"Hunter S. Thompson is to drug-addled, stream-of-consciousness, psycho-political black humor what Forrest Gump is to idiot savants."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
Since his 1972 trailblazing opus, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, Hunter S. Thompson has reported the election story in his truly inimitable, just-short-of-libel style. In Better than Sex, Thompson hits the dusty trail again--without leaving home--yet manages to deliver a mind-bending view of the 1992 presidential campaign--in all of its horror, sacrifice, lust, and dubious glory. Complete with faxes sent to and received by candidate Clinton's top aides, and 100 percent pure gonzo screeds on Richard Nixon, George Bush, and Oliver North, here is the most true-blue campaign tell-all ever penned by man or beast.
"[Thompson] delivers yet another of his trademark cocktail mixes of unbelievable tales and dark observations about the sausage grind that is the U.S. presidential sweepstakes. Packed with egocentric anecdotes, musings and reprints of memos, faxes and scrawled handwritten notes (Memorable."
--Los Angeles Daily News
"What endears Hunter Thompson to anyone who reads him is that he will say what others are afraid to (.[He] is a master at the unlikely but invariably telling line that sums up a political figure (.In a year when all politics is--to much of the public--a tendentious and pompous bore, it is time to read Hunter Thompson."
"While Tom Wolfe mastered the technique of being a fly on the wall, Thompson mastered the art of being a fly in the ointment. He made himself a part of every story, made no apologies for it and thus produced far more honest reporting than any crusading member of the Fourth Estate (. Thompson isn't afraid to take the hard medicine, nor is he bashful about dishing it out (.He is still king of beasts, and his apocalyptic prophecies seldom miss their target."
"This is a very, very funny book. No one can ever match Thompson in the vitriol department, and virtually nobody escapes his wrath."
--The Flint Journal
About the Author
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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JOHN F. KENNEDY, who seized the White House from Richard Nixon in a frenzied campaign that turned a whole generation of young Americans into political junkies, got shot in the head for his efforts, murdered in Dallas by some hapless geek named Oswald who worked for either Castro, the mob, Jimmy Hoffa, the CIA, his dominatrix landlady or the odious, degenerate FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. The list is long and crazy—maybe Marilyn Monroe’s first husband fired those shots from the Grassy Knoll. Who knows? A whole generation of American journalists is still embarrassed by their failure to answer that question.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Whats better than sex then Hunter? UM POLITICS.No it isn't politics is boring.OH YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT Did you just think up a good title and not a good book?WELL I SUPPOSE BUT ITS NOT LIKE I CAN GO ON AND ON TALKING ABOUT DRUGS ALL THE TIME, I AM A PROPER JOURNALIST YOU KNOW, AND THERE ARE SOME FUNNY BITS IN THERE, TOO.Yeah I liked the Bill Clinton bit.YEAH I THOUGHT I WAS WEIRD.