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The only memoir part of this memoir Is The Beginning Where Gives An the beginning where Thompson gives an that may true about how he became skeptical of authority at 9 years old The rest is comprised of vignettes some of which may be true and others for which parts may be trueThere are all the Thompson motifs the shooting incidents drug crazed trips in Cadillacs show girls and porn stars brushes with the police and political incorrectnessOne recurring theme the loss of liberties exemplified by a 66 hour search of his farm based on the say so of one Witness and the life ail term for a woman who was with a man who committed a murder suicideIf you are a Thompson fan you ve already read this book If not you may want ve already read this book If not you may want start with other works Note Written on Sep 03 2007 when I was much younger I detach myself entirely from the review and its contentsHere s Yr Autobiography Mahalo Res Ipsa LouiturIs it Farmer Boy just me or is this gentust a wee bit too forceful with his opinionsBefore the sad loss of Hunter S Thompson human marihuana chimney and perpetual idol to each new batch of college students the Colorado bas I ve always loved Thompson s books and I think this might be my favorite other than Fear and Loathing which is untouchable This one is his most personal and is his last actual book Hey Rube was a compilation of online sports articles so I don t count it before he blew his brains out This one includes ranting about 911 and the Bush Administration if you thought his eulogy of Nixon was savage check out what he has to say about Bush Jr his musings on the 1968 Democratic Convention a must read if you give a shit tales of his early childhood including his first run in with the FBI a description of his first ride on a Ducati super bike and random stories about his worldwide travelsIf you love Hunter don t miss this If you don t well fuck off It never got weird enough for me Hunter S Thompson This is Hunter at his finest This book was one of those that you wish had Random House Webster's College Dictionary: 1996 Graduation Promotion just one page at the end for all of eternity Kingdom of Fear is written in a loose biographical form in true Thompson style it leapfrogs from stories of pre adolescent vandalism to scathing rants of George W Bush in the same chapter but somehow never looses its cohesiveness The stories of Hunter and Johnny Depp exchanging cars and checkbooks will make you laugh like a hyena spit out your coffee and piss yourself all at once his legendary run for Sheriff of Aspen will make you want to become politically active his take on 9 11 and the horrors of the Bush administration mightust make you shed a tear or two No one does political satire better This book makes me sad that not another one will ever be written like it and it makes me grateful that I still have plenty of Thompsons books left to read one of the easiest things to forget about hunter thompson is that he was smart really smart the exaggerations and drug tales and violent fleur de lis are a lovely bonus but at the heart of my love for hunter thompson is his straight arrow sense of right and wrong his personal sense of outrage at the evils of the world and his ability to stay sharp in the face of the low level grinding mediocrities that pave the road to hellthis collection of essays is personal than some of his other work and it spans his career from beginning to end most affecting and chilling for me are his ruminations on the current bush administration but all of it is compelling it s vibrant passionate funny bitter and true which is everything i really need Yeah uality stuff thanks Doc I m pretty sure this is going to break my recent run of 2 star reads This is in the foreword The author has gone to visit his old friend Jack Nicholson and in the back of his Making Mentoring Happen A simple and effective guide to implementing a successful mentoring program jeep are all kind ofokes and gimcracks to entertain Nicholson s children In addition to the bleeding elk heart there was a massive outdoor amplifier a tape recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears a 1000000 watt spotlight and a 9 mm Smith Wesson semiautomatic pistol with teak wood handles and a box of high powered ammunition There was also a 40 million candlepower parachute flare that would light up the valley for 40 miles for 40 seconds that would seem to anyone lucky enough to be awake at the time like the first blinding flash of a mid range nuclear device that might signal the end of the world When the detonation of these devices from a precipice overlooking the Nicholson household fails I have always been a huge huge fan of Hunter s work Kingdom of Fear is a collection of various writings he did kind of like a memoir where he rants and raves and The Gonzo memoir from one of the most influential voices in American literature Kingdom of Fear traces the course of Hunter S Thompson’s life as a rebel from a smart mouthed Kentucky kid flaunting all authority to a convention defying ournalist who came to personify a wild fusion of fact fiction and mind altering