Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness: Modern History from the Sports Desk

By Hunter S. Thompson


Insightful, incendiary, outrageously superb, such used to be the fellow who galvanized American journalism together with his radical principles and gonzo strategies. For over part a century, Hunter S. Thompson devastated his readers along with his acerbic wit and uncanny snatch of politics and heritage. His reign as "The Unabomber of up to date letters" (Time) is extra mythical than ever with whats up Rube. worry, greed, and motion abound during this hilarious, thought-provoking compilation as Thompson doles out searing indictments and uproarious rants whereas delivering statement on politics, intercourse, and activities -- from time to time all within the related column.

With an enlightening foreword via ESPN government editor John Walsh, critics' favorites, and never-before-published columns, hi there Rube follows Thompson in the course of the starting of the recent century, revealing his queasiness over the 2000 election ("rigged and glued from the start"); his tackle expert activities (to increase significant League Baseball "eliminate the pitcher"); and his myriad arguable evaluations and brutally sincere observations on concerns plaguing the USA -- together with the Bush management and the inequities in the American judicial procedure.
Hey Rube provides us an enduring examine the gonzo journalist in his so much natural shape -- unbridled, astute, and irreverent.


"Punctuated by means of moments of awesome iconoclasm, in addition to profound questions for our age."
-- San Francisco Chronicle

"Thompson is a certainly particular determine in American journalism, an excellent comedian author and a ferociously outspoken social and political critic."
-- The Washington Post

"You can't support yet be completely satisfied that once all of it hit the fan, Hunter S. Thompson was once operating the activities Desk."
-- the hot York Sun

"This compilation...has worry and loathing in it, after all, yet underneath its ornery doomsday facade is a message of desire: What occurs within the stadiums and box homes of the United States is perhaps past your keep an eye on, yet what occurs within the urban councils and statehouses is as much as you."
-- Playboy

From Booklist
Thompson is, after all, the writer of a number of big apple instances best-selling books, together with worry and Loathing in Las Vegas (1972), that is possibly his such a lot without difficulty famous one. he's the nice and well-known practitioner of so-called gonzo journalism, this means that, no less than by means of the definition set right here in his most recent choice of journalistic items, statement within which his ruminations move a long way prior the thought-provoking into the nation-states of the audacious, preposterous, and outrageous. particularly, what's accumulated listed below are Thompson's renowned ESPN.com columns; extra particularly, the essays are approximately activities occasions and figures and what activities capacity in today's society, yet he makes use of the vast topic of activities to release into commenting humorously, fiercely, and rather intelligently on politics and intercourse. He calls being a political candidate "living in Public Housing"; he sees the demise of NASCAR driving force Dale Earnhardt as being publicly perceived as a message that anything is inaccurate with the "machinery of the yankee nation"; and he avers that "the global state of affairs has turn into so fearful and improper that mess ups that will were impossible years in the past are virtually standard today."

From Publishers Weekly
This selection of rants and reflections, taken from the king of gonzo journalism's new activities column at ESPN.com, monitors an power and humor missing in a few of his more moderen collections and may please either his previous and new fanatics tremendously. Thompson has admitted being as a lot a activities enthusiast as a political junkie, and those columns supply many hard-hitting yet undeniable sportswriter insights, akin to how a activities Illustrated hide on Boston crimson Sox megastar Nomar Garciaparra featured a "cynically homoerotic image." A sidebar on "New ideas for Baseball" ("Eliminate the Pitcher") isn't just humorous but additionally an astute critique of ways uninteresting he believes baseball has turn into. yet Thompson by no means loses sight of his larger photo: "The in simple terms precise Blood game during this kingdom is high-end Politics." His view of George Bush—"a half-bright soccer trainer who is going right into a massive video game and not using a video game Plan"—can occasionally be repetitious. yet he hasn't misplaced his ability as a reporter: e.g., his description of the "exact moment" whilst he knew Gore might by no means win Florida—when the Bush family members seemed on television "hooting & sneering on the dumbness of the entire world" that they'd allow Florida slip away.

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