Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism (Hardcover)

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The story of Hunter S. Thompson's crusade against Richard Nixon and the threat of fascism in America--and the devastating price he paid for it

Hunter S. Thompson is often misremembered as a wise-cracking, drug-addled cartoon character. This book reclaims him for what he truly was: a fearless opponent of corruption and fascism, one who sacrificed his future well-being to fight against it, rewriting the rules of journalism and political satire in the process. This skillfully told and dramatic story shows how Thompson saw through Richard Nixon's treacherous populism and embarked on a life-defining campaign to stop it. In his fevered effort to expose institutional injustice, Thompson pushed himself far beyond his natural limits, sustained by drugs, mania, and little else. For ten years, he cast aside his old ambitions, troubled his family, and likely hastened his own decline, along the way producing some of the best political writing in our history.

This timely biography recalls a period of anger and derangement in American politics, and one writer with the guts to tell the truth.

About the Author

Timothy Denevi is an assistant professor in the MFA program at George Mason University, and the nonfiction editor of Literary Hub. His first book, Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD was published in 2014. He received his MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Time, The Paris Review, and New York Magazine, among others. He has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Tim lives near Washington, DC with his wife and children.

Praise For…

"Timothy Denevi's Freak Kingdom is a high-octane and
elegantly written study of Hunter S. Thompson's fatwah against fascism. The
damn thing is alive with anarchistic and climactically redemptive Gonzo
mischief. A fierce resistance fable for our troubled times!"—Douglas Brinkley, Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, and author of Cronkite

"Hunter Thompson is back and very much alive in this sympathetic and
sharply written 'best years of his life' bio. I loved it."—Terry Gilliam, director of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

"Based not on the Upper West Side or in West Hollywood but in Woody
Creek, Colorado, Hunter S. Thompson got onto the page more of the 1960s and
1970s than any of his contemporaries. In this painstaking, exquisitely
detailed, and impressively balanced book, Timothy Denevi conveys at what
extraordinary cost to Thompson such herculean work was accomplished. If a
writer doesn't aim to cause trouble, why even bother?"—David Shields

"Surreal, astonishing, and at times deeply disturbing, Freak
is a welcome and timely revision to the popular
hagiography of the larger-than-life Hunter S. Thompson depicted by popular
culture. A necessary read for anyone who wishes to understand our
current political moment."—Jennifer Percy, winner of the National Magazine Award and author of Demon Camp

"Timothy Denevi shines a long-overdue light the powerful idealism that
underlies all of Hunter S. Thompson's best writing, and he proves us that
Hunter's writing is just as relevant and important today as it was in the early
70s. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned about our current political
situation, and shows why Hunter's books continue to inspire new generations of
readers."—Juan F. Thompson, author of Stories I Tell Myself: Growing up with Hunter S. Thompson
Product Details
ISBN: 9781541767942
ISBN-10: 1541767942
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication Date: October 30th, 2018
Pages: 416
Language: English