Kingdom of Fear

Kingdom of Fear The Gonzo memoir from one of the most influential voices in American literature Kingdom of Fear traces the course of Hunter S Thompson s life as a rebel from a smart mouthed Kentucky kid flaunting al

  • Title: Kingdom of Fear
  • Author: Hunter S. Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780141037417
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Gonzo memoir from one of the most influential voices in American literature, Kingdom of Fear traces the course of Hunter S Thompson s life as a rebel from a smart mouthed Kentucky kid flaunting all authority to a convention defying journalist who came to personify a wild fusion of fact, fiction, and mind altering substances.Brilliant, provocative, outrageous, and brazThe Gonzo memoir from one of the most influential voices in American literature, Kingdom of Fear traces the course of Hunter S Thompson s life as a rebel from a smart mouthed Kentucky kid flaunting all authority to a convention defying journalist who came to personify a wild fusion of fact, fiction, and mind altering substances.Brilliant, provocative, outrageous, and brazen, Hunter S Thompson s infamous rule breaking in his journalism, in his life, and under the law changed the shape of American letters, and the face of American icons Call it the evolution of an outlaw Here are the formative experiences that comprise Thompson s legendary trajectory alongside the weird and the ugly Whether detailing his exploits as a foreign correspondent in Rio, his job as night manager of the notorious O Farrell Theatre in San Francisco, his epic run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Power ticket, or the sensational legal maneuvering that led to his full acquittal in the famous 99 Days trial, Thompson is at the peak of his narrative powers in Kingdom of Fear And this boisterous, blistering ride illuminates as never before the professional and ideological risk taking of a literary genius and transgressive icon.

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    1. Hunter S. Thompson

      Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist and author, famous for his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas He is credited as the creator of Gonzo journalism, a style of reporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become the central figures of their stories He is also known for his promotion and use of psychedelics and other mind altering substances and to a lesser extent, alcohol and firearms , his libertarian views, and his iconoclastic contempt for authority He committed suicide in 2005.

    976 thoughts on “Kingdom of Fear”

    1. I'm pretty sure this is going to break my recent run of 2 star reads. This is in the foreword. The author has gone to visit his old friend Jack Nicholson and in the back of his jeep are "all kind of jokes and gimcracks" to entertain Nicholson's children. "“In addition to the bleeding elk heart, there was a massive outdoor amplifier, a tape recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears, a 1,000,000-watt spotlight, and a 9-mm Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol with teak-wood handles and a b [...]

    2. "It never got weird enough for me". -Hunter S. Thompson This is Hunter at his finest. This book was one of those that you wish had just one more page at the end for all of eternity. Kingdom of Fear is written in a loose biographical form, in true Thompson style, it leapfrogs from stories of pre-adolescent vandalism, to scathing rants of George W. Bush in the same chapter, but somehow never looses its cohesiveness. The stories of Hunter and Johnny Depp exchanging cars and checkbooks will make you [...]

    3. The only “memoir” part of this “memoir” is the beginning where Thompson gives an anecdote that may be true about how he became skeptical of authority at 9 years old. The rest is comprised of more vignettes some of which may be true and others for which parts may be true.There are all the Thompson motifs, the shooting incidents, drug crazed trips in Cadillacs, show girls and porn stars, brushes with the police, and political incorrectness.One recurring theme, the loss of liberties, exempl [...]

    4. I have always been a huge, huge, fan of Hunter's work. Kingdom of Fear is a collection of various writings he did, kind of like a memoir, where he rants and raves and rants some more. In his typical Gonzo style, he takes the reader on a bizarre and often utterly 'weird' ride through his colourful and always interesting life. Opening with his first encounter with the FBI when he was nine years old (and no doubt sparking his life-long distrust of authority), the book whizzes through his musings of [...]

    5. one of the easiest things to forget about hunter thompson is that he was s.m.a.r.t. really smart. the exaggerations and drug tales and violent fleur-de-lis are a lovely bonus, but at the heart of my love for hunter thompson is his straight-arrow sense of right and wrong, his personal sense of outrage at the evils of the world, and his ability to stay sharp in the face of the low level, grinding mediocrities that pave the road to hellis collection of essays is more personal than some of his other [...]

    6. Note: Written on Sep 03 2007, when I was much younger. I detach myself entirely from the review and its contents.Here’s Yr. Autobiography. Mahalo. Res Ipsa Loquitur.Is it just me, or is this gent just a wee bit too forceful with his opinions?Before the sad loss of Hunter S. Thompson, human marihuana chimney and perpetual idol to each new batch of college students, the Colorado-based chronicler of injustice and, um—sports—left this rambling and shambling document, labelled erroneously by Pe [...]

    7. An entertaining read, since it's hard not to be entertained by Hunter S. Thompson's rantings, but ultimately disappointing. It get three stars instead of two based solely on Thompson's outsized reputation and my fondness for it. Ostensibly an autobiography, but really not one at all, this book is just a series of snippets and recollections, some of which are true but most of which are probably not, even in Thompson's loose version of what constitutes "truth". Pretty dissatisfying really.I think [...]

    8. "We live in dangerous times. Our armies are powerful, and we spend billions of dollars a year on new prisons, yet our lives are still ruled by fear. We are like pygmies lost in a maze. We are not at War, we are having a nervous breakdown." (p.27)"We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world- a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, a [...]

    9. I've had my ups and downs with this one and I think that stems from the fact that I was trying to read and understand a book slating American politics of the latter quarter of the twentieth century when my knowledge on American politics of the latter quarter of the twentieth century is on par with Joey Essex's.

