Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s

Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s

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by Hunter S. Thompson
     
 

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A running tally of the folly of the 80's, the decade known for men of "huge brains, small necks, weak muscles and fat wallets.." - NYT Book Review  See more details below

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A running tally of the folly of the 80's, the decade known for men of "huge brains, small necks, weak muscles and fat wallets.." - NYT Book Review

Editorial Reviews

Herbert Mitgang
Mr. Thompson calls the present generation a ''Generation of Swine.'' With that phrase as his title and premise, he takes no prisoners. A reader can go through the 300-plus pages of the book and look in vain for qualifying journalistic words. Mr. Thompson doesn't write measured prose. It's - well, gonzo.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Thompson may be correct in assuming that the greed and immorality pervading the American social landscape are obscene, but his surreal, half-demented style has hardened into a pose. These columns from the San Francisco Examiner prove only that journalism can become dated quickly. The author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas calls Colonel Khadafy smarter than Ronald Reagan and takes potshots at television news, Gary Hart, Ed Meese, evangelists, Michael Dukakis, Pat Robertson and the Iran-contra hearings. He predicts that the Democrats will self-destruct in the 1988 presidential campaign. People he dislikes are described as ``money-sucking animals,'' ``brainless freaks,'' ``geeks,'' ``greed-crazed lunatics'' and so on. Thompson's flaccid diatribes seem designed to instill a sense of smug superiority in the reader. (June)
Library Journal
Thompson's outrageous reporting style, called ``Gonzo journalism,'' was the rage in the early 1970s. The protest generation cleaved to his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ( LJ 8/72) and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ' 72 ( LJ 6/1/73), both genuinely funny and often perceptive social and political commentaries. This new effort, a collection of 100 short pieces originally published as a column in the San Francisco Examiner over the past two years, tries to recapture the old ebullience, but much of it falls flat. Still, Thompson's fansthere are manywill savor his wild words on Ted Kennedy, Gary Hart, Al Haig, Ollie North, George Bush, TV preachers, et al. Kenneth F. Kister, Pinellas Park P.L., Fla.
From the Publisher
The New York Times Book Review His writing, ever feisty, proves again...that he is one of our most incisive, insightful, and hilarious social critics.

The Detroit News Thompson's style is still as sharp as it was when he pistol-whipped America into seeing the logic of his doomed, drug-induced vision in Hell's Angels and later in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Houston Chronicle At his best he has the kind of trenchant, mordant wit of H. L. Mencken and Mark Twain.

William F. Buckley, Jr. Indisputably a hugely important sociological phenomenon.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517075043
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1991
Series:
Gonzo Papers Series, #2

Meet the Author

Hunter S. Thompson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His books include Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, The Rum Diary, and Better than Sex. He died in February 2005.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 18, 1937
Date of Death:
February 20, 2005
Place of Birth:
Louisville, Kentucky
Place of Death:
Woody Creek, Colorado
Education:
U.S. Air Force, honorably discharged in 1957

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