“I feel in the mood to write a long weird story—a tale so strange & terrible that it will change the brain of the normal reader forever.” —Hunter S. Thompson
Hunter S. Thompson was so outside the box, a new word was invented just to define him: Gonzo. He was a journalist who mocked all the rules, a hell-bent fellow who loved to stomp on his own accelerator, the writer every other writer tried to imitate. In these brutally candid and very funny interviews that range across his fabled career, Thompson reveals himself as mad for politics, which he thought was both the source of the country’s despair and, just maybe, the answer to it. At a moment when politics is once again roiling America, we need Thompson’s guts and wild wisdom more than ever.
“There are only two adjectives writers care about . . . ‘brilliant’ and ‘outrageous.’ Hunter Thompson has a freehold on both of them.” —Tom Wolfe
“Without question, one of the most important writers of the 20th century.” —Johnny Depp
“There was an undercurrent of madness to his work . . . His power was his disenchantment by just about everything in front of him.” —Gay Talese
“The true voice of Thompson is revealed to be that of American moralist . . . one who often makes himself ugly to expose the ugliness he sees around him.” —Hari Kunzru