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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,497 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hunter S. Thompson Narrator: Scott Sowers Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After popularizing Gonzo journalism with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson turned his drug-fueled wit and savage insight to the race for president. With Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72, Thompson deconstructs the 1972 campaigns of George McGovern and Richard Nixon, laying bare a political process that is both seductive and utterly repellent. From the Democratic primaries to the eventual showdown between McGovern and Nixon, this book takes listeners on a hilarious, terrifying, and eye-opening journey.

Forty years after its original publication, this book remains a cornerstone of American political journalism and one of the bestselling campaign books of all time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Some of the clearest, most bracing, and fearless analysis of the possibilities and failures of American democracy in the past century.” Chicago Tribune
  • “The best stuff on the campaign I’ve read anywhere.”

    Nicholas von Hoffman, Washington Post

  • “Obscene, horrid, repellent! Driving, urgent, candid, searing! A fascinating, compelling book!”

    New York Post

  • “Hunter S. Thompson is the most creatively crazy and vulnerable of the New Journalists. His books are brilliant and honorable and valuable! The literary equivalent of Cubism: all rules are broken.”

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

  • “Gaze in awe! Hunter Thompson does in his own mad way betray a profound democratic concern for the polity. And in its own mad way, it’s darned refreshing.”

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Valiss | 2/17/2014

    " A very good read as Hunter follows the 1972 primaries with George McGovern. Excellent insight into the inner working of a campaign and general politics. The book has it all: Hunter talks football with President Ford, avoids some cops at a rally and even gets his "good" name trashed by someone who steals his press badge. Certainly not as drug induced as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but nevertheless a joy ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan Milbrath | 2/12/2014

    " Probably one of the most interesting and informative written material on political campaigns in general. While some might disagree and say that this book represents a more "subdued" Hunter Thompson than the one pictured in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or the Hells Angels, I think this book, more than the others, captures the essence of gonzo or hyper subjective journalism. I'll admit this book became boring and tedious at times, but I think it truely represented a "middle finger" to the notion of objective journalism in politics-a statement that I can always agree with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Phil | 2/7/2014

    " Probably the last thing he wrote before drugs and alcohol made him into a parody of his former self. This book combines Thompson's usual manic rants with some surprisingly insightful analysis of American politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joe Alewine | 1/31/2014

    " Bar none, flat out, the best book on politics I've ever read. Insightful, hilarious, serious in craft and totally irreverant. One of my favorites. "

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