Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
Hilarious, terrifying, insightful, and compulsively readable, these are the articles that Hunter S. Thompson wrote for Rolling Stone magazine while covering the 1972 election campaign of President Richard M. Nixon and his unsuccessful opponent, Senator George S. McGovern. Hunter focuses largely on the Democratic Party's primaries and the breakdown of the national party as...more
As Thompson's reputation precedes him, I had no clue what to expect from this book. The drug-addled ramblings of a drunken madman, perhaps? Imagine my surprise to find his writing to be sharp, clear, keenly observant, and funny as hell.
Oh, the madman pops up now and then with lines like - ...I was bored from bad noise on the radio and half-drunk from doing off a quart of Wild Turkey between the Chicago and Alt...more
There's no way of truly pinning down what makes this such a great read, although if you are familiar with Thompson you know you will enjoy his seethin...more
Any author can look back at a campaign, but Thompson, despite being drunk or high or hung over for the duration of the election, predicted the future. He f...more
Reading Fear and Loathing on The Campaign Trail seems like more of an insight into what it must have been like to prize work out of Hunter S Thompson than anything else. I didn't really learn anything about American Politics...more
Still, I can't think of another book (that I'd actually feel like reading) that takes so much care -- to the extent that one can apply that word to Thompson's work -- with the Thomas Eagleton "affair," as its referred to in the text.
(Tangentially, I find myself contemplating how difficult it would be to use the word "affair" today to describe something other than sex.)
The action here is...more
The most surprising thing about this book wasn't that Thompson's out-of-control style had aged well (for the most part), but that he really was a very incisive political reporter. I always liked Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas but a lot of his political writing (for ESPN and other outlets) I saw in the decade before he died sounded like the rehashing of an once important counter-culture icon....more
What makes this book excellent is how intimate it is despite taking o...more
So war es schon mal die Fiktion, die mir in diesem Buch die politische Realität näher brachte.
Trotzdem drängte sich mir nicht der Eindruck auf, dass er versucht mich um eine eigene Sicht zu beschupsen.
Zwar werden Ereignisse emotional aufgeladen und auch der Wahlkampf subjektiv beurteilt, aber er arbeitet dabei so umfassend wie nur möglich.
Gonzo Journalismus bedeutet: An Demonstrationen teilneh...more
It's rather fitting that this is the 40th anniversary edition, re-released in one of the most spectacular train wrecks in years. One wonders, if HST lived, what he would have had to say about this pack of loonies.
HST, as cynical as he wants to be, still has a bit of idealism buried in him somewhere, that a Democrat lesser evil will prevail over the tyranny of Nixon....more
I picked this up at a used bookstore on a recommendation from my dad, who was thinking of random authors I might like. I've been in a funk lately with the things I've been reading, so I welcomed the change.
Politics is not normally my thing, so the fact that I'm giving it at least three sta...more