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July's Book
Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
by Hunter S. Thompson

Back cover, 1996 Ballantine Books trade paperback:

The barbarians are no longer at the city gates ... They are in the city! And Hunter S. Thompson, America’s most brazen and ballsy journalist, tells their story as no one else can!


“A close view of a world most of us would never dare encounter.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“For all its uninhibited tone and its sardonic humor Thompson’s book is a thoughtful piece of work.... He was not gulled by their self-conscious shock tactics or the mountebank obscenities they practice in public.”
—The New Yorker

“Thompson is a spirited, witty, observant, and original writer.”
—Eliot Fremont-Smith, The New York Times

“Shattering ... A truly rough, stomach-turning, yet fascinating view of Pop Sociology.”
—The New Yorker


Hunter S. Thompson is a freelance writer from San Francisco, Aspen, and points east. His research on the Hell’s Angels involved more than a year of close association with the outlaws—riding, loafing, plotting, and eventually being stomped. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he began writing as a sports columnist in Florida. He started his first novel while studying at Columbia University in New York City. Since then he has worked on newspapers and magazines in New York, San Juan, and Rio de Janeiro. His articles have appeared in The Reporter, The Nation, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. He is also the author of Better Than Sex.

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