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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream,

Thompson, Hunter S.

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ISBN 10: 0394464354 / ISBN 13: 9780394464350
Published by Random House Inc, New York, 1973
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A very nice copy of the first edition, first printing of Thompson's second book and classic of "new journalism". Appears unread or barely so. Text is tight and clean. Lettering bright and unflaked. Thin light unobtrusive sun line to top edges (which very common for this title) o/w Fine. In a Fine bright and glossy dust jacket (in mylar). No spine fading. No tears. No previous owners' names. No remainder mark or spray. Not Price Clipped. Not ex-lib. Not a Book Club Edition. This is a nice copy at a very good price. Photos sent upon request. Accurate Descriptions/Quality Books/Unmatched Prices. Bookseller Inventory # 4932-TS

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Title: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage ...

Publisher: Random House Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Ralph Steadman

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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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.

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Heralded as the "best book on the dope decade" by the New York Times Book Review, Hunter S. Thompson's documented drug orgy through Las Vegas would no doubt leave Nancy Reagan blushing and D.A.R.E. founders rethinking their motto. Under the pseudonym of Raoul Duke, Thompson travels with his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in a souped-up convertible dubbed the "Great Red Shark." In its trunk, they stow "two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers.... A quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls," which they manage to consume during their short tour.

On assignment from a sports magazine to cover "the fabulous Mint 400"--a free-for-all biker's race in the heart of the Nevada desert--the drug-a-delic duo stumbles through Vegas in hallucinatory hopes of finding the American dream (two truck-stop waitresses tell them it's nearby, but can't remember if it's on the right or the left). They of course never get the story, but they do commit the only sins in Vegas: "burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help." For Thompson to remember and pen his experiences with such clarity and wit is nothing short of a miracle; an impressive feat no matter how one feels about the subject matter. A first-rate sensibility twinger, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a pop-culture classic, an icon of an era past, and a nugget of pure comedic genius. --Rebekah Warren

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