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From the king of "Gonzo" journalism and bestselling author who brought you Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas comes another astonishing volume of letters by Hunter S. Thompson.Brazen, incisive, and outrageous as ever, this second volume of Thompson's private correspondence is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Proud Highway. When that first book of letters appeared in 199From the king of "Gonzo" journalism and bestselling author who brought you Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas comes another astonishing volume of letters by Hunter S. Thompson.Brazen, incisive, and outrageous as ever, this second volume of Thompson's private correspondence is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Proud Highway. When that first book of letters appeared in 1997, Time pronounced it "deliriously entertaining"; Rolling Stone called it "brilliant beyond description"; and The New York Times celebrated its "wicked humor and bracing political conviction."Spanning the years between 1968 and 1976, these never-before-published letters show Thompson building his legend: running for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado; creating the seminal road book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; twisting political reporting to new heights for Rolling Stone; and making sense of it all in the landmark Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. To read Thompson's dispatches from these years--addressed to the author's friends, enemies, editors, and creditors, and such notables as Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, and Kurt Vonnegut--is to read a raw, revolutionary eyewitness account of one of the most exciting and pivotal eras in American history....

Title : Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976
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Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976 Reviews

  • Mary
    2019-04-26 17:55

    Jesus H. Christ almighty, but I MISS this man.This is a compendium of letters written, both personal and professional correspondence, between 1968 and 1976 that shows not only the biting wit but the razor sharp intellect of this now gone author. You know how people make off-handed comments like 'a light went out' or 'we lost something important' when he died? And you think to yourself, yeah, yeah, everyone says that kind of thing when someone dies... sometimes just to be polite. Well, however over-used, those remarks hold true this time.Brutal honesty and laugh until your stomach hurts writing combination. That what this book shows about HST.

  • Kilburn Adam
    2019-04-16 22:13

    This collection of letters starts in 1968 HST is living in Woody Creek, The Rum Diary has been written and Hells Angels has been published. Not only does it give an insight into who HST really was but it also lets you see his writing process and where his ideas came from. He spent the first three years of this book struggling to write a book called The Joint Chiefs about the death of the American dream and the letters to Jim Silberman from Random House document his frustration and inability to construct a coherent book. Certain parts of this collection are repetitive for example a policeman hit him with a billy club during the 68 Democratic convention in Chicago and this story was told to pretty much everyone he know. And the constant letters to Jann Wenner from Rolling Stone arguing over expenses are also slightly repetitive too. The correspondences to and from Oscar Zeta Acosta are definitely worth getting this book for and the letters written in Vietnam during the fall of Saigon are very interesting. There is also this recurring theme about his annoyance with being constantly asked to write short passages to go on the cover of other people's books and how futile this process is. It's a good book to have in the bathroom and the short letter format works well for toilet reading.

