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Publisher's Summary

Originally published in 1979, the first volume of the best-selling "Gonzo Papers" is now back in print. The Great Shark Hunt is Dr. Hunter S. Thompson's largest and, arguably, most important work, covering Nixon to napalm, Las Vegas to Watergate, Carter to cocaine. These essays offer brilliant commentary and outrageous humor, in signature Thompson style. Ranging in date from the National Observer days to the era of Rolling Stone, The Great Shark Hunt offers myriad, highly charged entries, including the first Hunter S. Thompson piece to be dubbed "gonzo" - "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved," which appeared in Scanlan's Monthly in 1970. From this essay a new journalistic movement sprang which would change the shape of American letters. Thompson's razor-sharp insight and crystal clarity capture the crazy, hypocritical, degenerate, and redeeming aspects of the explosive and colorful '60s and '70s.
©1979 Hunter S. Thompson (P)2013 Recorded Books
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-26-13

Like HST but...

Would you try another book from Hunter S. Thompson and/or Scott Sowers?

I like some of HST's work, but I found the narration grating and it put me off. The guy just sounds like an agitated jerk, which HST was, but I wouldn't listen to either one for any longer than I had to. Sounds a bit like Sam Kinneson hollering at you for 24 hours.

Would you recommend The Great Shark Hunt to your friends? Why or why not?

No, bad narration and if you're under 60 years old, it is hard to relate to the Nixon era articles.

How could the performance have been better?

Do it a little bit straighter with only some agitation when necessary, not constant.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

bought the ticket, took the ride

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By GanjaPlanta on 11-14-14

good hunter compilation

If you could sum up The Great Shark Hunt in three words, what would they be?

a great compilation

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Shark Hunt?

hunter and ralph steadman at the kentucky derby

What does Scott Sowers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

an excitable and angry attitude just like hunter in real life

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the obituary he wrote for "tricky dick"

Any additional comments?

very entertaining, only thing that takes away from it was the many redundancies from his other works

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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