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Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness [Paperback]

Hunter S. Thompson
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26 July 2005
Sport, politics, and sex collide in Hunter S. Thompson's wildly popular ESPN.com columns
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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (26 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684873206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684873206
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 812,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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For decades, Hunter S. Thompson galvanized American journalism with his acerbic wit, radical ideas, and gonzo tactics. He continued his reign as ‘the Unabomber of contemporary letters’ (Time) with Hey Rube. Fear, greed, and action abound in this hilarious, thought-provoking compilation as Thompson doles out searing indictments and uproarious rants while providing brilliant commentary on politics, sex, and sports – at times all in the same column. Filled with critics’ favorites, as well as never-before-published columns, Hey Rube follows Thompson through the beginning of the new century. Hey Rube gives us a look at the gonzo journalist in his most organic form – unbridled, astute, and irreverent. ‘Thompson is a genuinely unique figure in American journalism, a superb comic writer and a ferociously outspoken social and political critic’ Washington Post ‘Punctuated by moments of brilliant iconoclasm, as well as profound questions for our age’ San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) was an American journalist widely regarded as the father of Gonzo journalism. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This book is typical of Hunter's style, it mixes a lifelong obsession with gridiron, gambling, politics, paranoia, corrupt officals and a sense of dark and vicious humor that is the mark of the original gonzo journalist. This book is a series of articles writen originally for ESPN, it's most frightening entries are around 9/11 when hunter asks 'where were you when the fun stopped' and over the next series of articles predicts the road that America will take to a T. Not in the same class as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or The Great Shark Hunt, then again what is? Rest in Peace DOCTOR.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Die Hard HST fans only 12 April 2008
By pkx166h
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This is a collection of sports columns that HST did for the American press from November 2000 through to Oct 13 2003 (so there are many Bush references). Unless you know Hunter S Thompson already or are an avid American Sports follower and know your Redskins from your Red Sox (or care), I would stay away from this.

For HST fans who already know his work, there are no surprises here. Each column is only a few hundred words and you can dip in and out if you want without losing anything. Much of the politicking and references to sport or current affairs are even less relevant to a non-American, but there is still some joy to be had with his style and irreverence.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Who's The Real Rube, Then? 4 April 2012
The expression "Hey, Rube", is given as the traditional fairground barker's cry to attract a gullibe punter in to see the show inside the tent.

How very apt.

This is a set of weekly bulletins that HST was contracted to write, which are now packaged together under one cover. There is very little continuous flow between articles, many of the sportsmen referred to are now either retired, or their names never made it over here, and many of the US sporting idioms translate about as well as would cricket writng to an American.

Finally, you have to look really deeply into the style of writing to even come close to seeing soem of the prose of a man whose previously glorious use of language was once described as crackling like gunfire. Yes, he was on the downhill slope by the time he wrote these. I bet he even delivered each article on time!!!!!

Hey, Rube, wanna buy a book by the legendary Hunter S Thompson, who wrote "Fear and Loathing..........."? Go on, pick up a copy. It's real cheap. Treat yourself.Go on, Rube, you know you want to.

Well, thank God this sucker only paid £3.99 for it. I don't think I even finished it.

Save yourself the money, and buy pretty much anything else HST did. It even makes "Better Than Sex" look good.

I only hope HST was able to see the joke of taking the (probably over the odds payment) for these pieces in the knowledge that they weren't up to much.

Hey, Rube, indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hey Rube and The Man. 16 Sep 2004
By Ike Meslo - Published on Amazon.com
Review of Hunter S. Thompson's new book "Hey Rube."

"Hey Rube" lacks the magic that kept Hunter in the tower of literary song for so long. Where he once shone bright as a welding torch in the junkyard, somebody or something has been tinkering with the fuel knobs lately and his famous glow has diminished. Other gonzo authors no doubt feel comfortable with this, believing his greatness is now approachable, even achievable. But hell, not even the universal genius of Einstein shone as bright in the twilight years of his life, and only a fool would think it somehow moved the goal posts closer. Hunter's new book is a natural easing back on the pedal, a law of nature that even he can't defy - despite the number of other natural laws he's broken by living this long on a diet of toxins so horrible that he must surely struggle to find honest medical insurance.

Hunter S. Thompson, father of Gonzo Journalism and author of over a dozen books on topics from The Hells Angels, Las Vegas & The American Dream, to Politics and Sports, now at the luminous age of 67, is still carving his initials ever deeper into the laureate's desk. To me, Hunter stands across the years as a writer of genius; an author of nerve, talent, insight and creativity - and this latest work is yet another step up the ladder, another rung ahead of the rest. Sure, not as large a stride he has taken with previous work - where he could bound four or five leaps ahead of the pack with a single essay - but it's a step none-the-less; a step in an infinite series that seems to keep Hunter one pace ahead of his peers on any subject he ponders.

Yet "Hey Rube," essentially a collection of his sports column writings on ESPN's website, is lacking. There is no great eye in the sky view, little of Hunter's famous and intelligent insights on the human condition. It is like killing and skinning the beast only to find that somehow the heart is missing. How could it be? Did the editors snatch the work first - stealing the manuscript from his desk late in the night, before he'd instilled the life giving ink, the literary blood into the skeleton?

Possibly. Hunter is a man with a view that the Bush family will understand but not appreciate. Their growing sphere of influence is as encompassing and clueless as Charlotte's web; they would've seen this book coming from a long way off, and fixed it, like only they can do.

