Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
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... show more
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.
Publish date: June 26th 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
, American History
Hunter S. Thompson’s Gonzo take on the 1972 presidential election was such an obvious choice for this year I thought I’d have to start bribing some young journalism majors who snagged it for class back in September months before we really thought the chaos would endure past Iowa and New Hampshire. I...
Woah. The politics are more or less incomprehensible to me, but ocassionally things float up. It's hard to tell how much of Hunter's writing is something of a very good stylistic schtick and how much is the guy losing his mind. The writing is often great, and his loathing of Nixon so eloquent that I...
My second favorite novel of Thompson's after Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Campaign Trail '72 is the epitome of the gonzo journalism experience. The author has just the right amount of straight journalism and personal experience which of course includes some of his own outrageous reactions and opi...
I enjoyed this book, but because I didn't know a lot about this period in American politics, quite a bit went past me. If you detest Richard Nixon, you'll probably enjoy at least some of this book. There's more traditional journalism (ie names & dates & actual events) in this book than any of HST'...
The persona of Hunter S. Thompson as some drug addled comedian trying to describe various elements of society was, I think, carefully crafted by the man himself. The point, to me, of his writings is that his allegedly inebriated comments make a whole lot more sense than other main stream sources. H...