This astonishing volume of private correspondence, a
critically acclaimed follow-up to The
Proud Highway, shows Hunter S.
Thompson as brazen, incisive, and outrageous as ever. When that first book of
letters appeared in 1997, Time pronounced it “deliriously entertaining,” Rolling Stone called it “brilliant beyond description,” and the New York Times celebrated
its “wicked humor and bracing political conviction.”
Spanning the years between 1968 and 1976, these
never-before-published letters show Thompson building his legend: running for
sheriff in Aspen, Colorado; creating the seminal road book Fear and Loathing
in Las Vegas; twisting
political reporting to new heights for Rolling Stone; and making sense of it all in the
landmark Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72. To read Thompson’s dispatches from
these years—addressed to the author’s friends, enemies, editors, and creditors
and such notables as Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, and Kurt Vonnegut—is to read a
raw, revolutionary eyewitness account of one of the most exciting and pivotal
eras in American history.
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