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

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  1,797 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Sports, politics, and sex collide in Hunter S. Thompson’s wildly popular ESPN.com columns. From the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and father of “Gonzo” journalism comes Hey Rube.

Insightful, incendiary, outrageously brilliant, such was the man who galvanized American journalism with his radical ideas and gonzo tactics. For over half...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2004)
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J.C.
For me personally the real sad thing about reading Dr. Thompson these days is knowing that I am running out of fresh material.

If you have ever read any Thompson you know that the way his life ended was exactly the way he wanted his life to end. It was his decision and I guess I can respect him for it. However it still saddens me because I often wonder what he would have thought of this hellish year of our Lord 2009 (just kidding folks, its been a pretty good year so far, that's just what he wou...more
Oren
I finally understand what killed Hunter S. Thompson. He was killed by the state of his two favorite football teams, the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders. It seems so clear now, after reading this book. Oh sure, he faced life threatening disease and surgery near the end of his life, but his book painfully illustrates just what ailed the good Doctor.

And it's no surprise. I've lived in San Francisco since 1999 and let me tell you. The local football teams have been God awful. Or would t...more
Matt
One of the oddest things about this book was right as I began to read it, Mr. Thompson put an end to his magnificent life. There is another odd thing that is actually in this book, for those who don't enjoy sports (like me) this book can be a trouble to read for long times. To read some of it I had to channel the little 13 year old matt inside me who did loved sports and could name you every player on the red socks from his favorite year of the franchise.

Hunter has never really been into sports...more
Sean
What a nice surprise, finding an anthology of HST's last work for the old Page 2 section of espn.com.
What better way to bookend a career that began as a sportswriter than to end is as one (remaining a political junky throughout).
Who better to throw it right back at the Bush Administration while they were at their peak (and predict their decline, well before the end of Rumsfeld and the fateful mid-term elections)? Maureen Dowd and her cabal showed courage, but HST wrote the book on going hand-to-...more
Bruce Reiter
Not much to say but "Doctor Duke" is gone and most of what he predicted about the political future has come to pass. We are living in a police state where whistle blowers and the poor are hunted like animals and the reactionaries have captured both political parties. Remember all the good things that Obama promised that he would work towards but haven't seen much light even in the bowels of the White House. "Omertà is the code of the South, especially after weird crimes are committed by rich peo...more
David
“But I have learned, in my life and work as a sportswriter, that big-time Sports and big-time Politics are not so far apart in America. They are both a means to the same end, which is Victory....And why not? Victory is good for you and don’t let anybody tell you different.” -excerpt from page 243

Hey Rube is the final book HST published before his death. The articles range from November, 2000 to October, 2003. Hunter committed suicide in 2005. So this collection of writing, at least to me, repres...more
Josephus FromPlacitas
Incomplete notes:

This happened to jump off the shelf at me at the local library, it's a collection of Dr. Duke's sports columns he wrote for ESPN.com as the Bush years were metastasizing from a somewhat funny carbuncle into full-blown colony of Kaposi's Sarcoma lesions devouring the skin of the republic.

The column from February 20, 2001 really leaped out at me: "There is such an ever-growing appetite for Violence as Entertainment in this country--especially among those in the 18-35 demographic t...more
1.1
If I had HST's pedigree and wrote this collection of cacophonous columns for notorious square publication ESPN.com I might've killed myself too. If I wrote something like this with no pedigree, and it somehow managed to see publication, I'd have a bright future writing forgettable copy for minimum wage for a local paper or the back pages of something slightly larger. If only, because I could use the opportunity and I would definitely relish as shot at the dying art of journalism.

