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The Maltese Sangweech and other Heroes Hardcover – January 1, 1984


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  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; First Edition edition (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000MFHA88
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,739,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you enjoy Hunter S. Thompson, you owe it to yourself to read Bill Cardoso's The Maltese Sangweech.

I met Bill in a bar in Nevada back in the early Aughties and we passed many an evening sipping whisky and swapping tales. His were far more stunning than mine. I first read this book when Bill loaned me his only copy of it. I loved it so much, I bought my own copy afterwards -- used, because it's been out of print for decades.

Bill is the guy who came up with the term "gonzo journalism" to describe the research and writing methods of his good friend and Rolling Stone colleague, Hunter S. Thompson.

Bill had some great stories about his days with Hunter, my favorite being: he was living with Hunter and his wife and every day Hunter would go off to his office where he wrote all day. He didn't trust Bill alone with his wife, so he would make Bill climb down into the cellar, hand him a bottle of liquor, and pull up the ladder. Hunter figured his wife would be safe while he was off writing.

The first thing Hunter's wife would do as soon as Hunter was gone was lower down a ladder. Bill would climb up and they would share the liquor and hang out all day. Just before Hunter returned, she'd lower the ladder and send him back down again, to pretend he'd been in the cellar all day.

How can you not want to read the writing of the man Hunter banished to the cellar every day?

Hunter is gone now and Bill is gone, too. This book is out of print but you can usually get used copies. It was Bill's magnum opus and he was very proud of it. He told me he wrote it to get a woman who had left him to return.

"And did she come back to you?" I asked

"No."

"Did she at least read the book?
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By Daniel C Mahoney on March 29, 2014
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The tale of the Ali/Foreman fight in Zaire is worth preserving. This is Cardoso's only collection I have been able to find.
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