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Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga - Hunter S. Thompson

Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

Author Hunter S. Thompson

  • Published: 1975-05-12
  • Category: Social Science
4 Stars
From 15 Customers Review
Price: $12.99


Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels—Hell’s Angels, that is—in this short work of nonfiction.
“California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur. . . The Menace is loose again.”
Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson’s vivid account of his experiences with California’s most notorious motorcycle gang, the Hell’s Angels. In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial Angels, cycling up and down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, “For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson’s book is a thoughtful piece of work.” As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell’s Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend.

From the Hardcover edition.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Dada reads a lot.

    From Levesque131
    Hey maybe we should all take some time and "read" about Hunter before we assume silly things about what he did and didn't do. He did in fact travel with the Hells Angels, among the many unreal things he did. He is arguably one the greatest writers that this generation got to experience. If anyone took in this book and didn't love it... Well I guess maybe we should switch to something around the grade 8 reading level.
  • Hell's Angel Book

    From Mama Reads A Lot
    Wow little wonder there are no reviews. What a colossal waste of money on my part and serious waste of a tree on his part (sorry but I can't refer to him as an author) there is NO WAY HE INFILTRATED the club at any level. What a bunch of drivel. This book is not worthy of a star