  • Tim
    2019-04-04 17:09

    Listening to this represents a couple of firsts for me as a reader. It was the first time I have read the letters of a writer whose books I have not yet read. In addition, it marked the first time I have experienced a collection of letters in the audiobook format. That worked pretty well, since his letters make for good listening, and since the book provides a lot of insight into the life and thoughts of Thompson during the most creative period of his life. I am familiar with the legend of the notorious gonzo journalist, a figure who has come to us thru the popular culture with films (including a documentary directed by the great Alex Gibney) and a key role in the Doonesbury comic strip. The reading btw was performed effectively by Malcolm Hillgartner, who changed styles for certain letter writers, giving a slight Mexican accent to HST's Chicano sidekick Oscar Acosta, and adding pomposity to Tom Wolfe. Here we see the legend taking shape, as Thompson settles down (or tries to anyway) in Woody Creek, Colorado and pursues his unique career in freelance journalism. He was coming off a successful book on the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and selling occasional pieces to Scanlan's Monthly (an exciting magazine that went bankrupt in its first year) along with other journals. He was working on a full-length work on the death of the American Dream for Random House, a project that he never really got going. We can practically hear the wheels in his head spinning in his letters to his editor, Jim Silberman, as he tries desperately to outline and come to grips with the book. Thompson struggled with constant debts, and salved his anxieties with liberal applications of alcohol, mescaline, and LSD (althou marijuana did not interest him much). Eventually salvation showed up in the form of a position as a staff writer at Rolling Stone magazine. He also was a big aficionado of firearms, and approached one editor with an offer of a humorous monthly column on the subject, written by his bad boy alter ego, Raoul Duke. Many of these letters contain some fine writing, but others do not. I grew a little bored with his itemized expense requests and demands for payment from publishers. And the tales of his involvement in local Aspen / Pitkin County politics are fascinating, but grow repetitive. Apparently he was involved in an effort to get a young, inexperienced, pot-smoking cyclist/lawyer elected mayor of Aspen, and made a run for county sherrif himself. Both these efforts came up short, but only by a handful of votes. We can only wonder what that might have turned out like if they had won!A few things definitely become clear about the man. He was rebellious, angry, incisive, and funny. He was easily outraged and frequently outrageous. I did begin to grow a bit tired with his constant invective and lashing out at others - he seemed pretty unwilling to look at the possibility that one source of his difficulties was his own behavior. His political outlook could best be described as left-libertarian - he despised the Republican Party and viewed the establishment with some paranoia - the fear and loathing he is always putting into his letters ("Yours in Fear and Loathing".) I also began to perceive some instability in the man - despite his talents he was probably struggling with some sort of psychological disorger. He later became a shadow of his former self - barely able to write, in bad shape physically, and still consuming lots of psychoactive substances. Eventually he himself became the spectacle, rather than his writing. Still, I look forward to reading some of his classic gonzo works, some of which I'm sure kick some a** and recall a time when there were adventurous, wild journalists out there with a left-of-center perspective.

  • Nicholas
    2019-04-19 15:58

    You sometimes get the feeling from his published works that HST lived a carefree life of hedonism and financial success.These two volumes of correspondence counter that myth and paint a picture of a man in the throes of impending poverty,furiously burning the midnight oil in an attempt to extract fees and expense accounts to fend off the bailiff, and get credit at the local store.Its a hefty book and there's a few superfluous letters in there but on the whole its all compelling stuff if you want to know the truth behind the legend.Some will feel cheated and their perceptions shattered but I feel he doesn't come off that badly considering the pressures he puts himself under,trying to earn a crust freelancing and retaining his creative integrity as well as feeding his family at the same time.I'd rank this as a far better portrait of the man than any of the biographies that have been published and hope that a third volume will come around sometime in the future.

  • Raegan Butcher
    2019-04-12 19:11

    Collected letters of HST from 1967 to 1976. Very funny stuff. He takes aim at the usual targets, Nixon, greed, etc etc as well as many savage and outlandish threats directed at everyone from his old "friend", the long-suffering Ralph Steadman, to the operator of the local Colorado Tv station. Hunter s. Thompson was truly a one-of-a-kind human being.

