Outlaw Journalist

A Biography

New York: W.W. Norton, 2008

When Hunter S. Thompson killed himself, I was on the call list for reporters putting together obituaries and tributes. In my comments, I did my best to rescue this great and under-appreciated writer from caricature. It was my brilliant wife who said, “Honey, that’s your next book.” I resisted the been-there-done-that cliché — because it is one of the most loathsome clichés I know — and decided to do what I had always wanted to do: update my 1991 book on Hunter and again try to focus more attention on the art, less attention on the antics. I think it works.

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