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Hell's Angels by Hunter S. Thompson
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Oct 06, 2009

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Not a complete page-turner, and not nearly as brilliant as 'fear and loathing', this is none the less well worth reading, full of captivating hipster-language, and weird insights into the subculture of the Hells Angels.
Hunter S. Thompson is a brilliant investigative journalist both able to give a high-flying sociological analysis of the Angels, and at the same time (quite unlike most sociologists) able to blend in with them - ride bikes, drink and consume drugs with the best... "showing real class".
The book is both a wild tale of some of the antics and crazy parties the Angels were part of in the 60s and a tale of how society reacted - how the newsmedia, the police, the squares and politicians all misunderstood and misinterpreted the angels as a group. The most interesting misinterpretation however is the idea some left-wing "berkeley-type" intellectuals apparently also had regarding the angels... that they were basically on the same side, and that the angels just needed to be illuminated before they would sympathise with hippies. A total misunderstanding of who the angels were, and what they represented.
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