Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

by Hunter S. Thompson


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ISBN-13: 9781451691573
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 481
Sales rank: 72,390
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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rodamu More than 1 year ago
I read this book in light of the current presidential campaign and found it relevant, insightful, funny and outrageous. Thompson was unique, fortunately, and while he could not be objective, he still presented the facts as he uncovered them. Some things have changed (for example, the national party conventions are now unimportant) and others have not (such as the need for skillful use of TV and on-the-ground volunteers).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book very thoroughly. George McGovern was the biggest idiot to ever grace American Politics. I never could understand for the life of me why Nixon was as crooked as he was. This shows the glory of the 1972 Campaign and the highs and lows of it
Guest More than 1 year ago
For anyone who is trying to catch a glimpse of the madness that was the early 1970's, read this book, everyone was in the Wasteland of what the 1960's had wrought and this book takes you to that very place where people from both sides were getting over the burn. This long & large book chronicles the events leading up to the re-election of the corrupt Nixon administration that rightly got swallowed up by its own greed & backdoor dealings, there is a stage where HST actually gets an interview w/ Tricky Dicky & they watch the football game together since it is a common interest/passion, & there weren't any others, HST throws himself into another stage as he gets in another drug haze & that chapter gets written by the editor, that¿s almost as surprising as when you get reminded several times the revelation of Muskie's Ibogaine addiction remains priceless. For someone who doesn't read political historical books like HST's writing style makes it more than interesting enough, he could probably write about paint drying & make it a genuine literary masterpiece. I most of the publications of this book included cover art by the one and only Ralph Steadmann & occasional illustrations and pictures inside too good stuff. Beyond that, HST was at the top of his form, weaving a maniacal tapestry of tales of debauchery, inside dope on what drives a campaign, and hard-nosed, clear-eyed evaluations of the losers who stormed the countryside looking for our votes. You can't read this book and ever think about Hubert Horatio Humphrey or Ed 'Ibogaine' Muskie or Tricky Dick the same way. And when your read the pale, evenhanded 'journalism' that recounts recent campaigns, you will long for HST back when he was in his prime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting historically. Reread it about thirty-five years after originally reading it as a young university student. There are also many ineresting parallels with the 2016 campaign.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book period. Hunter S Thompson is the greatest writer ever because he tells it like it is bubba. This book (like all of Hunter's books) is both funny and insightful. I think this is Gonzo's best work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doesn't matter how long after 1972 you were born (or how long before), this is one of the best books about the Primaries, the campaigns and the political process. It lags toward the end when it becomes obvious that McGovern doesn't have a chance of beating Nixon, but that doesn't detract from it in the slightest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great insights into the wicked, perverted realm of America's first and last true Blood Sport: Politics! The author charges about his chosen arena with no less gusto than Tarzan zigzagging about the jungle, exploding from vine to vine - seemingly without calculation, yet, no denying it, adroit precision...readable and not in the least bit dated, although it should be since its primary concern the minutia of the 1972 presidential election. Eerily, perhaps, more relevant today. Look for the Florida swimming pool episode.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Fear and Loathing On The Campaign Trail '72, Hunter S Thompson showed the world (and much to the chagrin of his publishers/editors) that he was the clearest and most concise voice of the Left. Following a presidential campaign from start to finish is more than just a daunting task or an exhausting dive into human foolishness, it is an art form and HST proves that his pallette is full of cynicism, wit, humor, fear and honesty. From primary to presidential election, HST gets down to the bare bones and marrow of each individual candidate with even an iota of hope to win the election that year, even if they were up against one of the most heinous and vile men of our time, Richard Milhous Nixon. Obviously Democratic and purely Left, this book is not for the faint of heart or the detail-challenged. Filled with insight and wisdom, often dotted with fantastic scenarios from Thompson's warped and beautiful imagination, F&L On The Campaign Trail '72 not only solidified HST's place in American Political Journalism, it shows that you don't have to be a genius to be involved in politics...you just need a cut-throat approach and a 'take-no-prisoners' attitude that so few in this world truly have. HST? He's chock full of it...with more to come
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thompson describes the degredation of the national political system and still puts a smile on your face. Its impossible to put this book down, the Gonzo journalism treatment is the best way to cover any story, and Hunter is on top of his game. For politics junkies and other interested parties.
hugh_ashton on LibraryThing 5 months ago
So much of HST's comments on politics in 1972 still hold good nearly 40 years later. Have things changed since then? Yes, of course they have. The Internet has enabled the spread of political memes much faster than was possible then. Public image is even more important now than then, with 24-hour TV, faster news cycles, and the like. But these are quantitative, not qualitative, changes. Basically, politics in the USA today seems to rest on the same foundations as when the good Doctor explored the belly of the best in 1972. I have found this to be one of the best books around to explain the American political psyche to a non-American.
brokengambler on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Hunter S. Thompson has the impressive ability to be so F***ed up on drugs that he can't coherently write "spin". Thompson dismisses partisanism (its a forgone conclusion that he hates Nixon, and he doesn't labor the point) and concentrates on the parts of the political process that we never really see (why everyone is a swine). Its also entertaining when he goes into rants for no particular reason, he's a terribly good writer for someone who is vaguely psychotic.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Other reporters often fed Thompson stories they would never get published in their own papers. Thompson was a GREAT writer. He started off as a sports writer, and covers politics as well as Angell covered baseball. He does get in the way of his writing, and at times that is humorous, at other times it really reduces the level of work. But the man is...was great.
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"It would giv me and excuse to go there more..." standing back up (im still getin osver being sick so i gtg to sleep now im sorry)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walks in, and grabs a few books off the shelves. Each book she picks is about animals. She sits down and reads them aloud to Angel and Clancy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Sorry had dinner.) Get up and signins softly as she walks dn then empty halls ways "i wish to go to the festival......the wonderful music festival........"