The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

Simon and Schuster, 6 . 2003 . - 602 .
The first volume in Hunter S. Thompsons bestselling Gonzo Papers offers brilliant commentary and outrageous humor, in his signature style.

Originally published in 1979, the first volume of the bestselling Gonzo Papers is now back in print. The Great Shark Hunt is Dr. Hunter S. Thompsons largest and, arguably, most important work, covering Nixon to napalm, Las Vegas to Watergate, Carter to cocaine. These essays offer brilliant commentary and outrageous humor, in signature Thompson style.

Ranging in date from the National Observer days to the era of Rolling Stone, The Great Shark Hunt offers myriad, highly charged entries, including the first Hunter S. Thompson piece to be dubbed gonzoThe Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved, which appeared in Scanlan's Monthly in 1970. From this essay a new journalistic movement sprang which would change the shape of American letters. Thompson's razor-sharp insight and crystal clarity capture the crazy, hypocritical, degenerate, and redeeming aspects of the explosive and colorful 60s and 70s.
 

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  - Stahl-Ricco - LibraryThing

Great first line: Well... yes, and here we go again. Indeed! Lots of good reads in this collection, both serious and Gonzo, though I am a bigger Gonzo fan than serious fan. Hell, the book starts ...

  - Dominica P. - Overstock.com

Not one of my favorite hunter thompson books. I love his style & that projects through but things are shorter and more sports days. Again well written pieces but to me it did not flow as well as sone of his other writings


PART
17
A Southern City with Northern Problems
38
The Temptations of JeanClaude Killy
77
The Ultimate Free Lancer
96
A Conversation on Ralph Steadman and His Book America
111
Freak Power in the Rockies
151
The SoCalled Jesus Freak Scare
175
PART
185
Living in the Time of Alger Greeley Debs
374
The Hashbury Is the Capital of the Hippies
383
When the Beatniks Were Social Lions
394
Those Daring Young Men in Their Flying Machines
406
The Police Chief
413
PART FOUR
421
Jimmy Carter and the Great Leap of Faith
452
University of Georgia
486

Authors Note
192
Memo from the Sports Desk Rude Notes from a Decompression
238
Mr Nixon
248
The Boys in the Bag
282
The Scum Also Rises
299
PART THREE
343
Democracy Dies in Peru but Few Seem to Mourn Its Passing
352
He Haunts the Ruins of
358
Chatty Letters During a Journey from Aruba to Rio
365
The Banshee Screams for Buffalo Meat
495
The Hoodlum Circus and the Statutory Rape of Bass Lake
516
The Funeral of Mother Miles
524
When the Going Gets Weird
530
Fear and Loathing in the Near Room
547
Fear and Loathing in the Far Room
559
Bibliography of Works by Dr Hunter S Thompson by Kihm Winship
591
Bibliography of Works on Dr Hunter S Thompson by Kihm Winship
599

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Hunter S. Thompson's books include Fear and Loathing in America, Screwjack, Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Proud Highway, Better Than Sex, The Rum Diary, and Kingdom of Fear. A contributor to various national and international publications, including a weekly sports column for espn.com, Thompson lives in a fortified compound near Aspen, Colorado.