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Author: William McKeen Narrator: Fred Berman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781449866891
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The famous inventor of Gonzo journalism portrayed as never before, both his charisma and his adventurous work

Hunter S. Thompson detonated a two-ton bomb under the staid field of journalism with his early magazine pieces and revelatory “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Fear and Loathing” campaign coverage in Rolling Stone. When Thompson was on, there was no one better at capturing who Americans were and what America was, be it in politics, at the Kentucky Derby, or in the Hells Angels’ lair. William McKeen became friends with Thompson after writing a monograph on his journalism. McKeen now has interviewed many of Thompson’s associates who wouldn’t speak before, from childhood friends to colleagues to assistants who sat around the Woody Creek, Colorado, kitchen control room late at night when Thompson did most of his work. McKeen gets behind the drinking and drugs to show the man and the writer—one who was happy to be considered an outlaw but took the calling of journalism as his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “William McKeen has wonderfully captured Hunter S. Thompson in Outlaw Journalist...Thompson changed how we think about and practice journalism. McKeen gives us a telling insight into how that happened.”

    Michael Connelly

  • “What a wild and wonderful ride Outlaw Journalist is for anybody interested in the literary legacy of Hunter S. Thompson. William McKeen hits all the right highs and lows in this fine roller coaster of a biography. Simultaneously, McKeen manages to be both scholarly and hip. A truly admirable achievement.”

    Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author

  • “If you’ve ever wondered what was behind the sunglasses, drugs, and it is.”

    Rick Bragg, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is the Great Red Shark of Hunter biographies. McKeen gives us full frontal HST...Read it or die.”

    Greg Palast, New York Times bestselling author

  • “McKeen has delivered rare, superbly researched insight into one of the most fascinating American writers of the last century—a must-read for those who want to peek under the curtain of Hunter’s gonzo mystique and discover what really made this guy tick, like so many of the bombs he set off at his Colorado ranch.”

    Tim Dorsey, New York Times bestselling author

  • Outlaw Journalist is painfully honest—which is good.”

    Ralph Steadman

  • “An accessible look at Thompson’s personal life and his eternal struggles to earn a living and leave a legacy.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Essential.”

    Miami Herald

  • “William McKeen’s Outlaw Journalist does what a good biography should do: it makes you feel as though you knew the person...A colorful take on Thompson’s extraordinary life.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “McKeen gives a clear-eyed, detailed accounting, from Thompson’s rebellious youth to his revolutionary writing career...[He] fires another shot for Thompson with Outlaw Journalist.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “[A] robust, readable, and altogether illuminating biography...superbly rendered...the best on Thompson to date.”

    Tampa Bay Times

  • “The most complete and extensive biography of Thompson ever written.”

    Albuquerque Journal

  • “Paints a vivid, detailed picture of a charismatic and complicated man.”

    Time Out London

  • “A rock-solid, more fully dimensional, empathic, and rollicking portrait. Here is the hectic life, the scorching personality, the audacious acts and improbable triumphs, and, most importantly, a keen assessment of how Thompson revolutionized journalism.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A welcome addition to the Gonzo library.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

William McKeen is the author of such books as Mile Marker Zero, Outlaw Journalist, Highway 61, and Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay. He teaches at Boston University, where he chairs the Department of Journalism.

About the Narrator

Fred Berman has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He is an actor of theater, film, and television whose credits include Broadway’s The Lion King, Law & Order, and Directing Eddie, among others. He was featured in Entertainment Weekly for his work on the Walking Dead audiobook series.