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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,663 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ralph Steadman Narrator: James Adams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In early 1970, artist Ralph Steadman went to America in search of work and found more than he bargained for. At the Kentucky Derby he met a former Hell’s Angel, one Hunter S. Thompson. Thompson wrote later that “The rest of that day blurs into madness. The rest of that night, too. Steadman was lucky to get out of Louisville without serious injuries, and I was lucky to get out at all.” Thus began a thirty-year working relationship and friendship that gave birth to what became known as Gonzo Journalism.

Few people knew Hunter S. Thompson as well as Ralph Steadman did. This no-holds-barred memoir tells of their unique collaboration that documented the turbulent years of the civil-rights movement, the Nixon years, and Watergate. When Thompson committed suicide in 2005, it was the end of a friendship that was defined by both betrayal and understanding.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is fairly amazing that these two could get away with having so much fun, on expense accounts no less, in the name of journalism.”

    New York Post

  • “Records…the wildly erratic tempo of their bruising friendship…A fair and poignant assessment of the chaotic genius and messy legacy of Hunter S. Thompson.”

    Independent (London)

  • “There can be no question that Hunter S. Thompson’s pivotal works would not be the same without the accompanying artwork of his partner Ralph Steadman…[Steadman] recalls it all eloquently.”

    Buffalo News

  • “Bizarre and compelling.”

    Miami New Times

  • “A pleasant surprise.”

    Tampa Tribune

  • “Steadman genuinely admires his friend’s writing but examines his character with clear-eyed honesty and corrects the record as he sees fit…Funny and—unlike his subject—dry.”


  • “A must read.”


  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • On New York Post’s “Required Reading” List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adam Sampson | 2/15/2014

    " Eloquent, insightful, brutally honest account of his relationship with Hunter S. Thompson. However, he abruptly darts into tangents without bringing them back to the main point. It doesn't bother me, as it's consistent with the Gonzo style, but I can think of a few people that would be driven nuts by this. I'm enjoying the book it because it gives a lot of background, and helps me to more fully understand the motives and designs behind their collaborative work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mollymillions | 2/10/2014

    " Not a bad book, but I just couldn't finish it. Ralph Steadman is a better artist than author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lysergius | 2/9/2014

    " Steadman's drawings are an essential part of the Gonzo experience. He coped well with Raoul Duke's brand of vicious craziness and it is fitting that he should write about his old partner in crime in such an emotional way. A good read if you liked HST! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tomjo | 1/23/2014

    " It's amazing to finally get insight into the "other side" after reading Hunter's take on everything for so long. And to get some perspective on what Hunter was like as a friend and compatriot. "The Horror! The Horror!" Pretty interesting, Ralph. Who knew what you'd been bottling up all these years. Cheers. "

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About the Author
Author Ralph Steadman

Ralph Steadman has illustrated many books, including Hunter S. Thompson’s legendary Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the fiftieth-anniversary edition of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. He is the author of four other books. He lives in England.