For more than 40 years, Rolling Stone was the literary home of the king of gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson. A new book, Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson, collects his finest work for the magazine, selected by his close friend and editor Jann S. Wenner.
The articles start with an account of Thompson’s run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Party ticket in 1970 and end with a piece on the Bush-Kerry election of 2004, with plenty of vintage Thompson in-between, including encounters with Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Carter and — who else? — Richard Nixon.
Check out these samples from the book of Thompson’s vivid — often acid — takes on some of the leading political figures of the past half century.