Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

by Hunter S. Thompson


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From the legendary journalist and creator of “Gonzo” journalism, Hunter S. Thompson comes the bestselling critical look at Nixon and McGovern’s 1972 presidential election.

Forty years after its original publication, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 remains a cornerstone of American political journalism and one of the bestselling campaign books of all time. Hunter S. Thompson’s searing account of the battle for the 1972 presidency—from the Democratic primaries to the eventual showdown between George McGovern and Richard Nixon—is infused with the characteristic wit, intensity, and emotional engagement that made Thompson “the flamboyant apostle and avatar of gonzo journalism” (The New York Times). Hilarious, terrifying, insightful, and compulsively readable, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 is an epic political adventure that captures the feel of the American democratic process better than any other book ever written.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451691573
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 481
Sales rank: 78,102
Product dimensions: 5.64(w) x 8.24(h) x 1.25(d)

About 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.

Date of Birth:

July 18, 1937

Date of Death:

February 20, 2005

Place of Birth:

Louisville, Kentucky

Place of Death:

Woody Creek, Colorado


U.S. Air Force, honorably discharged in 1957

Table of Contents

Introduction Matt Taibbi xix

Author's Note 1

December 1971 9

Is This Trip Necessary?

Strategic Retreat into National Politics

Two Minutes & One Gram Before Midnight on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Setting Up the National Affairs Desk

Can Georgetown Survive the Black Menace?

Fear and Loathing in Washington

January 25

The Million Pound Shithammer

Pros Scorn the Youth Vote

Fresh Meat for the Boys in the Back Room

"The Death of Hope" & A Withering of Expectation

Another McCarthy Crusade?

John Lindsay?

The Rancid Resurrection of Hubert Humphrey

Violence in the Press Box & Mano a Mano on TWA

Who Is Big Ed & Why Is Everybody Sucking Up to Him?

February 43

Fear & Loathing in New Hampshire

Back on the Campaign Trail in Manchester, Keene & the Booth Fish Hatcheries

Harold Hughes Is Your Friend

Weird Memories of '68: A Private Conversation with Richard


Will Dope Doom the Cowboys?

A First, Massive & Reluctantly Final Judgment on the Reality of George McGovern

Small Hope for the Hammer & No Hope at All for the Press Wizards

March 80

The View from Key Biscayne

Enter the Savage Boohoo; Madness & Violence on the "Sunshine Special"

Lindsay Runs Amok, Muskie Runs Scared

First Flexing of the Big Wallace Muscle; First Signs of Doom for the Democrats

Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here

Except Maybe Ted Kennedy

Later in March 103

The Banshee Screams in Florida

The Emergence of Mankiewicz

Hard Times for the Man from Maine

Redneck Power & Hell on Wheels for George Wallace

Hube Slithers out of Obscurity

Fear and Loathing on the Democratic Left

April 119

Stunning Upset in Wisconsin

McGovern Juggernaut Croaks Muskie

Humphrey Falters; Wallace Rolls On

Big Ed Exposed as Ibogaine Addict

McGovern Accosts the Sheriff

Bad News from Bleak House: Mojo Madness in Milwaukee; or How Nazis Broke My Spirit on Election Night

Mankiewicz Predicts First Ballot Victory in Miami

May 164

Crank Time on the Low Road

Fear and Loathing in Ohio & Nebraska

Humphrey Gets Ugly, McGovern Backs Off

Delirium Tremens at the National Affairs


Acid, Amnesty & Abortion

Massive Irregularities on Election Night in Cleveland; Death Watch in the Situation Room

Wallace Gunned Down in Maryland

Showdown Looms in California

June 200

California: Traditional Politics with a Vengeance

Return of the Vincent Black Shadow

The Juggernaut Roars on; McGovern Troops Ease off as Polls Predict Sweeping Victory

Hubert's Last Stand: Vicious Attacks, Desperate Appeals, Strange Tales of Midnight Money from Vegas

Free Booze & Foul Rumors in the Press Room

Ominous Eleventh-Hour Slump Reveals Fistula in McGovern's Woodpile

Later in June 232

Mass Burial for Political Bosses in New York

McGovern over the Hump

The Death by Beating of a Six-Foot

Blue-Black Serpent

What Next for the Good Ole Boys?

Anatomy of a Fixer

Treachery Looms in Miami

July 247

Fear and Loathing in Miami: Old Bulls Meet the Butcher

A Dreary Saga Direct from the Sunshine State

How George McGovern Ran Wild on the Beach & Stomped Almost Everybody

Flashback to the Famous Lindsay Blueprint & A Strange Epitaph for the Battle of Chicago

More Notes on the Politics of Vengeance, Including Massive Technical Advice from Rick Stearns & the Savage Eye of Ralph Steadman

Dark Interlude 304

August 316

Down & Out in the Fontainebleau

Nixon Sells

Out the Party

Goldwater on the Comeback Trail; Agnew in ?76

Mankiewicz Amok; Midnight

Violence at The Wayfarer

The Origins of Eagleton; Death Rattle for the New Politics

Can a Bull Elk in the Rut Pass through the Eye of a Camel?

A Vicious Attack on the Demonstrators: "These People Should Go Back Where They Belong"

September 370

Fat City Blues

Fear and Loathing on the White House Press Plane

Bad Angst at McGovern Headquarters

Nixon Tightens the Screws

"Many Appeared to Be in the Terminal Stages of Campaign Bloat"

October 390

Ask Not for Whom the Bell Tolls

November 394

At the Midnight Hour

Stoned on the Zoo Plane; Stomped in Sioux Falls

A Rambling, Manic/Depressive Screed in Triple-Focus on the Last Day of the Doomed McGovern Campaign

Then Back to America's Heartland for a Savage Beating

Fear and Loathing at the Holiday Inn

Be Angry at the Sun 434

December 435

Purging the McGovernites

Shoot-Out in the Dung-Heap Corral

Where Do We Go From Here: What Next for the "New Politics"?

A Crude Autopsy & Quarrelsome Analysis on Why McGovern Got Stomped


Four More Years

Nixon Uber Alles

Fear and Loathing at the Super Bowl

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