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"Thompson has presented us with a close view of a world most of us would never encounter. His language is brilliant, his eye remarkable."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Superb and terrifying." --Studs Terkel, Chicago Tribune
"California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur. . . The Menace is loose again." Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson's vivid account of his experiences with California's most no-torious motorcycle gang, the Hell's Angels. In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial An-gels, cycling up and down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, "For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson's book is a thoughtful piece of work." As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell's Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend.
From the Hardcover edition.
Thompson's style of writing is very easy to read. This book contains some good "boots on the ground" experiences along with references to historical documents (The Lynch... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Badger!
I really enjoyed this book, especially how the timeline intersects that of The electric kool-aid acid test!Published 1 month ago by Fossilfuel
Hunter Thompson at his best. In depth view of club, media, cultural and social phenomenon. Muddled with wit and mixed with rum. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gerald A. Mortenson
Thompson wasn't just a great storyteller but a very insightful social historian. One also can't help but think how much his time with the Angels influenced the Gonzo journalism we... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Huggins
HST writes a good story. I just don't care too much about biker gangs. This book spends a lot of time on background information, which I might have liked more if I found biker... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Francis Burns II
Half chronicle, half overlong description of the ways and deeds of the infamous motorcycle gang. Thompson has a sure way of making even mildly interesting stories exciting by means... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Martin Camacho