first time in about 1970, a copy with the now-desirable 'back patch' front cover and have often thought over the years that I'd like to read it again.
Even now, nearly fifty years after it was first published, the book doesn't disappoint.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I expected better
This is the first Hunter S. Thompson book I've read, though I'm aware of him by reputation.

I'll probably give another one of his books a go, but this one didn't live up... Read more
Published 7 months ago by A reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Funnier than Fear and Loathing
Probably his best book for research and facts it is also unrelentingly humorous in a way that any biker will appreciate as well as being as accessible to the uninitiated as a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoybale read
Preferred this to Fear and Loathing and now looking for next HST title to enjoy. If you havent read much by HST this is a really good starting point.
Published 17 months ago by goolash
5.0 out of 5 stars Hells Angels
i chose it because i like Hunter S Thompson and because i was brought up as a teenager in California and have seen the Hells Angels up close and personal.I was at Altamont
Published 18 months ago by ilirjana mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Hunter classic.
A very enjoyable trip with the worlds most famous biker gang. Didn't quite have the 'must-read' quality of some of hs other books but I still really enjoyed it.
Published 19 months ago by BH Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
This is a good book. He is a good writer, very interesting. It was well-packed and came in time for christmas.
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by Patsy
5.0 out of 5 stars A journalistic masterpiece
With brutal, verging on foolhardy, honesty Hunter S Thomson chronicles his extensive dealings with, and observations on, the Hell's Angels. Read more
Published on 9 May 2011 by Doc
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