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Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 Paperback – 5 Dec 1994
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'The best stuff on the campaign I've read anywhere.' Nicholas Von Hoffman, Washington Post 'Obscene, horrid, repellent ... driving, urgent, candid, searing ... a fascinating, compelling book!' New York Post 'Hunter S. Thompson is the most creatively crazy and vulnerable of the New Journalists. His books are brilliant and honorable and valuable ... the literary equivalent of Cubism: all rules are broken.' Kurt Vonnegut Jr 'Gaze in awe ... Hunter Thompson does in his own mad way betray a profound democratic concern for the polity. And in its own mad way, it's darned refreshing.' New York Times 'Shocks you into laughter.' Detroit Free Press 'Unnerving!' Newsweek
From the Back Cover
The best, the fastest, the hippest and the most unorthodox account ever published of the US presidential electoral process in all its madness and corruption.
In 1972 Hunter S. Thompson, the creator and king of Gonzo journalism, covered the US presidential campaign for 'Rolling Stone Magazine' alongside the establishment newsmen of Washington. The result is a classic piece of subversive reportage and a fantastic ride on the rollercoaster of Hunter’s uniquely savage imagination. In his own words, written years before Watergate: ‘It is Nixon himself who represents that dark, venal and incurably violent side of the American character almost every other country in the world has learned to fear and despise.’
“The best stuff on the campaign I’ve read anywhere.”
NICHOLAS VON HOFFMAN, 'Washington Post'
“Obscene, horrid, repellent … driving, urgent, candid, searing … a fascinating, compelling book!”
NEW YORK POST
“Hunter S. Thompson is the most creatively crazy and vulnerable of the New Journalists. His books are brilliant and honorable and valuable … the literary equivalent of Cubism: all rules are broken.”
KURT VONNEGUT, JR
“Gaze in awe … Hunter Thompson does in his own mad way betray a profound democratic concern for the polity. And in its own made way, it’s darned refreshing.”
NEW YORK TIMES
“Shocks you into laughter.”
DETROIT FREE PRESS
Top customer reviews
Thompson's satire is like Swift's (read the 4th part of Gulliver's Travels and realise that it's more than a children's book if you want to know what I mean), in that its vicious tone is prompted by the author's own dissapointment at the way the more noble tendencies of man are constantly dirtied by human stupidity and greed.
Thompson's writing is probably familiar to most people who will read this review. Rest assured there is more 'Las Vegas' style writing which alone should keep some of you entertained if you don't like the politics.
Thirdly, you probably won't get a better book dealing with the 'noble' art of politics, how it is conducted, and why, despite its ofttimes rotten core, it is still important to have an awareness of the shitpool leaders of the free world have to swim in before being elected. And do you really expect them to smell of roses after this?
Not having had to write for a while has meant that I realise this review could be better. In summing up could I just say that 'Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail' is an excellent and funny piece of reportage which deserves a place in the library of those any interest in modern writing.
One minor quibble and a little warning. First, the book is a collection of dispatches written for the Rolling Stone and this inevitably means some repetition and an occasional disjointed feeling. Secondly, the book will appeal most to people with an interest in electoral politics - those who simply liked the good Doctor's style in the Rum Diaries, Hell's Angels or F&L in Las Vegas will still enjoy it but get a bit less out of it.
The book is a collection of Thompson's election coverage magazine articles published throughout 1971-72 in Rolling Stone, with a new intro & comments.
The most enjoyable thing about the book is the unique writing style of Thompson & the many hilarious tangents he goes off on.
This is really a book for Thompson fans. If you are looking for an introduction to his writing 'Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas' would be a better choice, but for anyone who enjoys his books this is a worthwhile read.