Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

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From the legendary journalist and creator of "Gonzo" journalism Hunter S. Thompson comes the bestselling critical look at Nixon and McGovern's 1972 presidential election.

Forty years after its original publication, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 remains a cornerstone of American political journalism and one of the bestselling campaign books of all time. Hunter S. Thompson's searing account of the battle for the 1972 presidency--from the Democratic primaries to the eventual showdown between George McGovern and Richard Nixon--is infused with the characteristic wit, intensity, and emotional engagement that made Thompson "the flamboyant apostle and avatar of gonzo journalism" ( The New York Times ). Hilarious, terrifying, insightful, and compulsively readable, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 is an epic political adventure that captures the feel of the American democratic process better than any other book ever written.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2012.
Edition: 40th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9781451691573
Branch Call Number: 324. 97300924 THO 2012
Characteristics: xxvi, 481 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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May 10, 2019

Hunter S. Thompson's account of the 1972 US Presidential Election beginning with the Democratic Nomination race and ending one month after election day.

Thompson pulled no punches and was candid in his writing of Hubert Humphrey being an establishment sell out, Richard Nixon representing the dark side of the American character the rest of the world learned to fear and loathe (choice of words very much intentional), and of how the Eagleton Affair negatively affected the McGovern campaign. Thompson told it how it was and didn't care if you took exception with his language or thoughts.

My only complaint was that the sections which were made up tape recorded transcriptions can be hard to read. Especially the one where Thompson is discussing the delegate votes during the Democratic National Convention, but that's more because the process itself is confusing as all Hell.

Dec 15, 2015

Along with "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," this is probably his best, most sustained, & influential work. A wild, messy, impressionistic account of the 1972 campaign, this is far from objective journalism, but it captures a certain noxious, bloody, bitter political atmosphere that is still with us. What's often forgotten is how insightful and lucid Thompson's writing could be, although readers looking for flashes of druggy madness & alcohol fueled rage won't be disappointed. Featuring illustrations by Ralph Steadman. Also check out the documentary "Gonzo."

Nov 04, 2014

The library tries to order more copies of books that have no more copies and still have holds. Looks like 5 more copies were ordered of this title.

The library buys both eBook and print copies of many titles. Despite the rapid relative growth of eBook usage the print book collection is still a much larger collection of titles, both new and old.

Aug 29, 2014

how do i have a hold on a fucking book and be number 1 in the line, Oh yeah the book was stolen and the number one library in north america has yet to replace it after I showed some of the staff at the library the book was stolen, PLEASE FUCKING REPLACE THE FUCKING BOOK, i would like to read it. ps i do not have a electronic reading device so please get a hard copy

May 03, 2014

A fantastic book with piercing insights into the American political system

May 13, 2012

I will return this soon, I swear - it's a dense read, but worth it for any student of politics or journalism. The man was a genius - an insane, disjointed, wordy bastard - but a genius nonetheless.

Mar 27, 2011

Not my favorite Hunter S. Thompson book But worth a read if you like his psycho babble.

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