  • Drew
    2019-03-26 23:57

    This huge tome of Hunter Thompson's correspondence took me approximately two months to read, but that doesn't mean that I didn't like it. In fact, I enjoyed it quite a bit. However, the format leant itself to being put down for extended periods of time before returning to it. There's not much of any connection or narrative flow between one letter and the next, and most of the time, the other half of Thompson's correspondence is not reproduced here, so the reader is left to guess at what exactly has inspired him to hurl invective at this person or that one. That's most of what he does in this book, too--hurl invective, both at people he likes and people he's sincerely angry with. His correspondence with Oscar Acosta is full of such rancor, and moves over the course of the book from seeming like good-natured bickering between friends to real animosity. One wonders if Thompson and Acosta would have worked out their differences over time, were it not for the latter's untimely disappearance. It's a lot of fun to read each individual letter, especially the lengthier ones that delve into more complicated thought processes that Thompson was working through at various stages of completing books or articles. There are several detailed outlines herein for books that were never completed, all of which are entertaining, but also of course frustrating due to the fact that we can't go read those books in full. There are also many interesting arguments back and forth between Thompson and his various publishers, in which we learn his exact feelings (generally predictable but hilarious fury) about the various edits and bowdlerizations he was forced to suffer throughout his career. It becomes clear that Thompson always took his writing very seriously, and had a lot invested in his work being read exactly the way he intended. He also got very frustrated with those who saw his "gonzo" style as just an excuse to make shit up. As far as Thompson was concerned, he was telling the truth in all of his pieces, even if he didn't always use a format that was approved by standard journalists of the time. I wouldn't really recommend reading this book to anyone who isn't well-versed in Hunter S. Thompson's writing career; in order to be most properly enjoyed, the reader should probably already be familiar with "Hell's Angels," "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas," "Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail 72," and "The Great Shark Hunt," as work that ended up in all four of these books is discussed in detail here. As I said, not that much information is given to the reader outside of the actual text of the letters, so it'll be a lot harder to keep up if you haven't read those books. If you have, though, and you're interested in an even deeper examination of Thompson's life and mindset during that period of his career, "Fear And Loathing In America" will provide you with a very entertaining read. And honestly, you'll probably be better off setting it aside every now and then and cleansing your palate with something a bit lighter before returning. Trying to take this whole book in one fell swoop would probably amount to biting off more than one can chew.

  • Brian
    2019-04-23 21:14

    This thick volume was a good look at the world of Hunter S Thompson from the time of his first real success with "Hell's Angels" to the release of his first collection "The Great Shark Hunt". The letters in this volume discuss his often rocky relationship with Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, his money troubles--he never became wealthy despite his apparent public success, his friendships with William Kennedy, Oscar Acosta, and George McGovern, among others, and (most importantly) his struggles trying to repeat the genuine quality of his triumvirate of successes in the late '60s and early '70s: "Hell's Angels", "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", and "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72". Reading some of the long, sometimes repetitive letters, it soon becomes obvious that Thompson's lifestyle did as much to hurt his ability to write as it did to form his singular and still influential style. Although Thompson continued to write good articles right up until his suicide in 2005, he clearly struggled, and this volume of his letters paints a clear picture of the reasons for his rise, and for his long fall.

  • Scott
    2019-04-24 19:55

    You'd think one would get tired of 6 years worth of correspondence in re: asking for payment, asking for advances, demanding payments, asking for loans, bitching about money (payments and advances and expenses), and after all that, begging for editorial compass. But not here. As good as he was as a political journalist, he comes out looking even better after reading these 6 years worth of missives. Wish there were more folks like him now; we need them.

  • Jeremy Hunter
    2019-04-18 22:22

    Fear and Loathing in America is Hunter S. Thompson's second collection of correspondence letters. Occasionally the letters are amusing, for example: Thompson's feud with a local CBS television affiliate over their broadcast times of Lassie. Most of the letters cover Hunter's money problems and arguments with his editors. The biggest reveal of this collection is that Hunter's public persona and his private life where one in the same. This collection is strictly for the Thompson obsessives.

