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Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Modern Library
Publication date November 1, 1999
Pages 265
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679603313
ISBN-10 067960331X
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $23.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The author's harrowing and critically acclaimed first book chronicles his year riding with the Hell's Angels and other motorcycle gangs, an 'experiment' that ended when he was beaten nearly to death by a group of Angels. 20,000 first printing. NYT.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels—Hell’s Angels, that is—in this short work of nonfiction.
 
“California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur. . . The Menace is loose again.”
 
Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson’s vivid account of his experiences with California’s most notorious motorcycle gang, the Hell’s Angels. In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial Angels, cycling up and down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, “For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson’s book is a thoughtful piece of work.” As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell’s Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend.

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Hardcover
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from Modern Library (November 1, 1999)
9780679603313 | details & prices | 265 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $23.00
About: Chronicles the author's experiences riding with the Hell's Angels and other motorcycle gangs, an 'experiment' that ended when he was beaten nearly to death by a group of Angels.
Paperback
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from Ballantine Books (September 1, 1996)
9780345410085 | details & prices | 273 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S.

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