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Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness: Modern History from the Sports Desk

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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 devastated his readers with his acerbic wit and uncanny grasp of politics and history. His reign as
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Published 2005 by Simon Schuster (first published 2004)
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Jun 01, 2009 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
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Politics and sports are the same damn thing.
Aug 06, 2011 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
Bruce Reiter
Apr 11, 2014 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
Aurora Dimitre
The one thing about this that I wasn't into, it was that I don't care about sports that aren't hockey. But I knew that going in, that this was going to be primarily about sports.

But! Thompson's weird-ass way of writing really made it up to me. It made me want to write more creative nonfiction, to use a school-day type of description for it. Primarily in terms of my blog (auroradimitre, it's a blogspot blog), which I mostly kind of throw random stuff up there between videos posted to YouTube.

Julie Mickens
Highly entertaining, even though I could give a ratty ass about sports. At times a bit name-droppy and phoned in compared to his best work, but whatever, in the mid-oughts I was happy to read Thompson gleefully insulting W, Vice & Co with more brilliance than I could ever hope to deploy.

No, I didn't understand most of his sports and gambling lore, but somehow it was a delight to let it wash over me, like a vulgar version of Shakespeare's iambic pentameter that you don't quite comprehend but
Sep 23, 2007 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
Aug 26, 2008 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
Tom Griggs
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
It goes without saying that HST is a phenomenal talent; there are some paragraphs where this collection of his Page 2 articles truly shine. That said, it's a little tough to relate to point spreads and gambling picks for games that happened over a decade ago (although it did bring back some fond - and not so fond - sports memories).
Apr 22, 2016 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!
Mar 10, 2015 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.
Hunter S. Thompson, politics, and sports - pretty good mix there.

Of course, what is most striking about this collection of essays is how prescient it is, even reading it in July 2018.

Here is his quote the day after September 11th, 2001 - "The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for peace in our time, in the U.S. or any other country. Make no mistake about it: we are at War now- with somebody- and we will stay at war with that strange and mysterious enemy for the
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn’t get really into this, mostly because I’ve never followed football and haven’t followed basketball since the 1990s. But more than that, these all seemed a little scattered, when I was looking and hoping for the searing, sharp writing I know he was capable of.
Clint Banjo
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I dont think you’d read this without being already a fan...some US sports knowledge makes it more enjoyable, it’s still classic Hunter Thompson, although other books are a pretty place to start if you’re new...
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
HST is missed these days.
Omar Mattar
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
If only he could see the world we lived in now...
Brandon Mclaughlin
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was not his best work, but still really enjoyable.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best Hunter Thompson novel, this is Hunter in his final form. In here you will find his final thoughts before he committed suicide. The act flows through every page, but he goes to great lengths to maintain the impression that everything is normal, and reading it often gives the sense of Hunter trying to hide his secrets, rather than trying to tell you the truth, while filling the book with well written in jokes, secrets and crimes known only to him and his friends. And reading his final art ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics, sports, humor
Best known for his seminal work FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, Hunter S Thompson was arguably the founder of Gonzo journalism, a form of reporting and commentary in which the reporter himself (or her-) is a central character in the developing narrative. Humorous, outrageous, and insightful, Thompson was always one of the most entertaining writers of his generation, even if some of his facts were spurious.

I always got the impression that Thompson was a man's man: lover of sports, hard drinking,
Josephus FromPlacitas
May 05, 2008 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 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
Kent Winward
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The sports stuff was dated. The political stuff, although dated felt very timely.
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: purged-books, 2011
“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
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
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
If I had HST's pedigree and wrote this collection of cacophonous columns for notorious square publication 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
Dakota Rabbitt
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Classic Dr. Thompson. Would have loved to meet this man in the flesh. As always, incredible perspective on sports, politics, culture, relationships & Americana.

"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." -- HST
Nov 20, 2012 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 This book compiles of a number of his 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
Jun 23, 2013 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 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
Tim Ryan
May 28, 2013 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
Sep 03, 2009 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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