  • Ron
    2019-04-25 19:15

    While the first volume of Thompson's letters showed us the nascent writer with little more than aspirations and a very limited sense of his own style, writing mostly to friends, family, and certain new acquaintances while roaming the world as a young man, the second volume shows the true character of a man who may not have been what we all thought. Thompson is now a professional writer who has had some critical and financial success and has become caught up in the very cult of celebrity he decries so often in his published works. Gone are most of the letters to friends and family, replaced by letters to editors with vague notions about stories, letters to famous TV and print journalists, Kurt Vonngut, angry letters to various publishers about things he had written that were misconstrued or taken out of context (not to mention his usual angry letters to manufacturers of faulty goods he had purchased), and to his agent or Jann Wenner haggling over money. His sole goal seems to be to pile up money and put it into the purchase of more land to isolate himself from humanity as he grows increasingly paranoid and inclined only to hole up at Woody Creek with his devout few (which, in inexplicable bad taste, included Jimmy Buffett and the Grateful Dead, but all those Boomers had bad taste in music).In fact, a portrait of Thompson as a con man emerges at this point. He isn't interested in saving the world so much as provoking a response with his writing. He made so much money from the Vegas book that he didn't work at all in 1971. In 1972, his gig with Rolling Stone paid him $25,000 for a mere 25 published pages in the magazine, while he ran up a whopping $30,000 in expenses, jetting about the globe and staying in the presidential suites of the most expensive hotels (he paints Wenner as a spoiled rich kid who was skiing in CO while Thompson was trying to escape the fall of Saigon, but the truth is the Thompson added to the end of almost every letter that he could be found in the bar or the pool if he wasn't in his room--which was almost never). He constantly complains to his agent at this point about being broke, but then reveals that he paid over $15,000 in taxes that year, which suggests that more than another $20,000 in royalties had rolled in. This puts his effective income at $75,000 for the year, which would be roughly the same as making a quarter of a million in today's dollars.Thompson eventually became seduced by the game itself and became a political junkie, as evidenced by the title of a later volume called Better Than Sex. While he did manage to expose a great deal of corruption and had a sincere venom for the right wing motives and tactics of many in the Democratic Party as well, Thompson was a part of the scene and his income wholly predicated upon their existence. He was the Batman to their Joker, and the Batman is a very twisted 'hero' indeed.

  • Kate
    2019-04-18 23:14

    What can I say? This was an amazing and brilliant book. It’s just this amazing and wonderful glimpse into the life of a professional journalist. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that I was loathe to put down. I get so caught up in just getting a book read and crossing it off my list, but this one. This one I miss. I wish I could pick it up and read it all over again for the first time. Now, I went in, pretty much knowing nothing at all about Thompson. I’ve never read anything by Thompson. I haven’t even seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (the movie). So I had no idea what to expect. Thompson is this over the top character, always the outsider, the rebel, given to flipping the system off. And yet. Reading these letters, he is also a consummate professional, he develops his persona, but he’s deeply invested in making a living as a writer, in cultivating professional contacts, and he has a pretty good sense of his own style and his audience. It’s fascinating to see how he balances these 2 images. Being both the outsider and rebel, and the professional who understands that he needs to get along with others. The book is also this great insight into the development of a writer. It starts just after Thompson’s thirtieth birthday, just after the publication of Hell’s Angels. So it covers the work he does for Rolling Stone, the writing of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, 1972. But it also covers Thompson’s disillusionment with fame. Sure, everyone knows who he is, but he’s still barely scraping by. He makes a living writing, but he isn’t getting rich from it. And we get to see his burgeoning apathy with the political process. This is a guy who was in Vietnam when they evacuated. Who followed Nixon and McGovern on their campaign trails. Nixon in both 1968 and 1972, and by the mid-seventies, as the 1976 campaign is winding down and the book is coming to an end, Thompson finds that politics no longer gets him going, that he’s ready to try other things. As a writer, I found this professional account of things fascinating and spell-binding, because most of these letters are Thompson writing about the details of his writing career. Correspondence with writer-friends/acquaintances, other journalists, magazine editors, his editor at Random House; his agent. But it’s also this broad and detailed account of a writer writing about his views and his writing and sometimes the personal details of his life. I’ve come away with an immense admiration and more than a little respect for Thompson.Malcolm Hillgartner was a superb narrator for this book. He does great voices for the authors of different letters, but not exaggerated or fanciful. He has a nice even tone that catches the tone of the authors and never dips into monotony.

  • Sheri
    2019-04-10 22:23

    I love this book & I love this author/journalist/all around fabulous entertainer! Enough said.* I should have 'Better Than Sex' on my shelf, but it was stolen in 2001! :(