substancesBrilliant provocative outrageous and brazen Hunter S Thompson's infamous. Ants some his typical Gonzo Style He Takes The style he takes the on a bizarre and often utterly weird ride through his colourful and always interesting life Opening with his first encounter with the FBI when he was nine years old and no doubt sparking his life long distrust of authority the book whizzes through his musings of various scandals of the day what s going in the hazy world of politics his time in Cuba and so much His tell it like it is attitude simply emphasises everything that is wrong in today s overly PC society and his voice is sorely missed He really was an extraordinary man and I would love nothing than to read a book about what he thinks of the world today We salute you Hunter may many follow in your footsteps throw caution to the wind and ust write what they feel The Life and Times of Hunter S Thompson31 August 2018 Looking at my previous review I feel that I may not have given this book the credit that it deserves though that does have a lot to do with the length of my reviews if you want to call them as such since I tend to write about what I got out of the book as opposed to anything else Well this book certainly tells you an awful lot about the Hunter than did Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas though I do sort of wonder if he was still alive what he would think about the huge number of mass gun killings that seem to be plaguing the United States The reason I say this is that one thing that I really picked up from this book was that he really loves his guns One thing that stands out in this piece is his style of writing which pretty much has its own name Gonzo Turning Points in Australian History journalism Actually he wasn t the one who developed the style nor gave it its name because it was apparently Truman Capote s In Cold Blood that is suggested to be the first of its style Honestly I m not entirely sure how one would describe this method though of course one could simply say that it is the way Hunter S Thompson writes Look the book seems to pretty much go all over the place You will have a story or a piece about what is happening in 2002 when the book was written and suddenly you willump back to the mid eighties or even the mid seventies For instance we have a story about how he decided to go to Grenada because there happened to be a war going on there though his suggestion was that it wasn t uite a war but rather an example of push over Interestingly another suggestion is that it was of a distraction from the fact that some barracks in Lebanon had been bombed earlier killing a huge number of US marines Mind you it wasn t as if the invasion wasn t deserved since some dictator had Desarrollo de Habilidades Directivas just taken over the place but then again it isn t as if this is the first example of this happening and one would wander why the United States hadn t learnt from their misadventures with Cuba but then again they didn t send the full brunt of the American army in to deal with Castro Actually talking about Cuba this section is also followed up with a story about the time that Thompson decided to go to Cuba believing the rumour that Americanournalists are treated like kings there This didn t turn out to be the case and it probably is what is expected in a dictatorship like Cuba yeah I m not sure if Castro is really going to want Let Dai Vol 8 journalists wandering around telling everybody what the place is really like and this is also Thompson who really doesn t pull any punches when he is writing Oh and apparently Johnny Depp a good friend of Thompson s was also on his way there and with all of the hoo haa about Depp s dogs here in Australia you can probably imagine the scene that he caused when he arrived at the airport Yeah Thompson s writing one thing I noticed is that you get all of these people who want to write like their favourite author you know Gonzo style Well I can appreciate that but the problem is that there is only one person that could ever write like Hunter S Thompson and that is the man himself Look Gonzo may be great but the problem is that Thompson sort of knows a lot of people and a lot of famous people as well there aren t many of us who can get away with pranking Jack Nicholson The other thing is that Hunter really did live pretty close to the line when it came to the law For instance he would regularly speed and then there is his drug habit which he wasn t at all that shy about That s the thing to write like Thompson you have to be like Thompson and you have to be willing to really stick your neck out oh and you also need to know Johnny Depp Oh and it isn t as if he didn t get into trouble though you could say that he was one of those teflon Rule breaking in hisournalism in his life and under the law changed the shape of American letters and the face of American icons Call it the evolution of an outlaw Here are the formative experiences that comprise Thompson’s legendary trajectory alongside the weird and the ugly Whether detailing his exploits as a foreign correspondent in Rio his ob as night manager of the notorious O’Farrel. Kingdom of Fear