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									Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
To summarize Hunter S. Thompson’s career is nearly impossible. His writing covered sports, politics, personal letters, social commentary, and Gonzo Journalism -- his own brand of hyper-subjective observation of nearly everything that crosses his path. A welcomed troublemaker, the name Hunter S. Thompson conjures the image of a man bearing firearms and whiskey, daring his readers to question their realities.

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Hunter S. Thompson
Also Known As:
Hunter Stockton Thompson (full name)
Date of Birth:
July 18, 1937
Place of Birth:
Louisville, Kentucky
Date of Death:
February 20, 2005
Place of Death:
Aspen, Colorado area
U.S. Air Force, honorably discharged in 1957

Thompson's Long, Strange Trip

Selected Works

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								Kingdom of Fear, Author: 
								Hunter S. Thompson.

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Kingdom of Fear
by Hunter S. Thompson
Thompson breaks the rules once with his own biography, a wild ride that takes readers from the early experiences of a rebellious southern boy to the trips of a renegade journalist who changed the genre forever.

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								Songs of the Doomed: More Notes on the Death of the American Dream, Author: 
								Hunter S. Thompson.
*  Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (1966)
*  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971)
*  Screwjack and Other Stories (1991)
*  The Rum Diary (1998)
*  Fear and Loathing in America (2000)
*  Kingdom of Fear (2003)
*  Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness - Modern History from the Sports Desk (2005)

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Typical Thompson

In an interview with Salon in 2003, Thompson reflected on his luck in life: "By any widely accepted standard, I have had more than nine lives. I counted them up once and there were 13 times that I almost and maybe should have died -- from emergencies with fires to violence, drowning, bombs. I guess I am an action junkie, yeah. There may be some genetic imperative that caused me to get into certain situations. It's curiosity, I guess. As long as I'm learning something I figure I'm OK -- it's a decent day."

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Classic Thompson

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								Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga, Author: 
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Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
by Hunter S. Thompson
Thompson’s breakout nonfiction novel, Hell’s Angels, earned widespread acclaim when it was released in 1966. He spent a year undercover with the legendary bikers, detailing their violent, drug-addled road trips through scenic northern California towns like Big Sur and Monterey. Eventually, Thompson and the Angels had a falling-out, and they beat the stuffing out of him -- a scene also detailed in the book.

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								Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Author: 
								Hunter S. Thompson.

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
by Hunter S. Thompson
By the time Thompson released this cult classic, he had perfected his signature style, Gonzo Journalism: wild and erratic, capturing events as they happen, stripped of motive yet decidedly fictionalized. The book was made into a movie starring Thompson fan Johnny Depp in 1998.

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