The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

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by Hunter S. Thompson
     
 

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The first volume in Hunter S. Thompson’s bestselling Gonzo Papers offers brilliant commentary and outrageous humor, in his signature style.

Originally published in 1979, the first volume of the bestselling “Gonzo Papers” is now back in print. The Great Shark Hunt is Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s largest and, arguably, most

Overview

The first volume in Hunter S. Thompson’s bestselling Gonzo Papers offers brilliant commentary and outrageous humor, in his signature style.

Originally published in 1979, the first volume of the bestselling “Gonzo Papers” is now back in print. The Great Shark Hunt is Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s largest and, arguably, most important work, covering Nixon to napalm, Las Vegas to Watergate, Carter to cocaine. These essays offer brilliant commentary and outrageous humor, in signature Thompson style.

Ranging in date from the National Observer days to the era of Rolling Stone, The Great Shark Hunt offers myriad, highly charged entries, including the first Hunter S. Thompson piece to be dubbed “gonzo”—“The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,” which appeared in Scanlan's Monthly in 1970. From this essay a new journalistic movement sprang which would change the shape of American letters. Thompson's razor-sharp insight and crystal clarity capture the crazy, hypocritical, degenerate, and redeeming aspects of the explosive and colorful ‘60s and ‘70s.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The Washington Post He amuses; he frightens; he flirts with doom. His achievement is substantial.
John Leonard
… there are some sections of The Great Shark Hunt, reprinted from such unlikely periodicals as The Reporter, The National Observer and The New York Times magazine, that are surprisingly straight, ungeeky and often quite moving. We are reminded that Dr. Thompson, who considers himself an outlaw, was from the beginning attracted to those who were outside the protection of the law or who were oppressed by that law … He is also, as if this needs to be said, hilarious
— The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743250450
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
11/04/2003
Series:
Gonzo Papers Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
172,177
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)

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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Great Shark Hunt 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Great Shark Hunt is one of the best books I have ever read. Thompson¿s writing style and political beliefs just makes you never let go. He's so unpredictable; you'll be very impressed as you start to enjoy the way he writes. The metaphors and phrases that he uses make him so much more unique then any other writer. This book is very straight forward but keeps you hooked. When he describes our former presidents, it really makes you think about a lot of things. He makes you wish that you could be different, and have a different attitude towards everything. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys foul language and funny stories about one of the craziest men in the United States. His stories are just outrageous and unbelievable, but it's all true. This book has inspired me to just take life by the horns and never look back. So whenever your in a book store look around and check out this book, you may like it or you may not, but it wouldn't hurt to spice things up a bit and take a crazy trip into Hunter S. Thompson¿s head. I sure enjoyed the trip, you should too.
Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
In the inaugural issue of the great writings of Gonzon himself, Gonzo Papers, Vol 1 The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time by American’s Quintessential Outlaw Journalist by Hunter S. Thompson. This book transverses his writings from the classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to his days covering the fights of Ali and political campaigns. The writings are accompanied by commentary by Thompson, this is a great resource of anyone who is interested in understanding Gonzo writing at its best. This initial volume is much more structured the volumes that come afterwards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Merely the latest in the long line of exceptionally talented goons who, because they are totally incompatiable with society and thus have been kicked out, are the only ones truly capable of writing about our society. Lucretius, Juvenal, Chaucer, Swift... the list is endless. The Great Shark Hunt is possibly the finest compendium of satire by a modern author, because, let's face it, proper Gonzo literature is fiction, and apparently that is the best way to tell the truth. Furthermore, it is journalism of the highest quality, that seems to relate an eyewitness account in the most hair-raising manner, and whose level of grammatical perfection is matched by few. That Thompson has gone over the top in attempting to outrage as many people as possible, is undeniable, but this collection reflects a time when such behaviour was outrageous maybe now we are indifferent, but The Great Shark Hunt should still be an inspiraton to us all. If you enjoyed ¿Katzenjammer: Soon to be a major motion picture¿ or the novel ¿Get Shorty,¿ then Thompson will be right up your alley. Great stuff. Finally, someone who ¿understands.¿
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She walks out.
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Arctic-Stranger More than 1 year ago
After reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, my first question was, "How to you get a sweet job like that?" The Great Shark Hunt answered that question; you write great articles. This is a montage of Thompson (mostly) pre-fear and loathing writing, and in it you can see he has chops. His essay on the L.A. Riots is a classic. One forgets Thompson was a sports writer, and as it turns out, a damn good one.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that this was a very enjoyable read. I began reading this book without really knowing what it was. I'm not acutally the greatest fan of journalism, but Thompson is an amazing journalist. I've read a few of his other books icluding Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Rum diaries so I knew he was an amazing author. I don't think I've ever read journalistic work and got as interested as I did with this composition. I would definatly recommend this to any fan of Thompsons, or just a lover of journalism in general. He was never afraid to cover the story that noone else wanted to. Not only did he cover those stories, but he covered them well and added his Thompsonesq flair. I also enjoyed parts in this composition that gave further information on his previous works, and the stories that he derived his stories from
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK BEATS FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS HANDS DOWN. HUNTER HAS GOT THE MOST INTERESTING OUTLOOK ON THINGS AND HIS WRITING IS OUT OF THIS WORLD. EVERYTHING HE HAS PUT OUT IS WORTH READING.THE GUTS ON THIS GUY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For any looking for a clear, personal account of politics in the late sixties and seventies, along with a good bit of wholesome acid-laden fun, all they need to do is grab this book, grab a seat, cancel and obligations for the next week or so, and start reading.