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Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga [Kindle Edition]

Hunter S. Thompson
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'There are only two adjectives writers care about any more - "brilliant" and "outrageous" - and Hunter has a freehold on both of them.' Tom Wolfe 'The first rock-star writer' Guardian


Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels--Hell's Angels, that is. He's lived with them, he knows them and their machines, he speaks their langauge,and he reports it back to the world with all the fearsome force of a souped-up cyclone burning rubber.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Nice. 26. April 2000
There isn't much here to learn about the Hell's Angels if you're already familiar with them. If you're not familiar with them, and you want to learn about them, just about any other Hell's Angels book will tell you as much. The difference is in the storyteller. Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Usually when you read or hear something like this, you're told by some raving pompous reporter, reminiscent of Robert Downey Jr.'s character in Natural Born Killers who tries to hit hard and scare you. Thompson plays it cool with his usual wit and insight. That's what makes this book worth a read. Thompson understood the Hell's Angels. He road with them, made friends. From Thompson, you always read the truth in its truest form you can read. What he found through his adventures with them made for what was indeed a strange and terrible saga.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best books I have read all year 17. Mai 1999
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The book Hell's Angels, by Hunter S. Thompson, is one of the best books I have read all year. The one thing that effected my liking to this book was not the description, it was not the plot, and it was not the excessive sex, drugs and alcohol. It was the fact that Hunter Thompson was living with the actual Hell's Angels for almost two years, for the sake of journalism. Hunter Thompson is by far no saint (as you might know if you read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), but some of the things that were done in the time period that Thompson was living with them were down right sinister. Behind all the rape and the pillaging and the absolute destruction of human beings were the Neanderthals, that would strike fear in the heart of any decent, hard working American. The book goes into great detail about the ways that the press can manipulate a story, and the way that can mislead the reader, and the results of this. The worst thing about this is that a lot of the Angels had things happen to them that they were completely innocent of, but just the mere fact that they were Hell's Angels made them the enemy. In no way am I condoning any of the actions that some of the Angels partook in, but there is a large difference between committing the crime, and being friends with the people that committed the crime. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever wondered what lies on the dark side of society, and to any one with a strong stomach. Thompson is an excellent writer and does go into (sometimes obscenely excessive) detail.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gonzo Goes Hog Wild 2. Juli 1997
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Roll up your sleeves boys and girls, if you read Hell's Angels the Doctor is going to inject you with a dosage of Outlaw Reality and Hog Rage as it were. The Hell's Angels are the last vestiges of the American Outlaw, 1%'s they're called, outside the outside, committed to a life of Freedom, punctuated by violence, booze, barbituates, indiscriminate sex and of course cruising the Amercian Wastelands on their Great Metallic Steeds, stripped down Harley Davidson's known affectionately as Hogs.
