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

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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 a century, Hunter S. Thompson
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2004)
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J.C.
Jun 03, 2009 J.C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Oren
Aug 06, 2011 Oren rated it really liked it
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
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Bruce Reiter
Apr 11, 2014 Bruce Reiter rated it it was amazing
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
Matt
Sep 23, 2007 Matt rated it liked it
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
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Janhavi
Apr 30, 2016 Janhavi added it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Not rating this book - One needs to have a fairly decent knowledge of American sport, and politics to really understand this book.
I read this book with my phone by my side. It is full of NFL, NBA references that I had to google after every few lines. lol!
Sean
Jun 11, 2009 Sean rated it really liked it
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-
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Lars
Sep 14, 2015 Lars rated it it was ok
There isn't really any reason to read this book (beyond a few very solid essays about Bush v Gore and 9/11) unless you're a hardcore sports fan interested in reliving the early 2000s. One can read the first sixty pages or so and get the gist of Thompson's late perspective and writing style and get a lot of giggles from some of his trademark hallucinatory hyperbole, but after about seventy pages one realizes that Thompson truly was writing a weekly sports column, and he was true to it. Unlike Fea ...more
Denise
Jan 09, 2016 Denise rated it liked it
sports is not my thing, but to hear Hunter Thompson describe that world - I was in. I'll never look at the American horse racing crowd the same again.
Dustin Gaughran
Apr 05, 2016 Dustin Gaughran rated it really liked it
It's still HST, but sports are the central theme, which I enjoyed. I'm a huge sports fan as well, so reading his works from his time as an ESPN contributor was fun, especially with the hindsight of over a decade. A lot of what he predicted, both politically and in the world was sports, was spot on. The unfortunate part is that a lot of the negative predictions came true. I can only imagine the disappointed a guy like him would feel with how much worse things got.
Either way, it's a solid read fo
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Tim Owens
Mar 07, 2016 Tim Owens rated it liked it
Hey Rube is a collection of articles by Hunter Thompson for ESPN magazine. They cover the time period between late 2000 to 2003. The topics aren 19t exclusively sports; also include the biggest sport in the US, politics. His writing style is referred to as gonzo journalism. Gonzo Journalism, as defined is written subjectively, often including the reporter as part of the story via a first person narrative. Thompson 19s use of capitals was rather irritating, but other than that I found the book en ...more
David
Aug 11, 2011 David rated it really liked it
“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
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Josephus FromPlacitas
May 16, 2008 Josephus FromPlacitas rated it it was amazing
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
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1.1
Jan 10, 2013 1.1 rated it liked it
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
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Kris
Oct 21, 2010 Kris rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
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
Oct 19, 2014 Ray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish
"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
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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
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A.J.
Sep 10, 2008 A.J. rated it did not like it
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
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Josh
Jul 28, 2008 Josh rated it liked it  ·  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
Apr 24, 2010 Gary rated it it was ok
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
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Rich Meyer
May 13, 2014 Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
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.
Librofilia_it
"Hey Rube" è una raccolta composta da 83 articoli pubblicati sull'omonima rubrica, ospitata nel portale di ESPN, e nella quale il nostro "gonzo journalist" si diverte fra le tante altre cose ad utilizzare lo sport come metafora per raccontare la politica. Eppure, dentro c'è anche molto altro, come ad esempio alcune delle pagine più belle e amare, utilizzate per raccontare quel maledetto 11 settembre 2001.

http://www.librofilia.it/hunter-s-tho...
Tim Ryan
May 28, 2013 Tim Ryan rated it it was amazing
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
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Tom
Jul 14, 2013 Tom rated it it was ok
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 S
Jun 11, 2014 Dan S rated it liked it
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
May 29, 2014 Edward Lebowski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book, war, politic
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
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Aaron
Dec 15, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 24, 2014 Raimo Wirkkala rated it liked it
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 really liked it  ·  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
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Kevin Duvall
May 29, 2014 Kevin Duvall rated it liked it
The columns don't always mean much outside their original context, but Thompson's rants are good for a chuckle.
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