Jann S. Wenner, the outlaw journalistâs friend and editor for nearly thirty-five years, has assembled articles that begin with Thompsonâs infamous run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Party ticket in 1970 and end with his final piece on the Bush-Kerry showdown of 2004. In between is Thompsonâs remarkable coverage of the 1972 presidential campaignâa miracle of journalism under pressureâand plenty of attention paid to Richard Nixon, his bÃªte noire; encounters with Muhammad Ali, Bill Clinton, and the Super Bowl; and a lengthy excerpt from his acknowledged masterpiece, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Woven throughout is selected correspondence between Wenner and Thompson, most of it never before published. It traces the evolution of a personal and professional relationship that helped redefine modern American journalism, and also presents Thompson through a new prism as he pursued his lifelong obsession: The life and death of the American Dream.
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