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The Great Shark Hunt

By Hunter S Thompson

Recommended by Paul McCabe

Thompson described his work as “gonzo journalism” whereby the writing often becomes as much about the writer as it does the subject and Thompson is never shy of voicing his opinion, particularly when it came to Richard Nixon, for whom he had both a fascination and pathological hatred.

This book is a delight throughout, particularly memorable is the chapter which tells of Thompson and his band of “freaks” putting a radical lawyer up for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado (they lost!).

Basically, it’s a wonderful collection from a masterful writer with a turn of phrase like no other: “If I followed my better instincts right now, I would put this typewriter in the Volvo and drive to the home of the nearest politician -- any politician -- and hurl the goddamn machine through his front window.” Quite.