Kingdom of Fear (2003) Hunter S. Thompson – 1st Printing

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Thompson, Hunter S.  Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child In the Final Days of the American Century. (Simon and Schuster: New York et al., 2003) First Printing.

Octavo. xx, 354 pages.  Hardcover, quarterbound in brown paper covered boards and black cloth spine stamped in silver.  With dj. Illustrated. Deckle edged.

Condition: DJ shows minor wear on extremities, top edge shows a minor gap as though a small pencil was used as a bookmark for a short time. Overall, Very Good condition.

Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author, and the founder of the gonzo journalism movement. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, to a middle-class family, Thompson had a turbulent youth after the death of his father left the family in poverty. He was unable to formally finish high school as he was incarcerated for 60 days after abetting a robbery. He subsequently joined the United States Air Force before moving into journalism. He traveled frequently, including stints in California, Puerto Rico, and Brazil, before settling in Aspen, Colorado, in the early 1960s.

“Thompson became internationally known with the publication of Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (1967). For his research on the book he had spent a year living and riding with the Angels, experiencing their lives and hearing their stories first-hand. Previously a relatively conventional journalist, with the publication in 1970 of The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved he became a counter cultural figure, with his own brand of New Journalism which he termed “Gonzo”, an experimental style of journalism where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become central figures of their stories. The work he remains best known for, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1971), constitutes a rumination on the failure of the 1960s counterculture movement. It was first serialized in Rolling Stone, a magazine with which Thompson would be long associated, and was released as a film starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro and directed by Terry Gilliam in 1998.

“Thompson’s… penultimate, collection, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child In the Final Days of the American Century, was widely publicized as Thompson’s first memoir; in practice, the text combined new material (including reminiscences of the O’Farrell Theater), selected newspaper and digital clippings, and other older works in the expected fashion. Released in 2003, it was perceived by critics to be an angry, vitriolic commentary on the passing of the American Century, and the state of affairs after the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.” – Wikipedia