I started reading Hunter S. Thompson when he was writing articles in Rolling Stone about Richard Nixon. Later, those articles were collected in Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72. After that, it was Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream that fried my brain. Hunter S. Thompson’s writing style is unique. It’s hyperbolic. It’s funny. And, surprisingly, it often tells the truth. Thompson called his style of writing “Gonzo Journalism.” Picador Press has done us all a great service by publishing an inexpensive, thick volume (1000 pages!) collecting Hunter S. Thompson’s wonderful writings from The Great Shark Hunt, Generation of Swine, and Songs of the Doomed. The Gonzo Papers Anthology glitters with a brilliance that we solely lack today. Highly recommended!