Loathsome Secrets of a Star crossed Child in the Final Days of the American CenturyNdividuals being that nothing seems stick instance there was time when woman decided to press charges against him for an alleged sexual there was this time when some woman decided to press charges against him for an alleged sexual Honestly the truth of the matter is going to be up in the air and only his wife Anita really knows what was going on However it escalated pretty uickly in that the DA decided to search his house for eleven hours and then also add drug charges to the case This pretty much blew up in their face because Thompson proceeded to challenge them on the grounds of the Fourth Amendment illegal search and seizure The argument was that searching his house for eleven hours was completely unreasonable and also argued that if the police were to search anybody s house for that amount of time they would be sure to find enough evidence to literally convict anybody One final topic is Hunter s opinion of George W Bush He would regularly refer to him as the child president which once again makes me wonder what he would think of the current president who honestly seems to govern much like a child than George Bush ever did Yet in a way Thompson really does seem to be an enigma because there is so much about him that says to me that he should be a Republican yet he isn t Still sadly he didn t live to see the election of Obama nor of Trump and the thing is that there is a suggestion that people do change their voting habits at least once in their lives Ahh yes The Kingdom of Fear a concept that I almost forgot to talk about There are two elements to this the kingdom and the fear Some have suggested that the American political system is rigged so that only a select few are able to take the top ob and that it is so dominated by the two party system that only those who happen to be in the know are able to get into power Mind you Donald Trump and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez sort of blew that concept out of the water Then there is the secret government the one that is controlled from the board rooms of the Fortune 500 In a way it is a uestion of freedom and one that Thompson does address particularly since with the flick of the wrist a whole segment of society can suddenly discover that they are criminals Allegedly the drug laws were originally brought about in an attempt to crack down on illegal Mexican immigrants Now for the concept of Fear America really does seem to be a country ruled by fear It is one of the arguments of the pro gun lobby they need their guns to protect themselves It is as if there is this constant fear that somebody will come along and take away their freedom Interestingly there are many many other free countries in the world that don t seem to be ruled by the same amount of fear Mind you the media doesn t help either because you simply have to open up your Facebook feed to discover some exaggerated article about how we are in danger The final theme and I know I have been saying this for a while but there is so much to the writings of Thompson that I simply have to keep writing is the whole idea of the American Dream What is it I guess this is one of those concepts that many people have been trying to understand for a very long time Thompson seems to believe that this whole experiment is a complete failure which is why much of this book is devoted to the idea of the death of the dream My understanding is that the dream is about being able to be who you want to be and that nobody else can come in and stop you from doing so This is all well and good as long as it doesn t involve impinging on other people s dreams Yet once again this seems to be flawed with the dream only being available to some and simply out of reach of others Honestly there is a lot that I could say about this but I will bring this rather long review to an end with a meme An entertaining read since it s hard not to be entertained by Hunter S Thompson s rantings but ultimately disappointing It get three stars instead of two based solely on Thompson s outsized reputation and my fondness for it Ostensibly an autobiography but really not one at all this book is Hoodwinked just a series of snippets and recollections some of which are true but most of which are probably not even in Thompson s loose version of what constitutes truth Pretty dissatisfying reallyI think this review from NYT sums it up nicely Whenever Kingdom of Fear brushes up against the aching interior spaces that feed genuine autobiography family lost friends regrets he recoils and hides in bad gonzo clich s You d think that at this point in his life Thompson is 65 he d be interested in exorcising his demons than in making cartoons out of them. L Theatre in San Francisco his epic run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Power ticket or the sensational legal maneuvering that led to his full acuittal in the famous 99 Days trial Thompson is at the peak of his narrative powers in Kingdom of Fear And this boisterous blistering ride illuminates as never before the professional and ideological risk taking of a literary genius and transgressive ico.