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Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Juli 2009

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National Public Radio
“This amusing collection pulls from 30 years of conversations and reveals the gonzo journalist to be much more of a craftsman than he is often given credit for being. It would, in fact, make a great gift to any budding journalist.”

“What better way to explore any mind (and perhaps especially a mind, like Thompson’s, as warped as it was brilliant) than to go straight to the source?...The interviews in this book capture the outlaw journalist at every glorious twist in the road…This book contains Thompson at his peak, with all the cryptic wit and irony that made him one of America's true literary greats. A must-read for any Thompson aficionado.”

A.V. Club, 7/16/09
“The best items in Gonzo Wisdom are among the straightest: a gratifyingly sober 1979 confab with Washington Journalism Review, and the classic Playboy interview finished right after Nixon’s resignation. Wild and funny though he was, Thompson was always serious about his writing.”

New York Times Paper Cuts book blog, 7/20/09
“The book is fun to rummage around in.”

Creative Loafing Daily Loaf blog, 7/14/09
“A substantial new volume…A solid and indispensible record of Hunter S. Thompson’s public life as a writer.”

Tucson Citizen, Shelf Life blog, 8/5/09
“Arranged in chronological order, the interviews provide remarkable insight into the thinking of this extraordinary man.”

Library Journal, 9/1/09
“All of [the interviews] emphasize Thompson’s flamboyant and exaggerated style. His fervent base of fans will want this book.”, 8/27/09
“Recently, Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson, another book collecting Thompson’s essential interviews was published, and with Ancient Gonzo Wisdom coming so close after that, you might think that there’s a glut of the good doctor out there. Fortunately, there are only a couple of overlapping interviews between the two, and because Anita Thompson has done such an extensive excavation of the Thompson archives—including transcribing rare broadcast interviews in addition to his most important interviews from the publication of Hell’s Angels right up through the months before his death in 2004—this is the vital volume…Trying to pick out the best, or most interesting, interviews here is, of course, impossible. Thompson’s mind is so sharp, his responses so detailed, his considerable charm consistently outpaces his crankiness, even in the later years that it’s hard even to choose a favorite… Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson is as close as we as readers can get to having Thompson as a conversational companion. It’s challenging and clever, frustrating and funny, and it’s a great companion to his canon.”

WNTI Radio website, Hackettstown, NJ, 8/25/09
“Thompson has done all fans of the 'Good Doctor' a favor in compiling these interviews…Ancient Gonzo Wisdom provides a close and personal look at the great gonzo journalist.”

Roanoke Times, 8/23
“Thompson may have seemed to treat Q&As like a lark, but he used them to promote an image of himself, increasingly that of a crazed, politically obsessed Yosemite Sam behind a typewriter. That persona is on full display in Ancient Gonzo Wisdom, a career-spanning collection of interviews, transcripts and profiles…Ancient is a solid overview.”

Waterbury’s Republican-American, 9/6
“Worthy of being placed on the shelf alongside [Thompson’s] reportage and letters, to put a lie to the image that he was an out of control madman who got by on attitude alone. Indeed, the real lesson upon reading this book is that Thompson was as serious a journalist as we had in this country over the past four decades.” and, 9/8
“A marvelous read for fans…Hunter, by way of his editor and widow Anita Thompson, presents an autobiography of sorts through his responses to questions in print, in a lecture hall, on television, and online. Anita does a great job providing footnotes to make clear what is being discussed in the conversations…Provide[s] a very good portrait of the man and his work.” 

New York Press 9/9
“Features previously unpublished interviews from 1974 to 2005 studded with outrageous anecdotes and quotes and some plain-old folk wisdom from the ‘Doctor,’ as he liked to call himself.”, 10/9
“An important part of any library dedicated to The Doctor of Divinity, The Creator of Gonzo Journalism, the man that faced ‘The Fear’ headlong and survived…The book is a superb chronological collection of interviews…The interviews used here in this fine collection are wide ranging…With a collection as good as Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson we get a good glimpse inside the literary giant that created Gonzo Journalism.”

Sinning in L.A., 12/28/09
“With many turns as well as consistencies, the book provides a look at the man behind the typewriter…Sometimes dark and distant, but usually very witty and charming, he’s allowed to show himself, rather than the cartoon caricature that had been created of him by others.”


Bristling with inspired observations and wild anecdotes, this first collection offers a unique insight into the voice and mind of the inimitable Hunter S. Thompson, as recorded in the pages of Playboy, The Paris Review, Esquire, and elsewhere. Fearless and unsparing, the interviews detail some of the most storied episodes of Thompsons life: a savage beating at the hands of the Hells Angels, talking football with Nixon on the 1972 Campaign Trail (the only time in 20 years of listening to the treacherous bastard that I knew he wasnt lying), and his unlikely run for sheriff of Aspen. Elsewhere, passionate tirades about journalism, culture, guns, drugs, and the law showcase Thompsons voice at its fiercest. Arranged chronologically, and prefaced with Anita Thompsons moving account of her husbands last years, the interviews present Hunter in all his fractured brilliance and provide an exceptional portrait of his times.

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Hunter Thompson's Wisdom: Wonderful! 25. Juni 2010
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This collection of Dr. Thompson's interviews over a period of several years reflects his essential, irascible attitude. His widow, Anita Thompson, who assembled and edited this important work, has unique insight into the real Hunter behind the Gonzo image.
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An Immovable Force 9. Oktober 2009
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Thompson's shining Gonzo Intellect is displayed here with humor and insight. Thompson was a seer, a visionary, an immovable force of which our culture will have to contend with for decades to come. His interviews read like his prose - evidence that what you read in print was the Good Doctor himself without pretense, without a mask. The earth's axis has shifted since his departure and we are all at a loss with his absence.
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FANTASTIC 23. April 2012
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Hunter S. Thompson is one of the most brilliant minds to have ever existed! As I sat reading this incredible compilation of his interviews I was engulfed in the Doctor's world...Definitely worth the read!
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Hunter LIVES in his timeless writing 29. Mai 2010
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This book is fabulous the Interviews allow one to see his genius though his eyes not just his published work
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Gonzo Wisdom 12. August 2009
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Always interesting and often funny, Hunter Thompson rations answers to helpless interviewer's and public forum's questions giving insight to his writing, lifestyle, philosophies and opinions from the 70's till just before his passing in 2005. A wealth of nutritional info and sages for our times included as well.
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