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.
'The best account yet published of what it feels like to be out there in the middle of the American political process.' -The New York Times Book Review
'Obscene, horrid, repellent...driving, urgent, candid, searing...a fascinating, compelling book!' -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
'Gaze in awe...Hunter Thompson does in his own mad way betray a profound democratic concern for the polity. And in its own mad way, it's damned refreshing. -Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in The New York Times
'Hunter Thompson is the Prince of Gonzo...He is the quintessential Outlaw Journalist!' -J. Anthony Lukas in More, the National Journalism Review
Illustrations by Ralph Steadman.
Introduction by Matt Taibbi.