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About Hunter S. Thompson
Hunter S. Thompson was born in Louisville, Kentucky. A hell-raiser from the beginning, during his twenties Thompson moved quickly through a series of magazine and newspaper jobs – from TIME and The National Observer to a bowling magazine in Puerto Rico, where wrote his first book, "The Rum Diary,” which remained unpublished until the late 90s.

Thompson is best known as the godfather of Gonzo Journalism. Taking the New Journalism of the 60s one step further, Thompson to to the heart of the action by becoming the star of his own reporting—whether by cycling with America's toughest motorcycle gang, the "Hell's Angels,” or downing a frightening collection of psychedelics in the name of the American Dream. In 1970, Hunter S. Thompson ran for Sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, the nearest city to his 100-acre farm in Woody Creek, and only narrowly lost. He contributed articles to Rolling Stone for many years, and ran a weekly sports column for ESPN Online. His books include "Hell's Angels,” "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72,” "The Great Shark Hunt,” "The Curse of Lono,” "Songs of the Doomed,” "Better than Sex,” "Generation of Swine,” "The Proud Highway,” "The Rum Diary,” "Fear and Loathing in America,” "Screwjack,” "The Kingdom of Fear,” "Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone,” and "Hey Rube.” Thompson died in 2005.

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