Hell's Angels

A Strange and Terrible Saga

Thompson, Hunter S.

Book - 1967
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Hell's Angels

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c1967
Characteristics: 348 p. : 18 cm.


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Feb 26, 2015

Demonstrates clearly what a fine writer HST was. Great tales well told. Along with Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, this provides some terrific insights into the human character with that sense of abandon and humor that Thompson delivered in spades.

Feb 25, 2015

This is the first Hunter S. Thompson book I was able to complete. The others just made me want to tune in, turn on and drop out. Well this one sort of did too, but not in the same way. I appreciate the Angels total lack of give a F&$%, however I don't need the tough guy, outlaw, pirate persona and identity that goes along with their set. I can see how it would appeal to certain types in their 20's seeking identity and clan in a world gone astray. However I guess I just chose to twirl in my 20's instead. I sometimes fantasize still about living a nomadic lifestyle, out on the open road, but I don't need any colors or patches or tribes to make it real or safe. I envision more of an airstream with my wife and Betty by my side. Although I have always been curious about gangs and their culture and this book only piqued my interest more. I think I'll read a few more insider accounts on this run. It looks like I'm changing genres once again

Feb 21, 2015

This piece of Tom Wolfe-style journalism was, in fact, the best thing Thompson ever wrote.

Oct 02, 2012

I first read this as a teenager in the 70's and re-read it to see how it was today. It still holds a certain fascination and gives a good insight to the gang culture from the distance of history and hindsight.

May 02, 2011
  • blackcaesar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hilarious and bizzarre, definatly entertaining but loses steam in the last section. Still a great read though. B+

Jan 17, 2011

d n f - not very exciding read

Nov 26, 2010
  • bigred894 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hunter holds himself back and lets the story tell itself. That's is both good and bad. I am a big fan of his Gonzo-style and must admit I missed it. In "Hell's Angels" his writing style was supplanted by the lifestyle he adopted for a year in order to journalize the "trips" of the notorious California Motorcycle gang. Unless you were previously exposed to some (true) stories of the Hell's Angels, much of this book will be eye-opening for the gang did and didn't do. I hadn't been and only knew the myth perpatrated by the media. Hunter does his best to expose the NY Times, Time Magazine and others for their taget-picking, fear-baiting, if-we-printed-it-it-must-be-real style of reporting and de-myths many of the groups exploits. Hunter focuses his story of two or three "runs" the Angel's take. He captures the anti-social attitudes and behaviors of the gang without judging and relates the booze, pills, sex and thuggery stories without embellishment (or so it seemed to me). Read this book if you've ever wondered what the gang life was like for this group of misfits '60's drop-outs. Read this book if you enjoy HST and his eye for the real story.

Jul 06, 2010
  • cdfisher rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

WOW! Another great book by Hunter. I think everyone needs to read this at least once.


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