  • Chris
    2019-04-23 22:19

    I've recently been given a copy of the audiobook for review. Here it is. I’ve recently listened to Fear and Loathing in America, by Hunter S Thompson, read by Malcom Hillgartner, ISBN 9781482998337. This is a single voice production, no sound effects. Very subtle voice changes are detected depending on the writer. What a monster of a book - a great listen, and highly recommended for any HST fan. The voice is just edgy enough to keep the book listenable but deliver that believability that you are listening to Hunter S Thompson’s words. Hunter S Thompson is a master letter writer - this book should be standard reading for anyone interested in correspondence. One of the gems into this book is that is offers new insight into the writing of, methodology, and general commentary of Hells Angels (HSTs first published book). I really enjoy the crisp and short introductions to new players in the letter game. They are just long enough to get the point across without wasting too much time and space. In the first third or so of the book, Acosta really steals the show and fleshes out into a more real person - the intricacies of their relationship are very interesting to see, and there are some shocking moments as well. This collection of letters really gives a sense of what it was actually like to be Hunter S Thompson after Hells Angels but before his other works. The brutal honesty of being well known but broke at the same time is a great tidbit. The inner struggles of working for money and selling things as opposed to artistic integrity is pretty clear here - and is worth a listen to if only to learn a bit more about that aspect. It is also fascinating to see how long it takes Thompson to find his groove with money and handling it. The birth of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is certainly interesting - and leaves one wondering if the originals ideas it stemmed from could still be done, or if HSTs thoughts on it are in fact true. As the letters progress, we gain inside information into the methods used to write his classic FLLV, as well as some unexpected points (his lack of drug use during the actual writing). This collection will teach you something new about HST, no matter who you may be - from his relationships with people unexpected, to his travels less documented, to books unpublished and the histories of those that were published, you will walk away with a clearer understanding of who HST was, independent of what the popular meme of him is. I give it 4 out of 5, and recommend it to anyone with a passing interest in Hunter S Thompson.

  • Anubis
    2019-04-23 16:02

    As with this first volume of letters, this collection from HST gives valuable insight into the working mind of a legend. He also provides a rare glimpse into the hell that is writing for money, from haggling with publishers and editors over fees and expenses to charting a course of action, gaining press credentials and determining a focus, for writing some of his best known articles. This collection begins after publication of Hells Angels and takes the reader on a journey that stops at some of the most memorable moments in his career, his campaign for Sheriff of Aspen, meeting Ralph Steadman to cover the Kentucky Derby, the ill-fated assignment to write a caption on the Mint 400 that resulted in "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas," and his coverage of the '72 presidential campaign.The book also deals with a more human side of Hunter, fretting about being able to support his family, battling to protect his land and keeping tourists and developers from destroying Aspen, and responding to retailers about faulty merchandise or news stations for shoddy reporting. His unusual character comes out when he gleefully abuses a Midwestern housewife who writes to gush about the exiting time he must have had with the infamous biker gang, or shares his appreciation for a plucky 90 year old who was offended by his language when she mistakenly chose to read an issue of Rolling Stone.I love Hunter S. Thompson, so the collection was a fascinating read. To also stumble upon his interactions with other notable writers: Tom Wolfe, Kurt Vonnegut, William Kennedy, and Anthony Burgess was an added treat.

  • David
    2019-04-10 19:06

    This is a very thorough collection of letters/memos that were written to/from Hunter S. Thompson b/w 1968 and 1976. Although it is extremely long (and a bit repetitive, but each letter has something new to offer) it is one of my favorite HST works. This time period encompasses the release of Hell's Angels, the creation and publication of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 and many infamous articles that were eventually compiled in the Gonzo Papers books.This gave me more insight into HST than any of his other books. It's almost like a diary, because each of his letters is so personal and detailed. There is no way you could possibly understand what he is saying all of the time, but it sure is fun to try! In the past I had been so interested in the collection of articles and books that I had read by HST, but this book was a very open peak into his personal life. I am amazed out how direct and honest he is in each letter, especially those addressed to debt collectors and his editors/publishers. Doktor Thompson was definitely a man who had faith in his beliefs and wasn't afraid to tell others what he thought.I wish I had known ahead of time to read the first "letters" volume first - this is the second. And so I will be reading them out of order. But, I figure I am reading all of HST out of order, and my collection is almost complete - at which point I will be able to re-read them in order!

