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ISBN13: 9781451691573
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A National Review Top Ten Best Nonfiction Books of the Century

 

“One of Orwell’s very best books and perhaps the best book that exists on the Spanish Civil War.”—The New Yorker

 

In 1936, originally intending merely to report on the Spanish Civil War as a journalist, George Orwell found himself embroiled as a participant—as a member of the Workers’ Party of Marxist Unity. Fighting against the Fascists, he described in painfully vivid and occasionally comic detail life in the trenches—with a “democratic army” composed of men with no ranks, no titles, and often no weapons—and his near fatal wounding. As the politics became tangled, Orwell was pulled into a heartbreaking conflict between his own personal ideals and the complicated realities of political power struggles.

 

Considered one of the finest works by a man V. S. Pritchett called “the wintry conscience of a generation,” Homage to Catalonia is both Orwell’s memoir of his experiences at the front and his tribute to those who died in what he called a fight for common decency. This edition features a new foreword by Adam Hochschild placing the war in greater context and discussing the evolution of Orwell’s views on the Spanish Civil War.

 

“No one except George Orwell . . . made the violence and self-dramatization of Spain so burning and terrible.”— Alfred Kazin, New York Times

 

“A wise book, one that once read will never be forgotten.”—Chicago Sunday Tribune

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In 1936 Orwell went to Spain to report on the Civil War and instead joined the fight against the Fascists. This famous account describes the war and Orwells experiences. Introduction by Lionel Trilling, foreword by Adam Hochschild.

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From the legendary journalist and creator of and#8220;Gonzoand#8221; journalism Hunter S. Thompson comes the bestselling critical look at Nixon and McGovernand#8217;s 1972 presidential election.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Forty years after its original publication, andlt;Iandgt;Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail and#8217;72 andlt;/Iandgt;remains a cornerstone of American political journalism and one of the bestselling campaign books of all time. Hunter S. Thompsonand#8217;s searing account of the battle for the 1972 presidencyand#8212;from the Democratic primaries to the eventual showdown between George McGovern and Richard Nixonand#8212;is infused with the characteristic wit, intensity, and emotional engagement that made Thompson and#8220;the flamboyant apostle and avatar of gonzo journalismand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt;). Hilarious, terrifying, insightful, and compulsively readable, andlt;Iandgt;Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail and#8217;72 andlt;/Iandgt;is an epic political adventure that captures the feel of the American democratic process better than any other book ever written.

About the Author

Hunter S. Thompson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His books include Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, The Rum Diary, and Better than Sex. He died in#LINK<># February 2005.

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Chris Blaker, March 21, 2015 (view all comments by Chris Blaker)
This is a landmark political work and likes of which we won’t see again in American letters. This book ( and What it Takes by Cramer) were written before Twitter deadlines and spin doctors. Writing features for Rolling Stone on a monthly basis, Thompson was able to give some time and thought to his pieces. In addition this book was written before the candidates were completely surrounded by staffers making sure the candidate didn’t say anything honest. Also this is when journalists and staffers would hang out and have more than a single club soda before bedtime at 9pm. The very fact that this book, having to do with an mostly forgotten campaign, is still in print speaks volumes. Yes, it’s long, but it’s well worth the read if you like either Thompson or politics.
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Chris Blaker, March 21, 2015 (view all comments by Chris Blaker)
This is a landmark political work and likes of which we won’t see again in American letters. This book ( and What it Takes by Cramer) were written before Twitter deadlines and spin doctors. Writing features for Rolling Stone on a monthly basis, Thompson was able to give some time and thought to his pieces. In addition this book was written before the candidates were completely surrounded by staffers making sure the candidate didn’t say anything honest. Also this is when journalists and staffers would hang out and have more than a single club soda before bedtime at 9pm. The very fact that this book, having to do with an mostly forgotten campaign, is still in print speaks volumes. Yes, it’s long, but it’s well worth the read if you like either Thompson or politics.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451691573
Author:
Thompson, Hunter S.
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Orwell, George
Author:
Trilling, Lionel
Author:
Hochschild, Adam
Subject:
Practical Politics
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Spain & Portugal
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b-w photos t-o
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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In 1936 Orwell went to Spain to report on the Civil War and instead joined the fight against the Fascists. This famous account describes the war and Orwells experiences. Introduction by Lionel Trilling, foreword by Adam Hochschild.

"Synopsis" by , From the legendary journalist and creator of and#8220;Gonzoand#8221; journalism Hunter S. Thompson comes the bestselling critical look at Nixon and McGovernand#8217;s 1972 presidential election.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Forty years after its original publication, andlt;Iandgt;Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail and#8217;72 andlt;/Iandgt;remains a cornerstone of American political journalism and one of the bestselling campaign books of all time. Hunter S. Thompsonand#8217;s searing account of the battle for the 1972 presidencyand#8212;from the Democratic primaries to the eventual showdown between George McGovern and Richard Nixonand#8212;is infused with the characteristic wit, intensity, and emotional engagement that made Thompson and#8220;the flamboyant apostle and avatar of gonzo journalismand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt;). Hilarious, terrifying, insightful, and compulsively readable, andlt;Iandgt;Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail and#8217;72 andlt;/Iandgt;is an epic political adventure that captures the feel of the American democratic process better than any other book ever written.
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