Hunter S. Thompson penned groundbreaking works as outrageous—and provocative—as
the author himself. His memoir, Kingdom of Fear, provides compelling
insight into his life and literary output.
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.
This boisterous, blistering ride illuminates as never before
the professional and ideological risk taking of a literary genius and
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