    10. “There are only two adjectives writers care about anymore ‘brilliant’ and ‘outrageous’ and Hunter Thompson has a freehold on both of them.” -Tom WolfeThompson’s Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century is a hard book to review. It is the fifth book that I have read by the great Hunter S. Thompson, who has been one of my heroes for many years. Suggested to me by my best friend’s cousin while out bar-hopping, I thought I [...]

    11. Kingdom of Fear - “It would be easy to say that we owe it all to the Bush family from Texas, but that would be too simplistic. They are only errand boys for the vengeful, bloodthirsty cartel of Jesus-freaks and super-rich money mongers who have ruled this country for at least the last 20 years, and arguably for the past 200. They take orders well, and they don’t ask too many questions.”Ah Hunter, you had me from this quote in the “Memo from the Sports Desk"! And, for me, that memo might [...]

    12. I've always loved Thompson's books, and I think this might be my favorite (other than Fear and Loathing which is untouchable). This one is his most personal, and is his last actual book (Hey, Rube was a compilation of online sports articles so I don't count it) before he blew his brains out. This one includes ranting about 9/11 and the Bush Administration (if you thought his eulogy of Nixon was savage, check out what he has to say about Bush Jr.), his musings on the 1968 Democratic Convention (a [...]

    13. I kept stopping and scratching my head. "Hmmmmmm," I'd think, is this story a hallucination or could it really have happened?" Kingdom of Fear is a collection of exploits, letters and mad ramblings by Hunter S. Thompson. I love this man, except when I don't, but I rarely don't want to be him. Thompson's journalistic exploits are well-documented, but is it possible that a mountain lion just up and jumped into the back of his car as he drove (stoned, as always) up the California coast? Regardless [...]

    14. Grab your Colt .45; the government is coming. You have no rights because they will search your house for the 2 month old hashish. The main point of the story is about a woman who causes (1) Hunter Thompson undue trouble. And How Nazi law enforcement agencies spread their tentacles and destroy America. Hunter Thompson is the last outlaw. Is he fighting a losing fight, most likely he has yet begun to fight. Interesting little bit-bits in the book. Something about sucking on an 8-year-old's nipples [...]

    15. What can I say, I'm very biased. And I struggle to think of an author whose style (and consistency) I respect more. 'Kingdom of Fear' is a collection of essays/memoirs (to be taken with a shaker of salt, obviously) and other short stories that manage to catch a quick glimpse of HST's growing disenchantment with what the US was turning into during the early 2000s. Witty, acid (quite literally) and incisive, this is one of his last works of prose. And what a swansong it is.

    16. hunter is the burning spear. Thompson is the explosive device buried in our deepest fears. S stands for some type of narcotic trip you can never have, and never really grasp as you are a shitless asshole.

    17. I love Hunter S Thompson, and have done so ever since reading 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' when I was a teenager. He was the man who said it as it was, just like Eminem does today.This book is a memoir, a series of events that whisk you along on a symphony of words and conversations composed of absolute truth, salubrious objectivity, keen observation, funniness and gonzo stylishness that has the ability to blow your mind in parts, and shock your senses.As Timothy Ferris notes in the Foreward [...]

    18. I have been a fan of Hunter S. Thompson for many years and with the exception of ScrewJack and The Rum Diary have read all of his books. This book was his final work, I believe, and it showed.Hunter's writing has been described as 'diminished' and it is apparent in this work however it is still better than most. There were moments of brilliance in his stories, like the meeting of Judge Clarence Thomas, to other areas that seemed disjointed or just didn't really stand out.All in all I enjoyed the [...]

    19. I enjoyed it, not as much as say his book on the Hell's Angels though. It was a bit sad to me and I had to remind myself that he always had the paranoia, the booze and the drugs. It wasn't really those things that bothered me. Still it was vignettes of his life, messy and a little bit incoherent rambling yet graced with his Southern Gentility. I guess what bothered me was the state of the nation currently. And the fact that HST would be whizzed into a frothing frenzy of words. Then again maybe n [...]

    20. The Cunts have made a strong power grab in this foul year of our lord 2017, and the good doctor saw them coming 17+ years ago. I understand why he opted out in this garbage century and wish his acerbic insight was still shooting flame throwers at the Christian Wrong and their sick ilk. He didn't foresee the Obama years. I believe he would have enjoyed the all too brief respite. He was a volatile and maybe terrible person but his political insight is unparalleled. His voice was always hilarious a [...]

    21. A mixed bag of writings. Some seemed to be ramblings, however there might not be anyone else more enjoyable to listen to ramble than Thompson. I thought a few were exceptional. My favorite being his experiences at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and his tale starring Clarence Thomas being the runner-up. 3.5 stars.

    22. p. 341: "So welcome to Thunder Road, Bubba. It was one of those movies that got a grip on me when I was too young to resist. It convinced me that the only way to drive was at top speed with a car full of whiskey, and I have been driving that way ever since, for good or ill."RIP HST.

    23. What a great read! I love the way Hunter tells a tale!"Jesus! That is so horrible that I hate to see myself actually writing it. What is wrong with me? Why would even think of a scene like that?"cursed, are those with a dark sense of humour—RIP Hunter, I wish I met you!

    24. A fun read. Not as tight as Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail or Las Vegas but still just the thing to read on ones 65th birthday during strange and weird times, by the father of Gonzo journalism.

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