Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

by William McKeen


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"Gets it all in: the boozing and drugging…but also the intelligence, the loyalty, the inherent decency." —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

Hunter S. Thompson detonated a two-ton bomb under the staid field of journalism with his magazine pieces and revelatory Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In Outlaw Journalist, the famous inventor of Gonzo journalism is portrayed as never before. Through in-depth interviews with Thompson’s associates, William McKeen gets behind the drinking and the drugs to show the man and the writer—one who was happy to be considered an outlaw and for whom the calling of journalism was life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393335453
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/13/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

William McKeen, chair of the journalism department at Boston University, has written or edited thirteen books including Outlaw Journalist, Highway 61, and Everybody Had an Ocean.

Table of Contents

Preface: The End     xiii
Getting Away With It     1
Square Peg, Round Hole     21
The Dark Thumb of Fate     36
A Natural Ingrate     54
Observer     70
Stranger in a Strange Land     83
Among the Angels     96
American Dream     113
Epiphany     127
Freak Power     150
Making a Beast of Himself     163
Truth Is Never Told in Daylight     178
Celebrity     202
Casualties of War     233
Thompson's Island     254
The Genetic Miracle     279
Homecoming     310
Man of Letters     332
Epilogue     352
Notes     367
Bibliography     399
Author's Note     405
Acknowledgments     409
Index     411

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Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
StuIsLegend More than 1 year ago
HST Lives on in this book!!!
hunterfan More than 1 year ago
This a great bio of the most revolutionary journalist of our times. William McKeen gives a fair but honest portrayal of his life, using passages from some of his works. It was the first biographical read for me that I was unable to put down. After I finished, it was hard for me to get Hunter out of my mind. It was a feeling not unlike seeing a movie that stays with you. I've already bought an extra copy as a gift.