Hunter S. is in his own right a one percenter. This book shows the Dr. of Gonzo's journalistic zeal, as he braves the world of the Angels, driving not a Hog as he should but a Dark Shadow. This is only too perfect as Hunter is the dark specter following the dastardly deeds of these bastard bikers. This book displays Hunter's ballsy journalism, as well as allowing him to focus on a central theme that would go on to pervade his other works: the outlaw and his importance to American society, a society that is dredged to the hilt with phonies, gutless wonders, souless greedmongers, hypocrites, cowards, politicians and other scum, capitalisitc, bureacratic, pig-like and otherwise. Hell's Angels is the journalistic calm that precedes the storm of hallucinagenic brilliance that was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. So one way or the other let the Doctor of Gonzo vaccinate your mind from the mindless surge that makes up the money grubbing, TV watching majority of this Great Country of Ours
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The stroy behind the emergence of Raoul Duke 1. Februar 1999
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This book, which is a fine read, seems to not quite follow the trend of dialogue style of the more recent Thompson books. It is much more of a documentary then a commentary. Hunter blazes off in a convertible following the ruthless swine who were the California Hell's Angels. The book documents a year that took place in the mid-sixties. Hunter tries his hardest to paint the Angels as innocent of various charges such as murder, kidnapping, and rape; he admits of course that they were there, but things usually just got out of hand, naturally. He became close friiends with a few and truely felt that there was an appeal of belonging to the tight nit group, that had more order to it than it was actually given credit for. This was the first point in his life that Hunter habitually used hard drugs, and I have to say that, personally, I think this was the adnventure that twisted our beloved Dr. Gonzo. The adventure comes to a sudden end as Hunter gets stomped senseless by a couple of Angels he didn't know to well. The moral of the story? The edge is out there, and no one strives to discover it more than the Hell's Angels, except maybe Hunter S. Thompson.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thompson's most overlooked, and best, work 23. März 1997
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I'm always surprised when fans of the great Doctor tell me they haven't read Hell's Angels. Sure, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is probably his most humorous work, and some say it is the most profound. Fair enough. But Hell's Angels has much more substance, and it has a sort of historical significance about it for Thompson fans. It is the story not only of the famous biker gang, but, on a less obvious level, the events that shaped the character of Hunter S. Thompson and made him a true master of modern literature. It also shows what a gutsy journalist can do (and become) when he throws himself into a story. I've been a journalist going on 12 years now, and I blame Thompson for my sorry fate. Reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas when I was a high school senior led me to this "low trade," as the good Doctor would put it, but reading "Hell's Angels" several years ago reminded me why I chose this field and gave me the guts to stick with it, despite having to work for a wimpy newspaper publisher who eventually fired me for stirring up too much trouble with businesses owned or controlled by his millionaire friends. Thanks, Hunter. You bastard
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A really fascinating read
I knew Hunter Thompson mainly from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and I was actually expecting to be disappointed from this book, as I have no interest in motorcycles or motorcycle... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. Juli 2011 von Ivy
5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant und ungewöhnlich
Gonzo Journalismus, von Hunter S. Thompson begründet, ist eine Berichtsform, die den Autoren ins Geschehen einbezieht und so eine spezielle Authentizität erzeugt. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Februar 2011 von Marcus S.
3.0 von 5 Sternen gonzo....
Thompson versucht eine reale Story mit einigen unterschiedlichen Handlungssträngen miteinander zu verbinden, manchmal aber nicht immer gelingt ihm das auch. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. September 2009 von Mr. Anonymous
5.0 von 5 Sternen Detailreiche Beschreibung der Anfangsjahre der Hells Angels
Dieses buch gehört wahrscheinlich zu den besten Büchern die Thompson geschrieben hat.Ich finde es sehr gut wie Thompson seine persönlichen Erfahrungen mit... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Oktober 2001 von Jürgen Schrader
3.0 von 5 Sternen NOT BAD, NOT GREAT
Hunter Thompson's adventures with the notorious cycle gang lasted about a year and yielded some fine, exciting stories. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 20. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen not one of his greatest
the summery of this story says its about the year hunter s. thompson spent with the hells angels, which anyone who read any of his later works would definatly want to read. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Juli 2000 von Rusty Roberts
5.0 von 5 Sternen Hunter's Angels
I just gave this another read after having first read it in the seventies. It lacks Hunter's usual wit but offers a clear picture of those tumultuos times. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Mai 2000 von Christopher Happ
5.0 von 5 Sternen A masterpiece of underground journalism
Written before Thompson freaked out on drugs and went truly Gonzo, "Hell's Angels" is instead a great piece of reporting. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Mai 2000 von Brian D. Rubendall
5.0 von 5 Sternen "Holy Mary Mother of God! Thompson is genius!"
I have read many a book...but so far this one takes the cake, and the birthday candles! Turned on to Hunter S. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. Mai 2000 von Michael Kording
5.0 von 5 Sternen Best book on the subject
I've read the other reviews and it seems like everyone is comparing this book to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which is a mistake. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 18. März 2000 veröffentlicht
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