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.
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Best Political Book Ever
It would be truly silly to "review" this book because it is already widely accepted as the best chronicle of a presidential campaign ever written. Nothing before or since has captured life on the road with a presidential campaign like this book. With its first ever electronic release, I would be surprised if every iPad on the Romney and Obama press planes is not aglow with this drug fueled journey to the heart of the American dream.
For political junkies of all stripes, this book is required reading.
Life on the presidential campaign bus is strange enough as it is; but life on the trail can only be truly appreciated when viewed through the weird chemically tinted lens of Dr. Thompson.
If you have never read this book, buy it now. If you have read this book, read it again. After all, if you have not read this book, you have no basis to voice a political opinion in this country.