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Generation of Swine, Gonzo Papers Vol. 2 Hunter S. Thompson

Generation of Swine, Gonzo Papers Vol. 2

Hunter S. Thompson

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A running tally of the folly of the 80s, the decade known for men of huge brains, small necks, weak muscles & fat wallets...--NY Times Book ReviewThompson may be correct in assuming that the greed & immorality pervading the AmericanMoreA running tally of the folly of the 80s, the decade known for men of huge brains, small necks, weak muscles & fat wallets...--NY Times Book ReviewThompson may be correct in assuming that the greed & immorality pervading the American social landscape are obscene, but his surreal, half-demented style has hardened into a pose. These columns from the San Francisco Examiner prove only that journalism can become dated quickly. The author of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas calls Colonel Khadafy smarter than Ronald Reagan & takes potshots at tv news, Gary Hart, Ed Meese, evangelists, Michael Dukakis, Pat Robertson & the Iran-contra hearings. He predicts that the Democrats will self-destruct in the 1988 presidential campaign. People he dislikes are described as money-sucking animals, brainless freaks, geeks, greed-crazed lunatics & so on. Thompsons flaccid diatribes seem designed to instill a sense of smug superiority in the reader.--Publishers WeeklyThompsons outrageous reporting style, called Gonzo journalism, was the rage in the early 70s. The protest generation cleaved to his Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas & Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72, both genuinely funny & often perceptive social & political commentaries. This new effort, a collection of 100 short pieces originally published as a column in the San Francisco Examiner over the past two years, tries to recapture the old ebullience, but much of it falls flat. Still, Thompsons fans--there are many--will savor his wild words on Ted Kennedy, Gary Hart, Al Haig, Ollie North, George Bush, TV preachers, et alia.--Kenneth F. Kister