Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo
  • Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo
  • Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo
ISBN: 0520304926
EAN13: 9780520304925
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 11, 2022
Pages: 246
Format: Hardcover
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This is the authoritative study that the creator of Gonzo journalism deserves. As Richardson shows, Thompson's outraged coverage of the American circus in all its tragedy and hilarity has largely stood the test of time. You can measure the rise and fall of alternative journalism by charting Thompson's wild ride, as Savage Journey does so intelligently.--David Talbot, author of The Devil's Chessboard, Brothers, and Season of the Witch

Hunter S. Thompson was kind of a Zelig--always in the right place at a moment of history. This book focuses on a key period of his life, namely his formative years in California. Peter Richardson gives us Thompson witnessing the birth of the American counterculture. This is an essential read for anyone who cares about Hunter S. Thompson--or about American history and culture.--William McKeen, author of Outlaw Journalist and Mile Marker Zero

Hunter Thompson was too often dismissed during his lifetime as a hopped-up crank, a marginal, if entertaining, figure. Savage Journey deftly moves him where he belongs, to the center, and establishes his significance in post-war America culture. Hunter, like Mark Twain, was firmly in the American grain.--David Streitfeld, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and editor of Hunter S. Thompson: The Last Interview
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   Strip away the myth . . .
As a long time fan of the good Doktor, I enjoyed this book and got through it quickly. HST was domestically a bit of a prick and a bully at work. The author does a good job of showing Thompson's rise and decline honestly. I still read Fear and Loathing on the campaign trail '72 almost every election cycle and is still holding. I am still a fan of the guy, but now with a more nuanced eye.
 
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