If you are highl...more
Kris
Like my friend who let me borrow this book said, "very sports heavy." But thankfully, for me, he goes off on many tangents and different topics, as expected. And gonzo as hell. The most interesting part is probably when it gets into his columns after 9/11/2001. "The child-president" is one of the best descriptions of Bush there is. I'm surprised HST wasn't sent to Gitmo after all the things he said about Bush in this book, and extremely surprised that ESPN didn't censor the hell out of him. Here...more
Ray
"Hey Rube" contains Hunter S. Thompson's commentaries and opinions on sports, politics, and general observations. Thompson was an anti-authoritarian writer who, at the end of his career, had been writing a column for ESPN.com. This book compiles of a number of his ESPN.com columns from the several years prior to his death. I had been curious about the author, but after reading the first few chapters, I got the idea, and decided not to complete this book.
One idea he discussed early in the book w...more
Michela
Per i lettori di Hunter S. Thompson, noto al grande pubblico soprattutto per essere l'autore di Paura e disgusto a Las Vegas, questa raccolta non sarà certo una delusione, carica com'è del suo carattere e del suo stile inconfondibile, considerato da molti espressione del movimento letterario americano del New Journalism.
Il nostro gonzo ci prende con le sue parole e con le stesse parole se la prende con i rubes, gli idioti che vorrebbe risvegliare dal torpore in cui vivono. Di qui il titolo Hey R...more
Brian Schilson
These are the columns hst wrote for espn online. While they are cenetred around sports, you dont have to be a sports fan to enjoy it. Infact, hst has a very hard time incorperating sports into some of these blogs. This book is absolutely full of great hst quotes. so much so, that i'm planning on re-reading it with a hi-lighter.

Some memorable stuff include:
*winning an indian princess in a sports bet and keeping her in the attic*
*calling g w bush a waterhead*
*quote-"There's no such thing as pa...more
A.J.
Anyone who doubted that Thompson was running on empty at the end of his career has only to read Hey Rube, a collection of forgettable ESPN columns in which he regurgitated what had by then become Stock Gonzo Phrases and Standard Thompsonisms, wrapped around whatever happened to be on his mind that day. Thompson in late career was rarely inspired, but could get away with publishing any old dreck. And he did.

Thompson had originally conceived "Hey Rube" as the title of a book in which he would assa...more
Josh
Jul 28, 2008 Josh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: political sports junkies
This book is a collection of HST's Hey Rube column from ESPN.com, ranging from its inception around the year 2000, until - I believe - spring of '04. Its him that makes it compelling. It is otherwise startlingly dated (dealing in the minutae of day-to-day sports writing, and picks for that week's games, etc). Those of us who are more casual sports fans don't remember the NFL playoffs leading up to 5 super bowls ago, but HST's writing is still hilarious and absurd, and the entries are all quick (...more
Gary
As we all know the good doctor loved his sport and this book is the pinnacle of his sport coverage in the book format, taken from his articles he wrote for ESPN.

I probably would have enjoyed this more if I was an American or at least had a more comprehensive knowledge of American sport, but as it is I am not and I don't so most of his sport references went over my head making much of this book feel more like an endurance challenge than the laugh a minute blast I have come to take for granted as...more
Rich Meyer
This is one of the last collections of HST's original work, from his ESPN.com nonlinear column from the. early 2000s. He's still got the wit and the ability to look through the topic at hand and find what's really going on. This book is one of the more insightful books on politics and sports of that era. The craziness of Fear and Loathing isn't here, but it's also not needed when you chronicle a country going to war for all the wrong reasons.
Tim Ryan
Personally, this was the Hunter S. Thompson book for me. The book consists of a series of Hunter's weekly sports article in the 2000-2003 time frame, for whoever was writing his checks at the time.

There are many of his trademark political run-offs, with the only sports related conversation being a betting line spit out in the final sentence of the 2-3 page article.

However, it's the sports talk that makes it great for me. His seemingly endless vicious remarks towards Al Davis ("Never mind Al Dav...more
Tom
2 1/2 stars. This was my first foray into HST, which strikes me as somewhat strange because I always figured I would really enjoy his style. So why I didn't get into his work sooner is a mystery. Alas, this may not have been the best place to start. A collection of ESPN.com articles, they all deal in sports (obviously)--mostly football and basketball. Two activities I care little for. HST is a certainly a capable writer, but the content of the work, being focused in an area that I don't particul...more
Dan Tul$
Not his best stuff, but saving copies of three vintage Thompson columns from this collection: "The Man Who Loved Sport Too Much", "Dr. Thompson Is Back From Beirut", and "When In Doubt, Bet the Dark Side" all make for joyous reading.
Edward Lebowski
Solo e dico SOLO il Dottore può rendere estremamente affascinante e interessante e divertente due delle cose che odio di più al mondo: sport & politica.
Tanto di cappello Doc, sempre il migliore.
Theblackstranger
9/11:
"We are going to punish somebody for this attack, but just who or where will be blown to smithereens for it is hard to say. Maybe Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan or Irag, or possibly all three at once. Who knows? Not even the Generals in what remains of the Pentagon or the New York papers calling for war seem to know who did it or where to look for them.

