Heralded as the "best book on the dope decade" by the New York Times Book Review, Hunter S. Thompson's
documented drug orgy through Las Vegas would no doubt leave Nancy Reagan blushing and D.A.R.E. founders rethinking their
motto. Under the pseudonym of Raoul Duke, Thompson travels with his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in a souped-up
convertible dubbed the "Great Red Shark." In its trunk, they stow "two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline,
five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers,
downers, screamers, laughers.... A quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two
dozen amyls," which they manage to consume during their short tour.
On assignment from a sports magazine to cover "the fabulous Mint 400"--a free-for-all biker's race in the heart of the
Nevada desert--the drug-a-delic duo stumbles through Vegas in hallucinatory hopes of finding the American dream (two
truck-stop waitresses tell them it's nearby, but can't remember if it's on the right or the left). They of course never
get the story, but they do commit the only sins in Vegas: "burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the
help." For Thompson to remember and pen his experiences with such clarity and wit is nothing short of a miracle; an
impressive feat no matter how one feels about the subject matter. A first-rate sensibility twinger, Fear and Loathing in
Las Vegas is a pop-culture classic, an icon of an era past, and a nugget of pure comedic genius. --Rebekah Warren
From the Inside Flap
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times
ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of
American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.
Now this cult classic of gonzo journalism is a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and
starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro. Opens everywhere on May 22, 1998.
From the Back Cover
"A scorching epochal sensation!" --Tom Wolfe
"The best book on the dope decade." --The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 — February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. He was known
for his flamboyant writing style, most notably deployed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which blurred the
distinctions between writer and subject, fiction and nonfiction.
The best source on Thompson's writing style and personality is Thompson himself. His books include Hell's Angels: A
Strange and Terrible Saga (1966), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American
Dream (1972), Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (1973); The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange
Time (1979); The Curse of Lono(1983); Generation of Swine, Gonzo Papers Vol. 2: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the
80's (1988); and Songs of the Doomed (1990).