Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie

Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie

"Hunter S. Thompson is to drug-addled, stream-of-consciousness, psycho-political black humor what Forrest Gump is to idiot savants."—The Philadelphia Inquirer

Since his 1972 trailblazing opus, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, Hunter S. Thompson has reported the election story in his truly inimitable, just-short-of-libel style. In Better than Sex, Thompson hits the dusty trail again—without leaving home—yet manages to deliver a mind-bending view of the 1992 presidential campaign—in all of its horror, sacrifice, lust, and dubious glory. Complete with faxes sent to and received by candidate Clinton's top aides, and 100 percent pure gonzo screeds on Richard Nixon, George Bush, and Oliver North, here is the most true-blue campaign tell-all ever penned by man or beast.

"[Thompson] delivers yet another of his trademark cocktail mixes of unbelievable tales and dark observations about the sausage grind that is the U.S. presidential sweepstakes. Packed with egocentric anecdotes, musings and reprints of memos, faxes and scrawled handwritten notes...Memorable."--Los Angeles Daily News

"What endears Hunter Thompson to anyone who reads him is that he will say what others are afraid to....[He] is a master at the unlikely but invariably telling line that sums up a political figure....In a year when all politics is—to much of the public—a tendentious and pompous bore, it is time to read Hunter Thompson."—Richmond Times-Dispatch

"While Tom Wolfe mastered the technique of being a fly on the wall, Thompson mastered the art of being a fly in the ointment. He made himself a part of every story, made no apologies for it and thus produced far more honest reporting than any crusading member of the Fourth Estate....Thompson isn't afraid to take the hard medicine, nor is he bashful about dishing it out....He is still king of beasts, and his apocalyptic prophecies seldom miss their target."—Tulsa World

"This is a very, very funny book. No one can ever match Thompson in the vitriol department, and virtually nobody escapes his wrath."—The Flint Journal

Title:Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780345396358
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    Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie Reviews

  • Benjamin Sobieck

    There are two kinds of Hunter S. Thompson fans: Those who get Gonzo tattoos over spring break and those who read his political stuff, like this book. It's the former who embrace the drug-addled mythol...

  • Ellen

    Hunter S. Thompson's brain on drugs circa 1966 - 1980sHunter S. Thompson's brain on drugs - 1990s - 2005 I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that Hunter S. Thompson's reputation won't hold ...

  • Kim

    Re-reading this during election years fills me with a treacherous combination of bitterness, mirth and borderline-hysterical fear. Some things never change.R.I.P. Hunter. I wish you could be here righ...

  • Mark Victor Young

    "No wonder the poor bastards from Generation X have lost their sense of humor about politics. Some things are not funny to the doomed..." Though he tried desperately to avoid it, Hunter S. Thompson in...

  • Dustin Reade

    This wasn't bad. I mean, it is HST, so it is bound to be at least as good as his other, later books, which basically all read like someone trying to write like Hunter S. Thompson.My problems with it w...

  • Nikhil

    The most hilarious book on American politics, bubba. Ye gods! I am convinced that journalism is the career for me. Either that or I'm a clueless bastard heading into the heart of the enemy camp, ready...

  • Kent Winward

    Thompson's romp through the 1992 Presidential campaign was as enjoyable as the title of the book is misleading, since Thompson's conclusion is that sex is actually better than being a political junkie...

  • Aria

    Well, this was fun. Intelligence, sarcasm, & well-done absurdism as only Thompson can offer. ...

  • M.J.L. Evans

    This is the first political book I’ve read and I quite enjoyed it. Being a fan of Fear and Loathing, I enjoy Thompson’s writing style....

  • David

    Some say that the high obtained from a successful political campaign is “better than sex,” but not Hunter S. Thompson. He was certainly a political campaign junkie, but even Thompson couldn’t pl...