This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed--for anyone, and certainly not for a baffled little creep like George W...more
Aaron
Hey Rube was an ESPN.com column written by Hunter S. Thompson in the early 2000s. A lot of Thompson's poignant, prophetic, controversial and hilarious ramblings from that time are compiled here, and I don't know that it could have been more fun to read. Thompson's style is obviously enjoyable, and it was interesting to read about the state of the NFL, the George W. Bush administration and the War on Terror through the lens of the Good Doc, especially considering that my interest in sports was at...more
Raimo Wirkkala
By this point Thompson's stuff was more miss than hit but there are flashes of brilliance in this collection of his pieces for ESPN.com
Dan
Jul 27, 2007 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Hunter S Thompson
This book is very good. It is a collection of some of the best of Hunter S Thompson's columns that he wrote for ESPN. This shows that even towards the end of his life he still had a keen eye and cogent insights into American life. Also, this book shows maturity. Gone is the youthful insanity of his early works, replaced by experience and wisdom (albeit insane wisdom.)

Like all of Hunter's works, this book is well written, the organization of the chapters has little or no organization.

I believe th...more
Kevin Duvall
The columns don't always mean much outside their original context, but Thompson's rants are good for a chuckle.
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pretty entertaining and funny stuff from buying and releasing flies on someone to seek revenge to naked bowling while high on hashish. hunter s thomnpson was truly one of the great writers. From his obsession with sports and gambling for his liking to blow things up and blasting off his guns. Pouring wild turkey from his leather refrigerator to his unorthodox witticisms that always have a ring of truth. Although this is a patchwork of his material and i understand it was trying for him to finish...more
William Sadowski
This book is essentially a collection of articles Hunter S. Thompson wrote while working for ESPN, and if you are fan of gonzo, then you will love this book. As the title describes, Thompson covers a wide variety of issues while also telling some very far fetched tails about gambling, life, and of course, drugs. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys the good doctors particular brand of humor as well as his insights into politics. His take on professional sports is also pretty profound and in s...more
Brian
Nothing is better than Elmore Leonard writing Westerns and Hunter S. Thompson writing about sports. The good Doctor brings it all to the table and talks sports like men do when we're together watching sports--because inevitably, though we're all WATCHING the game, the topics and conversations steer in completely different directions. And with Hunter S. Thompson, the exaggerations and hyperbole come to the front better than any writer of the latter 20th centurty--maybe ever. He was a true America...more
Elliot Chalom
While telling the Lisl Auman story (somehow within the backdrop of a football season) Hey Rube spoke in a way that is relevant today and will remain so indefinitely. My complaint is that not enough of the book is like this (or, in the alternative, as funny as the boob job stuff). I don’t lay all of the blame on Thompson though. A Mickey Mouse owned website was probably not the best place for his talent to shine.

Check out my full review at: http://2bitmonkey.wordpress.com/2013/...
Marissa Barbieri
Sep 03, 2008 Marissa Barbieri is currently reading it
I've tried to ration my Thompson (who I LOVE LOVE LOVE) since his death, and must admit I'm rather disappointed in this one so far. Sad but true!

Hm... so I picked this back up after the goodreads shamed me into remembering how long it'd been since I started it. He's nearly into the Spring of 2001 now and there's such a weird tense sensation building as you see his predictions for the year (which include Bill Clinton as Mayor of NYC!) knowing what's to come in September...
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Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist and author, famous for his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He is credited as the creator of Gonzo journalism, a style of reporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become the central figures of their stories. He is also known for his promotion and use of psychedelics and other mind-altering substanc...more
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