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The Revolt of the Cockroach People [Kindle Edition]

Oscar Zeta Acosta , Hunter S. Thompson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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The further adventures of "Dr. Gonzo" as he defends the "cucarachas" -- the Chicanos of East Los Angeles.

Before his mysterious disappearance and probable death in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta was famous as a Robin Hood Chicano lawyer and notorious as the real-life model for Hunter S. Thompson's "Dr. Gonzo" a fat, pugnacious attorney with a gargantuan appetite for food, drugs, and life on the edge.

In this exhilarating sequel to The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, Acosta takes us behind the front lines of the militant Chicano movement of the late sixties and early seventies, a movement he served both in the courtroom and on the barricades. Here are the brazen games of "chicken" Acosta played against the Anglo legal establishment; battles fought with bombs as well as writs; and a reluctant hero who faces danger not only from the police but from the vatos locos he champions. What emerges is at once an important political document of a genuine popular uprising and a revealing, hilarious, and moving personal saga.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2076 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B000V4V3VU
  • Publisher: Vintage (6 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0LP59O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #825,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a ride... 10 Jan. 2006
Format:Paperback
Like many people, probably, I came to this book through Hunter S. Thompson's 'Fear and Loathing...', and the character of 'the Samoan'. I came knowing nothing about this book, or the US Chicano power movement of the 60s/70s. I didn't know what to expect, but I was interested enough to pick it up.
At first, what struck me was the style of writing, approaching Thompson's in its immediacy but, frankly, its not brilliantly written. Acosta makes up for this though with his incredibly honest account (he incriminates himself in a series of felonies) of a lesser known historical counterculture. The subject matter is fascinating, and the tone is just right to carry you along with it. Now I need to go back and read his first book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Drugs, and Politics 16 Jun. 1999
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I read this book after finding out that Oscar Zeta Acosta was the fat Samoan lawyer from "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." Acosta's style is similar, with a lot of drugs and sex with minors. The differences are that Acosta isn't tripping the whole time and he has time to incite political rallies. I love when they protest the Catholic church, or when he pleasures himself with some nubile young high schoolers under a blanket during a sit-in.... For those interested in the turbulent times that was the 60s, this is a must-read.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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After reading this book, and actually living through those turbulent times of the 60's and 70' s , it was refreshing to read and feel the burning frustration and love that this man was experiencing and the way he expressed his anger against the machine. This type of awareness has been lost , due to us the forefathers of the Chicano Movement, to teach our own and other's children of how important those actions were, so that we may emphasize education, political power and family values. We have implemented a course in Chicano Studies in schools, we now have political representation in our governments, and many more success stories that are due to the work of such people as Cesar Chavez, Ruben Salazar and Corky Gonzales. Oscar Zeta was a man amongst his own that was afraid of nothing and no one.My thanks to him for fighting the powers that be and for creating an example for all of us, regardless of race. You have to stand up for what you believe and Acosta is atrue testament to that.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Acosta's Gonzo jurnalistic approach to the events occuring in the turbulent 60's and 70's in Californa will burn a lasting impression in your mind. A clear look into the world of minorities struggeling for their view of the American dream.
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best truthful biographies written. 24 May 1998
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A man searching for an identity in the legal profession, with Hunter S. Thompson and in El Paso. Discovers that he is A Brown Buffalo, A Chicano.
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