Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a thing of legend. The true(ish) account of a journalist covering a motorcycle race and a national district attorneys drug convention in 1971 Vegas. It's largely known for the cartoonish antics and debauchery of counter culture icon, Hunter S. Thompson, but the greater value of the book is in the writing itself. Line after line of eloquent fury, intoxicated insight, and scenes so vivid they leave a grimy residue on your fingertips. Sure, Thompson was an outlandish guy who did a lot of drugs, but he's only remembered because he wrote like a mad genius, and this book contains what he feels is the best he's ever written.— From Eddy's Picks
50th Anniversary Edition • With an introduction by Caity Weaver, acclaimed New York Times journalist
This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.
Also a major motion picture directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.
About the Author
Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 — February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. He was known for his flamboyant writing style, most notably deployed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which blurred the distinctions between writer and subject, fiction and nonfiction.
The best source on Thompson's writing style and personality is Thompson himself. His books include Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (1966), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1972), Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (1973); The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (1979); The Curse of Lono(1983); Generation of Swine, Gonzo Papers Vol. 2: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the 80's (1988); and Songs of the Doomed (1990).