“Gets it all in: the boozing and drugging . . . but also the intelligence, the loyalty, the inherent decency.” —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
A professor of journalism at the University of Florida, [McKeen] is susceptible to moments of Hunter-worship…but manages to tell Thompson's story in a straightforward way. Certainly, he gets it all in: the boozing and drugging, the histrionics, the womanizing, the violence, but also the intelligence, the loyalty, the inherent decency. Over the long haul, Thompson won't be much more than a footnote in American literary history, but in his day he set off plenty of explosions, and he was a lot of fun to watch. At his best, he was even more fun to read.