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Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century | [Hunter S. Thompson]

Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson penned groundbreaking works as outrageous—and provocative—as the author himself. His memoir Kingdom of Fear provides compelling insight into his life and literary output.
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Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson penned groundbreaking works as outrageous - and provocative - as the author himself. His memoir Kingdom of Fear provides compelling insight into his life and literary output.

©2003 Hunter S. Thompson (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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“He amuses; he frightens; he flirts with doom. His achievement is substantial.” (Washington Post)

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    Shaun Apollo, PA, United States 11-28-12
    Shaun Apollo, PA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Only for the most hardcore fans of HST."

    "Kingdom of Fear" is essentially a collection of articles and essays by Hunter S. Thompson, chronicling his well-documented problems with authority starting at a very young age.

    In the preface, HST gives some thoughts on the immediate post September 11th world, which are revelant even today (a dangerous, long lasting "anti-terrorist" security apparatus, for example).

    "Kingdom" goes on to Hunter's early run-ins with the law in Louisville, his rise in the journalistic scene and the "Freak Power" campaign for Sheriff of Aspen that Thompson ran; Hunter being falsely accused of sexual assault by pornstar Gail Palmer; his hilarious guerilla war aganist a nouveau riche businessman who decides to set up his massive estate in Woody Creek, and of course, "Fear and Loathing in Elko" which poses the question "what if Clarence Thomas was really more depraved than previously thought?"

    To conclude this is a decent compilation, but I would suggest "Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone" (also available on audible) first and foremost. That compilation includes some overlap with this one (such as "Fear and Loathing in Elko") but has far more content.

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    rocky tobaccoville, NC, United States 02-09-13
    rocky tobaccoville, NC, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    What did you love best about Kingdom of Fear?

    The writing


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Sowers’s performances?

    I don't want to. I want Phil Gigante.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get Phil Gigante from the rolling stone book to do all of the Thompson books, he is perfect. I will buy them all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DSD Georgia 08-10-12
    DSD Georgia 08-10-12 Listener Since 2009

    Stop listening to other people's opinions and form one of your own. That's sound advice, or not. It all depends on how literal you take it.

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    "Love HST"

    I love HST. He was a man's man. Give me a GD gun, a line of blow, a tape record for playback and a friend to laugh with about it all. That's Hunter. However the nar. came along for the ride as well, and that's where this beast took a flying leap straight into the path of the barreling locomotive name HST. The end result was a F..ing mess. What a bummer.... Can we get a good nar. ?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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