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Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson Hardcover – July 17, 2008
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If you've ever wondered what was behind the sunglasses, drugs and booze...here it is. -- Rick Bragg
This is the Great Red Shark of Hunter biographies. McKeen gives us full frontal HST...Read it or die. -- Greg Palast, the author of the New York Times bestsellers Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
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" Of all the "Biographies" about Hunter that have come out in the last year, this is definitely the best. William was a friend to Hunter, had an academic history with him, and his book shows his interest in Hunter's work, more so than just tawdry gossip. It has far fewer inaccuracies than the others. William also managed to put out the book while dealing with his own health issues. So Huge congratulations to him. As Hunter's wife, I highly recommend this book to you!
until next time, your friend,
So much has been written about Hunter S. Thompson, and his story is so mythic in its sweep, that it is difficult to summarize his career without restating stereotypes that have already been digested like so much mescaline by tens of thousands, if not millions, of his fans. With careful aim, McKeen avoids these trappings with "Outlaw Journalist." There is very little of the hero worship and simple recounting of drugs and carousing that typify a story about Hunter S. Thompson. An acquaintance of Thompson's and a professor of journalism at the University of Florida Gainesville, McKeen is uniquely situated to provide an atypical contribution to the growing cannon of criticism and analysis on such an outrageous and singular subject that is refreshingly divergent and illuminating in its academic classicism and straightforward tradition. In the David McCullough sense. In the Doris Kearns Goodwin sense. Which I felt was a fairly appropriate comparison for "Outlaw Journalist," and then I got to page 216 and learned that Hunter once ran off with the Goodwin's babysitter.Read more ›
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How is it possible to write a boring book about Hunter S. Thompson? William McKeen is a professor of journalism and that says it all. This book reads like a 350 page obituary. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Philip J. Bentley
A gift for my fiance and he couldn't have been happier! The book is in great shape and will be one he holds onto for a long time. Great buy!!Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth I.
Dr. William McKeen is a brilliant writer. I love everything he has written. It's almost like I know him or something....very mysterious.Published 12 months ago by Lucia Dylan
The HST bandwagon is in full gear and leading the pack with this book. Like them all it's a rehash of all the old stories but told better and by different people.Published 16 months ago by J. R. Hansen