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Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 review by Matt Taibbi. – Slate Magazine

It warms my soul to know the good Doctor remains as much on edge today as during his coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign. Matt Taibbi reviewed the classic for Slate.com on the book’s 40th anniversary.

Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 review by Matt Taibbi. – Slate Magazine:

“The whole book reeked of a kind of desperation to know where absolutely everyone he met stood on the manic quest to find meaning and redemption that was his campaign adventure.

The obsession made for great theater, but it also produced great journalism. Hunter knew the geography of the 1972 campaign the way a stalker knows a starlet’s travel routine, and when he put it all down on paper, it was lit up with the kind of wildly vivid detail that only a genuinely crazy person, all mixed up with rage and misplaced love, can bring to a subject.”

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