  • Joseph
    2019-04-25 22:56

    After reading the first volume of Thompson's letters, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-67, I picked up this second volume, which covers the time period during which he wrote his most well-known book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, in preparation for a re-reading of that seminal work.Like the letters in the first volume, those in The Brutal Odyssey show both a side of the writer that many will find unfamiliar (i.e. an insightful political analyst) as well as the "Raoul Duke" side we recognize as quintessential HST. What strikes me is the variety of people with whom he interacted, corresponded, and - surprisingly - seemed to like: Pat Buchanan, Jimmy Carter, David Broder, Richard Goodwin, Doris Kearns, Gary Hart, Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern, and Walter Mondale to name just a few.It probably wasn't always easy to be a friend of Thompson's, but it must have been interesting. After reading this, you won't likely be able to get his voice out of your head, you twisted scumbags. Cazart.

  • Kristen Wenzel
    2019-04-21 16:02

    I'm in process of slogging through this one, the sections relevant to Thompson's run for Sherriff and the journalistic trips that resulted in "Fear and Loathing" are enteratining and exciting to read, even if the former get a little redundant as he explains himself to his wide range of correspondents (friends, agents, editors, various swine in the political arena). I have laughed out loud several times at his viscious tongue in cheek letters to friends, as well as his diatribes to manufacturers on products he felt compelled to comment on (and/or ask for refunds). It is especially intriguing to read the correspondence between Oscar Acosta (the inspiration for the Samoan attorney in "Vegas") and Thompson as they wrestle with issues of friendship, politics and libel related to the eventual publication of their heavily exaggerated journey. More later, I've hit the political campaign section and it is a little harder to follow as I was just a young'un when most of this stuff was happenign so I have to struggle harder to sort out some of the names.

  • Richard Ward
    2019-04-01 23:59

    This 2nd volume of collected letters covers probably the most fertile period of HST's professional life to date, that gave rise to his best known works: Fear and loathing in Las Vegas and Fear and loathing on the campaign trail. A common thread running throughout is Thompson's plans to write a book on the death of the american dream, a project he has yet to fully realise, but that has been a recurrent theme in his work. you also get a good insight into how F&L in Las Vegas was written (basically it's two 'assignments' stuck together) and how Thompson worked during that time.There is also a whole series of letters covering his failed run for the office of Sheriff, which makes for interesting reading.However, most importantly of all, what you get here is the picture of a man who, despite his cartoonish public persona, is actually a thoroughly decent person, who,though harsh with his enemies,is gentle and generous with his friends and family.

  • Ira
    2019-04-14 20:58

    The multi-volume collection of letters is an unexpected gift for those who love HST. Perhaps not every single letter in the set is attention grabbing, but take the stop and shop method and read what you want. His correspondence with childhood friends, autors, enemies, and politicians among others is exciting, insightful, hilarious and sometimes just depressing. I count the fear and loathing books among the best I have ever read but these hold a very high place on the totem pole for me, not just among HST books but amongst all that I have read.

  • Maze Martinez
    2019-03-30 21:18

    This book is likely to always be on my "Currently Reading" shelf since I randomly pick it up and read excerpts whenever I am in the mood for a rant, a raving tirade pointed seemingly haphazardly at whomever should happen to cross paths with the mercurial and sharp tongued Hunter S. Thompson.Basically this is a collection of correspondences between Thompson and a whole entourage of characters from book publishers and magazine editors, personal friends, TV station executives, newspapers, political contacts, drug fiends, colleagues and random strangers. Thompson spared no one when he sat at his typewriter, and his wit and humor were not reserved for merely published works!This is an essential for any fans of Hunter S. Thompson.

  • Malloreon
    2019-03-31 17:02

    The dumbest and lamest book I've ever read. I read this book for a book club meet up and I was bored beyond belief. What was fascinating was all the women in my book club loved the book and thought it was so interesting, but to me this book was nothing more than 'jazz hands' from a loser trying way too hard to hype up his lame existence/adventures. The few times I've been high on weed were infinitely more interesting than the nonsense penned in this book. For all the "hardcore" vomit inducing drugs this guy consumed, I would have thought his stories would have been WAY more interesting! Big thumbs down!

