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Songs of the Doomed

More Notes on the Death of the American Dream
Narrated by: Hunter S. Thompson
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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Summary

In this third and most extraordinary volume of the Gonzo Papers, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson recalls high and hideous moments in his 30 years in the passing lane - and no one is safe from his hilarious, remarkably astute social commentary.  

With Thompson's trademark insight and passion about the state of American politics and culture, Songs of the Doomed charts the long, strange trip from Kennedy to Quayle in Thompson's freewheeling, inimitable style. Spanning four decades - 1950 to 1990 - Thompson is at the top of his form while fleeing New York for Puerto Rico, riding with the Hell's Angels, investigating Las Vegas sleaze, grappling with the "Dukakis problem", and finally, detailing his infamous lifestyle bust, trial documents, and Fourth Amendment battle with the law. These tales - often sleazy, brutal, and crude - are only the tip of what Jack Nicholson called "the most baffling human iceberg of our time".

Songs of the Doomed is vintage Thompson - a brilliant, brazen, bawdy compilation of the greatest sound bites of Gonzo journalism from the past 30 years.

©2002 Hunter S. Thompson (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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  • Michael Friedman
  • 17-04-18

Inconsistent but well worth it

Hey, it's Doctor Thompson. It starts unevenly with some fairly incomprehensible meandering thoughts from his unpublished Jellyfish and Rum Diaries. But when he gets to politics and news, he's just about the best. His thoughts as a reporter in Saigon at the end of the war, his musings with a parolee in a library at night, his coverage of Rozanne Pulitzer divorce trial and observations of the wealthy of Palm Beach, Florida and his musings on the 1972 presidential race are brilliant and show Thompson at the top of his game. It is worth slogging through the early fiction for the gems later on. And dedicating the book to the wonderful Rosalie Sorrels who died less than a year go, why that would bring a tear to anyone who ever heard her.

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  • William Bleuel
  • 09-05-12

Poor Production Sinks Great Material

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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Shoddy production (including indecipherable narration by Thompson himself) and shifting narrators (one with a distractingly thick accent) obviously unfamiliar with Thompson's work and style make this production an insult. Save your money.

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  • debra debeers
  • 31-08-19

Hunter being Hunter

Rambling typical Hunter. Talking in stream-of-consciouness style with no point in mind. Nice to hear his voice again, loved the music interspersed throughout. Also loved his detailed descriptions of the effects of the different drugs tried .He was fearless around new and unknown drugs, always taking a massive dose and mixing with other substances and still able to function somewhat.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-03-19

amazing

this is perfect for anyoje who likes huntet thomprson. sorry im drunk but this is greay anyone who says otherwise is a dirty swine

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