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Freak Kingdom Reviews

Freak Kingdom by Timothy Denevi

Freak Kingdom

Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism

Timothy Denevi

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1 review

Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publication date: 30 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9781541767942

How the gonzo literary journalist became a crusader against Richard Nixon and the threat of fascism in America--and the devastating price his work exacted on his life, his health, and his career

4 stars out of 5
15 Feb 2019

"Denevi’s own rampant writing suits the story he tells. The personal and the political are inextricable."

Denevi’s own rampant writing suits the story he tells. The personal and the political are inextricable. Dipping back in a brief prelude, he sketches out Thompson’s early married life against the backdrop of President Kennedy’s assassination — Thompson’s son Juan Fitzgerald was named for both F. Scott and JFK — before plunging into his thesis that Thompson’s ‘life-defining campaign’ against Nixon’s ‘populism’ (though Thompson himself preferred to call Nixon a Nazi) was ‘sustained by drugs, mania and little else’... Thompson’s crusade lasted far more than a decade. Terry Gilliam, director of the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, celebrates Denevi’s skill in ‘this sympathetic and sharply written “best years of his life” bio’, but any focus on the passionate intensity of Thompson’s political writing should never neglect the beauty of his command of language, and the sweet idealism that never quite left him.