  • Patrick
    2019-04-15 20:00

    A must read for all Thompson fans. Through his personal correspondence, you see the beginnings and the growth of Gonzo journalism (he is assigned Ralph Steadman for the Derby only when Hunter's first choice is off on another job), all culminating in the Vegas book. Tracking the expansion of his skills and method is tedious at times, but an education in writing.p.157 "The Great Scorer will like that story-and when he adds it in with the others, he will know that he is dealing with a warrior."p.439 "But there is not much evidence in history of either God or Justice. The best we can hope for is Truth."

  • Chris
    2019-04-24 21:22

    A great book about not compromising on your dreams. The book begins just before he met R. Steadman and ends just before he started to believe the myth he had created.There is no better way to get a view of a persons life as he saw it, through hi own eyes than by reading his letters, especially when the man is a prolific letter writer. The third book in this series has been delayed for a couple of years, probably because it is from '77-'05 that he began to sink himself into oblivion, it's sure to be a depressing read.Cazart.

  • David Ward
    2019-04-12 00:03

    Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist: The Gonzo Letters, Volume II, 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson (Simon & Shuster 2001)(Biography). This contains much of Thompson’s correspondence between 1968 and 1976. It includes correspondence about his run for sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, about the making of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and about the 1972 presidential campaign (Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72). I found this to be quite tedious. DNF. My rating: 6.5/10, finished 2006.

  • Geoff
    2019-04-02 21:58

    It's HST and I loved it. A great insight into a period of a man's life - from his point of view and at the time it happened. A man who said it like he saw it, and walked it like he talked it. Whether his views are for you (they are for me) or not, it's still an entertaining, open and honest read. One that I would imagine is impossible not to get anything out of. For example, on a writing level alone, 'witnessing' the thought processes that go into producing a text worthy of being read outside of one's significant others is worthy of the entrance fee alone.

  • Spencer Jordan
    2019-04-17 21:24

    Just like F.A.L. In Las Vegas, but different setting with an ever wilder story. I really have began to enjoy Hunter Thompson books because they are just so abstract compared to any other real-world books. His adventures tripping in drugs give such an interesting twist to the story line, and being such a good writer makes the book read very fluently. I would recommend this book to a certain person, possibly anyone who is a little bit insane or whoever has the patients to comprehend his descriptive scenes.

  • Joseph
    2019-04-15 16:56

    Bought this waaaaayyy back in either '00 or '01. Better late than never...Didn't finish due to...12/29/08: As much as I love the good doc's work, I can't bring myself to finish it right now. The letters are funny and highly inspirational at times, but they drag on and are kinda monotonous. I'm sure it gets better later in the book so I'll come back to it when I'm back on a Gonzo kick. Right now I'm feeling a bit Bukowskian.

  • Mike
    2019-03-26 19:59

    I love this book, I picked it up right after HST died. I used to bring it along to all my boring temp assignments and it was always entertaining and interesting. The only trouble was that I got so into Thompson's rash attitude that it made me really abrasive and irrational myself sometimes. But I was very impressed with a book that held my attention so well over 750 pages of personal correspondence.

  • Darin Campbell
    2019-04-02 17:14

    I liked this collection of letters better than "The Proud Highway" though that was great too. This volume focuses on the years when Thompson made his name as a writer with the publication of "Hells Angels" and also deals with the genesis of his most well known book, "Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas". A fascinating read by one of my favourite authors, we're fortunate he kept copies of all his letters, as the light they shed on his career and struggles with publishers etc is invaluable

  • Harish Venkatesan
    2019-03-30 20:57

    hst was a nut; he was also brilliant-- this collection of letters tracing through his career as a writer reflects both truths. i read this right after the biographical "gonzo", which made it interesting to see his life from multiple perspectives. i'd recommend a similar course in order to get a real handle on that era, and this man's take on key events that happened then (for example, the brutal 1968 chicago democratic convention, a turning point in a number of ways).