Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

By Hunter S. Thompson

  • Release Date: 1989-07-17
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 913 Ratings


50th Anniversary Edition • With an introduction by Caity Weaver, acclaimed New York Times journalist

This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page.  It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.

Also a major motion picture directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.


  • Fear & Loathing in LV - HST

    By RVSlk
    Nothing like a waste of ten bucks….This is true crap from a prevailing want to be drug experimenter in the early 70’s….And you wondered where “fake news” come from….Just sayin
  • Top tier writing!

    By JDsail94
    Gonzo style writing speaks for itself. Was truly a delight to read such a profoundly eccentric but delicious book.

    By Dankkdani
    This is the best book I have ever read in my 18 years of life. The first few words rearrange your imagination and set you up for the rest of the trip. And the movie, ohh the movie, it matches up almost perfectly with Thompson’s writing. It’s amazing.
  • An Absolutely Fantastic Book From Cover To Cover!

    By *{My_Name_Is_Mud}*
    By far one of the best pieces of American literature I’ve ever read hands down!!
  • Fear and loathing in Las Vegas

    By Losa 44
    One of the best books I have ever read. I can't believe how amazing this book was.

    By Bcgx7777777777
    Captivating and interesting...
  • Savage and witty

    By TristansHaze
    I've been a Thompson fan for a very long time, and read most of his books, but this is my favorite one. The Terry Gilliam movie version is greatly entertaining but this outshines it by at least 100%, and it is mostly because of the commentary and savage wit. The sense of disillusionment, the horror at the disgusting "respectable "people who populate Vegas at that time and the realization the sixties really are over -- it comes through clear as a death-knell. Read it, but only if you have true grit.
  • Amazing

    By eitRreD
  • Look through the haze

    By NPRlistener90
    I recently read The Rum Diary and enjoyed it. It was my first exposure to HST and his writing style. I had always heard about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas but just never picked up. I don't know why it took me so long. In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Thompson's style and wit are fully developed, rapid, incredibly thoughtful and hilarious! Told through a multi-day binge of drugs, alcohol and numerous other substances (including grapefruits) Thompson's alter ego Raoul Duke and his lawyer Dr. Gonzo set out to chase the allusive "American dream". Many may jump to the conclusion that Fear and Loathing is simply a drugged out ode to excess. While this conclusion is not unfounded, it is more than that. Through the hazy eyes of Duke we see America more clearly. For better or for worse...
  • Fantastic

    By HipsterHill
    This book gives the reader excellent social commentary on the failed love revolution of the late nineteen-sixties, to the back drop of an over zealous drug indulged search for the american dream, in the heart of Las Vegas. This book is reflective, humorous, thought provoking, and completely insane. I recommend this book to anyone willing to ride it out.