Friday, July 20, 2012
The Million Pound Shithammer
As the election rhetoric heats up, I'm reminding of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. How long ago that seems today. I was only 11 at the time, but it was the first campaign I took an interest in, largely because "Scoop" Jackson was from Washington, my home state. Thompson skewers Jackson and just about everyone else in this book. He was particularly harsh on Hubert Humphrey for some reason. McGovern survives unscathed, even if his campaign went down in flames. What a convention that was! It unleashed a Pandora's Box of pent-up emotions and hostilities, leading to irrevocable breaks in the rank and file. I read the paperback years ago, but was lucky enough to find a first edition at a reasonable price at Abebooks.