Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

William McKeen (Author)


Hunter S. Thompson detonated a two-ton bomb under the staid field of journalism with his magazine pieces and revelatory Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In Outlaw Journalist, the famous inventor of Gonzo journalism is portrayed as never before. Through in-depth interviews with Thompson's associates, William McKeen gets behind the drinking and the drugs to show the man and the writer--one who was happy to be considered an outlaw and for whom the calling of journalism was life.

Product Details

W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
July 13, 2009
5.4 X 1.2 X 8.1 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

William McKeen, chair of the journalism department at Boston University, has written or edited thirteen books including Outlaw Journalist, Highway 61, and Everybody Had an Ocean.


A definitive biography...[McKeen] presents the life of this gifted yet troubled artist, warts and all, and he also takes the full measure of Thompson's journalistic accomplishment...a comprehensive portrait.
The best record to date of Thompson's life.--Michael Washburn
Essential.--Bret Sokol
This is the Great Red Shark of Hunter biographies. McKeen gives us full frontal HST, horrific and heroic, the class clown of the class war. Read it or die.--Greg Palast
There had to be more to Hunter Thompson than we knew. If you've ever wondered what was behind the sunglasses, drugs, and booze, what was beyond the craziness and the midnight motorcycle rides with no helmet, not even lights, here it is.--Rick Bragg