And it's a shame, an opportunity lost not only for Hunter fans, but for all of us. There has never been a more opportune time, a more urgent need for a loud and clear trumpet call to the rank and file citizen, a firing of the imagination and passion of man, than there is today. Traditionally Hunter has been the piper many of us followed, but in handing the instrument across the generations, somewhere the brass was lost - like that one ring that ruled them all - and now standing in the doorway, staring at the horizon all he can offer us is a distant mutter..."Hey Rube, look at the sunset."

Well, it's not over, he's not dead. As long as we show a flicker of humanity we can hole-up, wait for further musings, news - and god bless us - wait for direction. I refuse to believe this is the end, with even the man himself going out on a whimper. I may have closed the book, but I refuse to shelve Hunter and all he means to so many.
70 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MAHALO... 22 Feb 2005
By NotATameLion - Published on Amazon.com
It was like being socked in the gut when I read that the doctor is dead. Hunter S. Thompson was--pound for pound and word for word--the most talented author of the Twentieth Century. Here was a man who could start from anywhere, write about anything, and have you completely sucked into his world be the end of the first paragraph.

And this is the least of the reasons he will be missed.

The doctor wrote in eulogy of his friend George Plimpton a little over a year ago: "He lived his life like a work of fine art."

If Plimpton was a piece by Michaelangelo, Hunter S. Thompson was the biggest, boldest Kandinsky ever to stalk the canvas.

Of my three favorite Twentieth Century authors (the other two being Thomas Merton--who reached upward, ever searching the silences, and Jack Kerouac--who was always reaching inward, bravely facing what he saw as the void) Hunter S. Thompson was my favorite. His writings reached out. They slapped one hell of a bear hug on the world he knew.

There is something to be said for letting it ride.

I read most of the columns in this book as they were published on ESPN.com. I recently reread them this past December when I checked Hey Rube out of the library. If you don't know the doctor, you might as well start here with his last work.

It's like everything else he ever wrote: damn good. My God, you made one heck of a writer when you made this guy. What a journey he had.

Now, to my great regret, I don't know where the good doctor has gone. I am truly saddened by the loss--the world is just smaller without him. Yet I am thankful all the same for having known him, if only through his works.

We all tip our hats and send up a good word.

Mahalo Doc...fare thee well.

May you make half the show of the second act that you did of the first.
34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not up to his usual standard. 25 Oct 2004
By Christopher Gilleski - Published on Amazon.com
The biggest shame of this book is how little work has been put into it. Hunter is still a lot of fun to read, and for what it is Hey Rube is an excellent read. It is NOT Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, or F&L at the Watergate. It's a collection of short ESPN columns that are usually half about sports, and half about politics. There is little room for development of either, but he's usually fairly interesting to read in both cases throughout Hey Rube.

One problem is how much Hunter has been copied over the years, and how it really weakens his delivery. When you compare Hey Rube to the Great Shark Hunt articles, very little has changed. He hasn't resorted to catch phrases more than before, nor has he become brain dead. Its just now more and more people have begun stealing from his style, and he's just published so much that it seems redundant.

But having said that I had more fun reading Hey Rube than I had reading The Proud Highway or Generation of Swine, since Thompson is very much in his element with the ESPN articles. They are quickly done, and mostly what is on his mind at the time. There's little revision, its very raw, but an absolutely needless release seeing how little NEW content there is in there that you can't just read for free. Even something on the 2004 election would be a nice addition to make it a real book, or small pieces to link articles together as he did in Songs of the Doomed.
34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 60s Dream is now dead 22 Feb 2005
By Geoffrey A. Laxton - Published on Amazon.com
Anything Hunter wrote was acerbic and psychedelic, but somehow hopeful and downright hilarious.. I suggest you read all of it, including this collection of ESPN articles.. Read especially Hunters article on the last election:

Some samples,

...Republicans have never approved of democracy, and they never will. It goes back to pre-industrial America, when only white male property owners could vote...

...Did you see Bush on TV, trying to debate? Jesus, he talked like a donkey with no brains at all...

Hunters Fear and Loathing of Bush and the Republicans since the 60s shot to the heart of political commentary.. Not bad for a Sports Writer..

I wonder what the future holds when the Weird start checking out.. Hunter will be missed by anyone with a heart and mind.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When the Going Gets Weird 15 Aug 2005
By Jason A. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Reading "Hey Rube" is a bit of a disorienting experience. Doc narrates his gambling-man take on parts of four different football seasons, and it all starts to run together long before the paperback concludes on page 243. Honestly, by the end, I couldn't keep track of who had won which Super Bowl, and whether or not HST beat the point spread. Are the Raiders still in the league?

Reading a collection of ESPN.com colums covering November 2000 through October 2003 in something far quicker than real time is perhaps not the way Hunter S. Thompson is meant to be read. The columns that stuck in my memory, oddly enough, were not the Gonzo columns (except for the stories about Prince "Omar" running through the 2001 World Series). The single column take on Dale Earnhardt's death at the Daytona was the first reprint in the book to grab me by the lapels of my T-shirt. The discussion of the Honolulu Marathon raises a point so amazing I can't believe I hadn't read it elsewhere before -- in what other sport do professionals and amateurs compete on the same course and the same time?

I wish the editing of "Hey Rube" had been a bit tighter. The back cover blurb promises "critics' favorites, and never-before-published columns"... without identifying inside the book which is which. The first "Hey Rube", from November 2000, is printed out of sequence and highlighted on a gray background.... and that's the only column in the collection to be given special treatment.

Finally, the paperback ends in mid-October 2003, not compiling the balance of HST's columns through February 2005. We thus miss his take on the 2004 Presidential election. Did Kerry win? Did Doc cover the 3-point popular vote spread? ESPN.com still has these final columns archived. Read more than a year after the release of the hardcover, the paperback edition of "Hey Rube" is a book without an ending.
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