Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson (1972)
Hilarious, terrifying, insightful, and compulsively readable, these are the articles that Hunter S. Thompson wrote for Rolling Stone magazine while covering the election campaign of President Richard M. Nixon and his unsuccessful opponent, Senator George S. Hunter focuses largely on the Democratic Party's primaries and the breakdown of the national party as. Hunter focuses largely on the Democratic Party's primaries and the breakdown of the national party as it splits between the different candidates. With drug-addled alacrity and incisive wit, Thompson turned his jaundiced eye and gonzo heart to the repellent and seductive race for president, deconstructed the campaigns, and ended up with a political vision that is eerily prophetic.
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Forty years on, that question still haunts the pages of Hunter S. Thompson powerfully sets the stage for the Democratic primary contest — a party divided, old coalitions fragmenting, and the chaos of the election looming over the process. For the first time, the Democrats would choose their nominee exclusively through state primaries, rather than a combination of elections and back-room deals. The list of candidates — including Sen. Ed Muskie of Maine, Sen. Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, Sen.
The following disconnected excerpts from Dr. The author assumes no final responsibility for whatever follows. Dawn is coming up in San Francisco now: AM. I can hear the rumble of early morning buses under my window at the Seal Rock Inn. About seals have been barking out there most of the night. Staying in this place with the windows open is like living next to a dog pound. One afternoon about three days ago the Editorial Enforcement Detail from the Rolling Stone office showed up at my door, with no warning, and loaded about 40 pounds of supplies into the room: two cases of Mexican beer, four quarts of gin, a dozen grapefruits, and enough speed to alter the outcome of six Super Bowls.
Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 is a book that recounts and analyzes the presidential campaign in which Richard Nixon was re-elected President of the United States. Written by Hunter S. Thompson and illustrated by Ralph Steadman , the book was largely derived from articles serialized in Rolling Stone throughout The book focuses almost exclusively on the Democratic Party 's primaries and the breakdown of the party as it splits between the different candidates. Of particular focus is the manic maneuvering of the George McGovern campaign during the Miami convention as they sought to ensure the Democratic nomination despite attempts by the Hubert Humphrey campaign and other candidates to block McGovern. Thompson began his coverage of the campaign in December , just as the race toward the primaries was beginning, from a rented apartment in Washington, D. Over the next 12 months, in voluminous detail, he covered every aspect of the campaign, from the smallest rally to the raucous conventions.