Hilarious, terrifying, insightful, and compulsively readable, these are the articles that Hunter S. Thompson wrote for Rolling Stone magazine while covering the 1972 election campaign of President Richard M. Nixon and his unsuccessful opponent, Senator George S. McGovern. Hunter focuses largely on the Democratic Party's primaries and the breakdown of the national party as it splits between the different candidates.
With drug-addled alacrity and incisive wit, Thompson turned his jaundiced eye and gonzo heart to the repellent and seductive race for president, deconstructed the campaigns, and ended up with a political vision that is eerily prophetic
In January 1972, just one month into a 12-month assignment to cover the presidential campaign for Rolling Stone magazine, Hunter S. Thompson was exhibiting signs of burnout. "Jesus! This gibberish could run on forever and even now I can see myself falling into the old trap that plagues every writer who gets sucked into this rotten business," he wrote in one of his biweekly submissions, later collected as Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 . "You find yourself getting fascinated by the drifts and strange quirks of the game. Even now, before I've even finished this article, I can already feel the compulsion to start handicapping politics and primaries like it was all just another fat Sunday of pro football.... After several weeks of this you no longer give a flying [bleep] who actually wins; the only thing that matters is the point-spread."