Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968–1976
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: June 2014
Duration: 32 hours 19 minutes
This astonishing volume of private correspondence, a critically acclaimed follow-up to The Proud Highway, shows Hunter S. Thompson as brazen, incisive, and outrageous as ever. When that first book of letters appeared in 1997, Time pronounced it “deliriously entertaining,” Rolling Stone called it “brilliant beyond description,” and the New York Times celebrated its “wicked humor and bracing political conviction.”
Spanning the years between 1968 and 1976, these never-before-published letters show Thompson building his legend: running for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado; creating the seminal road book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; twisting political reporting to new heights for Rolling Stone; and making sense of it all in the landmark Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72. To read Thompson’s dispatches from these years—addressed to the author’s friends, enemies, editors, and creditors and such notables as Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, and Kurt Vonnegut—is to read a raw, revolutionary eyewitness account of one of the most exciting and pivotal eras in American history.
“A vital, deliriously erratic force in journalism…Reading Hunter Thompson is like using gasoline for aftershave—bracing…These untidy letters are welcome, showing us as they do a great American original in his lair.”—New York Times Book Review