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Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

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Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

by Hunter S Thompson

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E-087: Random House. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1967. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Hardcover. 8vo. Random House, New York. 1967. 278 pgs. First Edition/First Printing. DJ has shelf-wear present to the DJ extremities (closed tears present to the front panel along the front flap, small chip present to the crown of the DJ spine). Previous owner's stamp present to the FFEP. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. “California, Labor Day weekend . . . Early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur. . . The Menace is loose again. ” Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson’s vivid account of his experiences with California’s most notorious motorcycle gang, the Hell’s Angels. In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial Angels, cycling up and down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, “For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson’s book is a thoughtful piece of work. ” As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell’s Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend. E-087; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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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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Bookseller
Last Exit Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
56108
Title
Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
Author
Hunter S Thompson
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good in Very Good dust jacket
Edition
First Edition; First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Random House
Place of Publication
E-087
Date published
1967

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