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Generation of Swine: Gonzo Papers Vol. 2,…
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Generation of Swine: Gonzo Papers Vol. 2, Tales of Shame and Degredation… (original 1988; edição 1988)

por Hunter S. Thompson

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Gonzo Papers vol. 2 Most smart people tend to feel queasy when the conversation turns to things like certain death and total failure and the idea of a doomed generation. But not me. I am comfortable with these themes. Hunter S. Thompson, celebrated author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, has been writing a weekly column for the San Francisco Examiner for the last two years. Those columns are collected here to offer a chronicle of the adventures of a Generation of Swine. The incomparable Dr Gonzo has journeyed no small distance in search of intelligent life and reports back, instead, on the demented state of current events. He keeps tabs on the 1998 presidential race, quotes from the Bible (reference books in hotel rooms are supplied exclusively by the Gideons) and asks why the President appears to be a hundred and twenty-eight years old.… (mais)
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Título:Generation of Swine: Gonzo Papers Vol. 2, Tales of Shame and Degredation in the 80's
Autores:Hunter S. Thompson
Informação:Summit Books (1988), Hardcover
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Etiquetas:gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson, 80's, Reagan era politics, political reporting, expose, dirty politics

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In "A Generation of Swine" Hunter S. Thompson turns his sharp and angry wit upon the 1980s, particularly the Regan administration,, through the rise of "Greed is Good" economics and the Iran-Contra scandal, up until the Iran-Iraq War.

It is, beyond a doubt, an excellent book. It's not as sharp as volume 1 of the Gonzo papers, but Volume 1 had some of his most famous stuff (that wasn't written explicitly for other books) in there - his article about racial tensions in California and his meeting with Oscar Acosta, covering the Kentucky Derby with Ralph Steadman, etc.

Nonetheless, this is excellent work from Hunter, and I whole heartedly recommend it. ( )
  Count_Zero | Jul 7, 2020 |
“Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

Love me some HST! He even mentions my home town of Novato on page 20! Man, I wish I had been at THAT party!!! He mentions Novato again on page 135 - remembering the good ol’ Sonomarin Adult Drive-In theater, a place I would strain my neck to the limit of human endurance just to get a glimpse of the screen every time our car passed by on the 101, when I was a young teen! He then mentions Ignacio, which is a subsection of Novato, on pages 200 and 201! How did I miss this guy?

The pieces in here span the time period from December 9, 1985 to November 22, 1988. So it chronicles the horrible reign of Ronald Reagan's second term, and the election of his lackey, George Bush. Disgusting, both of them, and their 'handlers'. Hunter points out that the Republican presidents - Nixon, Reagan, and Bush - all had major scandals - Watergate and the Iran/Contra Affair. He didn't know that Bush's son would have 9/11 and his illegal war on Iraq, and that Trump would try to destroy the USA in less than four years. 5 Republican presidents, 5 horrible, treason-filled presidencies. Ye gods.

Joe Biden in ‘88? Wow, I had no idea. And here he is, on the cusp of the Presidency in 2020. Hopefully...

“Some people are bent like Joe Theismann’s leg, but few of them work for the Redskins, and nobody takes them to a hospital when their bones erupt through their flesh.”

Writing like the above is why I enjoy HST so much! He’ll say anything, no matter how messed up or whacked out. One of my favorites in here is the Herschel Walker net! Hilarious! Ye gods!
My favorite thing about reading this book is remembering how criminal the Reagan administration was. History, especially on the right, seems to not remember this - at all. But, from '86 on, he was as crooked as Nixon and about half of Trump, and he and his handlers deserved to be in prison, as did Nixon and his cronies, and as does Trump and his chorus of evil. I'm so glad this book exists! It proves, to me, that I wasn't remembering it wrong! Thanks HST!

“In a generation of swine, the one-eyed pig is king.” ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | May 17, 2020 |
Although The Curse of Lono already started to fall into self-parody, it was still pretty funny. Family members gifted me this one and Songs of the Doomed, and they really aren't Thompson at his best; not nearly. Stick to the stuff published before this one, or his collections of writings that predate the 80's. ( )
1 vote nog | Oct 1, 2017 |
The 1988 presidential race, and some lesser journalism. It is interesting to see what HST gets up to when there's not much going on. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Dec 14, 2013 |
As far as I'm concerned Hunter can do no wrong ! One man's drivel is another man's masterpiece . A consumate genius I love all of his work :) ( )
  AuroraW | Aug 31, 2010 |
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Gonzo Papers vol. 2 Most smart people tend to feel queasy when the conversation turns to things like certain death and total failure and the idea of a doomed generation. But not me. I am comfortable with these themes. Hunter S. Thompson, celebrated author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, has been writing a weekly column for the San Francisco Examiner for the last two years. Those columns are collected here to offer a chronicle of the adventures of a Generation of Swine. The incomparable Dr Gonzo has journeyed no small distance in search of intelligent life and reports back, instead, on the demented state of current events. He keeps tabs on the 1998 presidential race, quotes from the Bible (reference books in hotel rooms are supplied exclusively by the Gideons) and asks why the President appears to be a hundred and twenty-eight years old.

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