Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

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Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

Format:  Paperback,

384 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Nov 2003

ISBN-13: 9780684873244

ISBN-10: 0684873249

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Brilliant, provocative, outrageous, and brazen, Hunter S. Thompson's infamous rule breaking -- in his journalism, in his life, and of the law -- changed the shape of American letters and the face of American icons. "Kingdom of Fear" traces the course of Thompson's life as a rebel -- from a smart-mouthed Kentucky kid flouting all authority to a convention-defying journalist who came to personify a wild fusion of fact, fiction, and mind-altering substances.
Call it the evolution of an outlaw. Here are the formative experiences that comprise Thompson's legendary trajectory alongside the weird and the ugly. Whether detailing his exploits as a foreign correspondent in Rio, his job as night manager of the notorious O'Farrell Theatre in San Francisco, his epic run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Power ticket, or the sensational legal maneuvering that led to his full acquittal in the famous 99 Days trial, Thompson is at the peak of his narrative powers in "Kingdom of Fear." And this boisterous, blistering ride illuminates as never before the professional and ideological risk taking of a literary genius and transgressive icon.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Nov 2003
ISBN-13: 9780684873244
ISBN-10: 0684873249
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.78
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 684873249

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Review by Library Journal (2003-02-01)

What makes a gon zo journalist? Cult writer Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), the subject of adulatory Hollywood fare, offers some insights in this somewhat jumbled, occasionally funny, but more often tedious book of writings, many of them previously published. Thompson's much-imitated writing is fueled by a heavy dose of fear (always capitalized and not only in casino towns) for his safety and sanity, an unshakable addiction to politics, a red-blooded love of America and its best ambitions, drugs and booze, and a magnetic attraction to those living on the edge.

There are some canny observations on the difference between outlaws and lawbreakers, insights into the corruption of politics by politicians' lust for power, and instructive pieces on voter rebellion. But Thompson is so obviously charmed by his status as an icon of the counterculture that his writing becomes lazy. He has found his gon zo groove, but it traps his exigent political and social irreverence in a humdrum style, replete with hot cars, guns, girls, and expensive liquor but without packing the heat of earlier work. Recommended for large public libraries only.

-Ulrich Baer, NYU

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Brilliant, provocative, outrageous, and brazen, Hunter S. Thompson's infamous rule breaking -- in his journalism, in his life, and under the law -- changed the shape of American letters, and the face of American icons. Kingdom of Fear traces the course of Thompson's life as a rebel -- from a smart-mouthed Kentucky kid flaunting all authority to a convention-defying journalist who came to personify a wild fusion of fact, fiction, and mind-altering substances.

Call it the evolution of an outlaw. Here are the formative experiences that comprise Thompson's legendary trajectory alongside the weird and the ugly. Whether detailing his exploits as a foreign correspondent in Rio, his job as night manager of the notorious O'Farrell Theatre in San Francisco, his epic run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Power ticket, or the sensational legal maneuvering that led to his full acquittal in the famous 99 Days trial, Thompson is at the peak of his narrative powers in Kingdom of Fear. And this boisterous, blistering ride illuminates as never before the professional and ideological risk taking of a literary genius and transgressive icon.

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