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Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs  [First Printing] by  Hunter S Thompson - First Edition - 1967 - from BiblioStax (SKU: 020386)

Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs [First Printing]

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Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs [First Printing]

by Thompson, Hunter S

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New York: Random House, 1967. Stated First Printing at copyright page. Rare true first edition in first state wrapper. Black full cloth boards, silver stylized rider on motorcycle at cover, red and silver spine titles, moderate shelf wear. Deckled pages near fine; no writing. Black top-stain, fine. Bind fine; hinges intact. Original first edition jacket, moderate edge wear, crease, rub; unclipped 4.95, protected in new, clear sleeve. Code 1/67 at front flap. Very attractive. Classic jacket design by Joseph Del Gaudio w/front b&w cover shot of hulking Angel's posterior in biker vest w/insignia, and red-tinted portrait at back of an ensconced Hunter in shades. Near fine first printing in near very good wrapper. Thompson's first book is an electrifying tale of the infamous biker gangs in 1960's California. Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels -- Hells Angels, that is. He lives with them, he knows them and their machines, he speaks their language, and he reports back to the world with all the fearsome force of a souped-up cyclone burning rubber. Widely lauded for its up-close and uncompromising look at the Hells Angels motorcycle club during a time when the gang was highly feared and accused of numerous criminal activities. The New York Times described Thompson's portrayal as "a world most of us would never dare encounter." Thompson made his mark with this coverage for The Nation and in turn developed his 'gonzo journalism'. Hell's Angels is a wild adventure that reads like a novel. Rare investment. 278 pages. Printed in the USA. Insured post.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. Illus. by Del Gaudio, Joseph (Jacket Design). 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book.


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On Jan 13 2017, a reader said:
I made a trip to Manhattan to purchase this book at a used book store on Broadway and 13th Street. I had searched high and low to find it. I was not disappointed. Though I purchased the book for about $7 or $8 it is now worth over $700, but I will never part with it. It is an inside look at what it is like to ride with the Hells Angels back in the 60s. That has always been my dream, both asleep and awake. The part I remembered most about the book was Hunter Thompson telling one of the Angels that only a coward would hit his wife. This triggered an attack upon Thompson, which ultimately ended his saga with the group. I remember that the book itself took me about 2 or 3 days to read. Once you pick it up, you cannot put it down. Of all the books I have ever read, it is up there with Dale Carnegie's "How To Stop Worrying and Start Living" and "Alive" the story of the Andes' plane crash survivors.


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Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs [First Printing]
Thompson, Hunter S
Del Gaudio, Joseph (Jacket Design)
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
First Edition
Random House
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

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