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Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Centuryby Hunter S Thompson
I never thought that old Dr. Gonzo would ever be relevant again. Leave it to a conservative administration to prove me wrong. In this collection of pre- and post-9-11 writings, Kingdom of Fear shows that Thompson can still be witty, provocative and insightfully deranged.
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The man with the most unmistakable voice in American journalism chronicles his life as a rebel and a revolutionary in his resounding national bestseller, Kingdom of Fear. Many had questioned the probability that Hunter S. Thompson would ever write a memoir. But the enigmatic legend of letters bucked the odds, resulting in a hilarious account of the making of the Gonzo journalist. From his days as a smart-mouthed Kentucky youth through the evolution into a style-defying, lawbreaking journalist, Thompson's life has been a personification of the journalistic style he invented: a wild fusion of fact and myth, danger and hedonism, fearlessness and humor.
"Outraged and outrageous, Thompson remains, in this hodgepodge of pieces spanning most of his life (the opening story about his first great prank, pulled at age 9, is priceless), a larger-than-life middle-American humorist whose only peers are Mark Twain and William Burroughs." Booklist
"He amuses; he frightens; he flirts with doom. His achievement is substantial." Garry Wills
"Characteristically incoherent at times, yet rollickingly funny throughout, Thompson's latest proves that the father of gonzo journalism is alive and well." Publishers Weekly
"Who better to write about gonzo journalist Thompson than Thompson himself?" Library Journal
"There are only two adjectives writers care about anymore...'brilliant' and 'outrageous'...and Hunter Thompson has a freehold on both of them." Tom Wolfe
"His hallucinated vision strikes one as having been, after all, the sanest." Nelson Algren
"Thompson is too outrageous ever to grow stale, his storytelling too rockingly mad to ignore....Candent prose that still screws and buckles all it touches." Kirkus Reviews
Many had questioned the probability that Hunter S. Thompson would ever write a memoir. But the enigmatic legend of letters bucked the odds, resulting in a hilarious account of the making of the Gonzo journalist.
Brilliant, provocative, outrageous, and brazen, Hunter S. Thompson's infamous rule breaking — in his journalism, in his life, and of the law — changed the shape of American letters and the face of American icons. Kingdom of Fear traces the course of Thompson's life as a rebel — from a smart-mouthed Kentucky kid flouting all authority to a convention-defying journalist who came to personify a wild fusion of fact, fiction, and mind-altering substances.
Call it the evolution of an outlaw. Here are the formative experiences that comprise Thompson's legendary trajectory alongside the weird and the ugly. Whether detailing his exploits as a foreign correspondent in Rio, his job as night manager of the notorious O'Farrell Theatre in San Francisco, his epic run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Power ticket, or the sensational legal maneuvering that led to his full acquittal in the famous 99 Days trial, Thompson is at the peak of his narrative powers in Kingdom of Fear. And this boisterous, blistering ride illuminates as never before the professional and ideological risk taking of a literary genius and transgressive icon.
About the Author
Hunter S. Thompson's books include Fear and Loathing in America, Screwjack, Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Proud Highway, Better Than Sex, The Rum Diary, and Kingdom of Fear. He was contributor to various national and international publications, including a weekly sports column for ESPN.com.
Hunter S. Thompson died February 2005.
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