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The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America

Brian Kevin
Format
Book
Published
New York : Broadway Books, [2014]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780770436377, 0770436374, 9780770436384 (eBook)
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Summary
"An adventure-filled and thought-provoking travelogue along Hunter S. Thompson's forgotten journey through South America. In 1963, twenty-five-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, who would become America's bestselling "gonzo journalist," completed a year-long journey across South America, filing a series of dispatches for a now-defunct paper called the National Observer. With the gritty humor and keen political observations for which he later became known, correspondent Thompson reflected on topics that continue to make headlines today: the rise of leftist populism, struggles over resource extraction, the marginalization of indigenous peoples. In The Footloose American, Brian Kevin traverses the continent with Thompson's ghost as his guide, offering a ground-level exploration of twenty-first-century South American culture, politics, and ecology. By contrasting the author's own thrilling, transformative experiences along the Hunter S. Thompson Trail with those that Thompson describes in his letters and lost Observer stories, The Footloose American is at once a gripping personal journey and a thought-provoking study of culture and place"--
Contents
  • Weekend at Bernie's
  • After the time of cholera
  • Sex, violence, and golf
  • Gringolandia
  • His once-great empire
  • Notes from underground
  • Hope for the Mato Grosso
  • An unaffected America
  • One for the road
  • Un paseño.
Description
372 pages ; 21 cm
Technical Details
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