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Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 Mass Market Paperback – April 22, 1985
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With the same drug-addled alacrity and jaundiced wit that made Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas a hilarious hit, Hunter S. Thompson turns his savage eye and gonzo heart to the repellent and seductive race for President. He deconstructs the 1972 campaigns of idealist George McGovern and political hack Richard Nixon, ending up with a political vision that is eerily prophetic. A classic!
'The best stuff on the campaign I've read anywhere.' Nicholas Von Hoffman, Washington Post 'Obscene, horrid, repellent ... driving, urgent, candid, searing ... a fascinating, compelling book!' New York Post 'Hunter S. Thompson is the most creatively crazy and vulnerable of the New Journalists. His books are brilliant and honorable and valuable ... the literary equivalent of Cubism: all rules are broken.' Kurt Vonnegut Jr 'Gaze in awe ... Hunter Thompson does in his own mad way betray a profound democratic concern for the polity. And in its own mad way, it's darned refreshing.' New York Times 'Shocks you into laughter.' Detroit Free Press 'Unnerving!' Newsweek --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I really enjoy the way he writes. His style is nowadays so often imitated- but NEVER equaled.
--Now, first a Warning--
If your only other experience with the late Dr Thompson is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and you got into all of the mindless drug fueled debauchery in that, well I have bad news:
F&L on the Campaign Trail is NOT that at all, so if that's what you are expecting then you might be disappointed. Instead, read Hell's Angels first. It still has the sex and violence, but it reads more like real journalism than someone narrating an orgy. That will at least prepare you for what to expect in Campaign Trail '72.
If you are into politics at all, this is a MUST read. HST really goes into all of the intricacies of the electoral process, but does so with such flair and style that it never becomes dry.
My personal favorite Thompson book is Hells Angels, but I'd have to say this one comes in a close second.
The "edgy" feeling Thompson swings like a cudgel serves him well as he delves into various misadventures, asides and other nonsense that that could only happen in the crazy, sick world the Republicans and Democrats. Hunter does a fantastic job getting the various personalities over during the book and keeps things interesting during the monotonous run of the campaigns (which is something most political books fail to do).
While not his best work, this is another effort that will subtly beckon for a re-read down the line, and the fact that I'm considering keeping it around speaks volumes about the book's entertainment value and historical significance.
It's easy to read. Scathing and funny at the same time. To be cursed by Thompson would be an honor if it didn't require them to be despicable.
After reading Thompson, other political commentary seems as fluffy as egg whites.