Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie

Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie

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by Hunter S. Thompson
     
 

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"Bill Clinton would have played the Jew's harp stark naked on 60 Minutes if he thought it would help him get elected. He is the Willy Loman of Generation X, a traveling salesman from Arkansas who has the loyalty of a lizard with its tail broken off and the midnight taste of a man who'd double-date with the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart." So writes famed political analyst Hunter…  See more details below

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"Bill Clinton would have played the Jew's harp stark naked on 60 Minutes if he thought it would help him get elected. He is the Willy Loman of Generation X, a traveling salesman from Arkansas who has the loyalty of a lizard with its tail broken off and the midnight taste of a man who'd double-date with the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart." So writes famed political analyst Hunter S. Thompson in Better Than Sex, his groundbreaking, breathtaking, and escapading saga of what happens to campaign junkies behind the scenes of a victorious presidential campaign - their orgies, their despair, and finally their terror when they abandon all hope as the forces of darkness close in and make them prisoners in their own White House, where they cry out like doomed animals. As he did in such classics as Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, Hell's Angels, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Dr. Thompson has again wandered into the savage vortex of political power, and emerged, barely, with this bizarre tale of life within the Belly of the Great American Beast. Better Than Sex drags you into Mr. Bill's Neighborhood, a world full of fear that stretches from Pennsylvania Avenue to Hollywood to the squalid hills of the Ozarks, where power-crazed monsters like James Carville, Oliver North, and George Stephanopoulos seize control of a nation and wallow unashamed in a Palace of Power where the only governing ethic is raw lust. It is an ugly and disillusioning spectacle, one that only the merciful death of Richard M. Nixon - explored here in all its glorious symbolism - could defuse. Read it and weep, Bubba. We live in an ugly time and Thompson's cruel struggle with his political addiction is a matter of public record.

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ISBN-13:
9780552996389
Publisher:
Transworld Publishers Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Series:
Gonzo Papers Series, #4
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

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Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
Best said in the opening page, “when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro,” in Better than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie by Hunter S. Thompson delves into the most perverse scene of all politics. The book is like a collection of random thoughts, journals, and scrap book materials. The subject revolves around politics but in Gonzo journalism style Hunter does not limit his continuous stream of consciousness. Thompson shares his unsavory view of the comeback kid, Bill Clinton but does include correspondence from the Prez. He developed some interesting relationships including George Stephanopoulos and the raging cajun’ James Carville. He ends in chapter 666, an appropriate tribute to his muse and nemesis Richard Nixon. Better than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie by Hunter S. Thompson is another stab of understanding politics through Dr.Gonzo himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At certain points in the book I felt as if I was reading some of his earlier writing from the 60s and 70s. His witty and twisted remarks made me laugh out loud on many occasions, not to mention the light he shed on certain obvious yet unnoticeable issues until just the right comments articulated them. Sadly, this was not common throughout majority of the book. Many times the topics and letters that were covered really shed no insight into anything and didn't lead anywhere. And through most of the text, that niche that made him so entertaining and interesting just wasn't there. I would recommend this book to only his bigger fans, but if you were looking for some of his truly best stuff the earliest works are probably probably what you are looking for.
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