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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...

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Overview

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.

Dr. Hunter Thompson, the brilliantly notorious father of "Gonzo" journalism and iconoclastic author of such counterculture classics as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, launches this landmark collection of his most unforgettable reportage. Available for the first time in a trade paperback edition, it is the perfect companion to Generation of Swine, the second volume of Gonzo Papers.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743250450
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 11/4/2003
  • Series: Gonzo Papers Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 132,938
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hunter S. Thompson

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.

Biography

Hunter S. Thompson has always had taste for starting trouble. As an ornery Kentucky kid, he was the undisputed leader of the pack, getting himself and his willing followers into trouble. Not much has changed -- Thompson still has throngs of supporters and fans and is now an icon of outspoken, unapologetic social commentary.

Thompson realized in high school that he didn't fit in with society at large. Seeking direction, he joined the Air Force after graduation, determined to be a pilot. While on the long waiting list for pilot training, Thompson was offered a position as an editor and sportswriter for Elgin Air Force Base's The Command Courier. He jumped at the chance, quickly excelled as a journalist, and even began moonlighting at a local paper. Despite his numerous offenses against military protocol, he was given an honorable discharge in 1957.

Thompson knew that writing was going to be a fixture in his life. He was an avid letter writer, often mixing fact and fantasy. After allegedly stealing a box of carbon paper when he left the Air Force, he began keeping copies every letter he sent. Eventually, his letters would be published in The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-1967 (The Fear and Loathing Letters), three books of love letters, correspondence with his family, and scathing complaint letters to companies Thompson deemed bad for society. The collection is considered a must-read for the glimpse it gives of how desperately Thompson wanted to be a writer.

After the Air Force, Thompson bounced through newspaper jobs, barely making ends meet and working on his first novel, the still unpublished Prince Jellyfish. In 1960 Thompson moved to Puerto Rico. It was less than ideal -- paychecks bounced regularly -- but his time in the Caribbean yielded The Rum Diary. Thompson tried to sell the novel to Random House in the 1960s, but they declined (it was eventually published in 1998).

Thompson's first novel, Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga, came out in 1966, catapulting him to fame and intriguing readers with his fast-paced writing and mischievous, wicked sense of humor. With the success of Hell's Angels, Random House finally purchased The Rum Diary. However, as legend has it, Hunter felt that it needed more work, so he convinced a Random House secretary to steal his manuscript back for him.

By the time Thompson released Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream in 1971, he had perfected his signature style, Gonzo Journalism: wild and erratic, capturing events as they happen, stripped of motive yet decidedly fictionalized. Thompson isn't a passive observer but is instead another one of his freaked-out characters. In the voice of Thompson's alter ego, Raoul Duke, he and his attorney, Oscar Acosta (Dr. Gonzo), go on a destructive drug binge while traveling to Las Vegas to report on a motorcycle race and crash a district attorneys' convention. Thompson found an artistic counterpart in illustrator Ralph Steadman, who designed this cover and others. It's classic Thompson and in 1998 was made into a movie staring Johnny Depp.

A self-proclaimed political junkie, Thompson gave his readers a glaring testimony of the truth and lies found while following the 1972 presidential race in Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. In fact, one of Thompson's grand, recurring themes is the myth of the American Dream. The four-volume Gonzo Papers consists of articles, essays, and fiction. They are a massive attempt to expose the failure of the American Dream and show where hope is still possible. The four volumes, in order, are The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (1979), Generation of Swine:Tales of Decadence and Degradation in the Eighties (1988), Songs of the Doomed: More Notes on the Death of the American Dream (1990) and Better than Sex: Trapped like a Rat in Mr. Bill's Neighborhood (1994).

In 1980, Running magazine sent Thompson to Hawaii to cover the Honolulu Marathon. Friend and illustrator Ralph Steadman joined Thompson for the trip, and the result was The Curse of Lono, a fully illustrated, colorful, and strange mix of fiction and travelogue. Another oddity in Thompson's collection of works is his notorious 1991 release, Screwjack, a limited-print novella containing three short stories, ostensibly written by alter ego Raoul Duke.

In Thompson's 2003 release, Kingdom of Fear, he seems to have broken the rules one more time and written his own biography. The book tracks the life of a rebel -- the formative experiences of a wisecracking southern boy questioning authority and the unorthodox journalist who came to personify genre-bending, mind-bending outlaw stories.

Thompson's final book, Hey Rube (2004) brings him full circle; it's a sample of his columns from his stint as a sportswriter for ESPN.com. Thompson doles out searing indictments and uproarious rants while providing brilliant commentary on politics, sex, and sports -- at times all in the same column. Proving once again that he's on top of his game, his keen eye for corruption is as sharp and unforgiving as ever.

Fans and friends were shocked and saddened to learn of Thompson's death in February, 2005. While his narratives are often weird and ugly, he will always be respected and hailed as a professional risk taker, legendary agitator, and literary genius.

Good To Know

True to form, Hunter S. Thompson missed his high school graduation because he was in jail at the time, serving a six-week sentence for robbery.

Thompson once ran for sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, under his own Freak Party, whose platform included changing the city's name to Fat City in hopes of scaring off corporate investors.

Thompson was the original inspiration for Uncle Duke, a larger-than-life controlled substances buff created by Doonesbury cartoonist Gary Trudeau.

Mötley Crüe named their Generation Swine album after Volume Two of Thompson's Gonzo Papers. The book dealt with the debauchery and decadence of the era, and they found it perfect for their sleazy, irreverent brand of rock 'n' roll.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Hunter Stockton Thompson (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 18, 1937
    2. Place of Birth:
      Louisville, Kentucky
    1. Date of Death:
      February 20, 2005
    2. Place of Death:
      Woody Creek, Colorado

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    The Great Shark Hunt

    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.

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    Gonzo Love

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2005

    Hunter comes out on top--film at eleven . . .

    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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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    Beyond the Drug Frenzie

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    Good stuff!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2004

    BRILLANT TALES FROM A BRILLANT MAN!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2002

    No holds barred political debauchery.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2002

    I never read it.

    Four stars.

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