Proud Highway Hunter Thompson Letter by Douglas Brinkley

Here, for the first time, is the private and most intimate correspondence of one of America’s most influential and incisive journalists — Hunter S. Thompson. In letters to a Who’s Who of luminaries from Norman Mailer to Charles Kuralt, Tom Wolfe to Lyndon Johnson, William Styron to Joan Baez — not to mention his mother, the NRA, and a chain of newspaper editors — Thompson vividly catches the tenor of the times in 1960s America and channels it all through his own razor-sharp perspective. Passionate in their admiration, merciless in their scorn, and never anything less than fascinating, the dispatches of The Proud Highway offer an unprecedented and penetrating gaze into the evolution of the most outrageous raconteur/provocateur ever to assault a typewriter.


Ballentine Books


April 7, 1997

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Praise for The Proud Highway:

“One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, both for his vibrant prose style and his career-long autopsy on the death of the American dream.” — The San Francisco Examiner

“Deliriously entertaining.” — Time

“Brilliantly bizarre…A celebration of the ’60s.” — USA Today

“Enormously humorous… tremendous fun…One of Mr. Thompson’s most significant books.” — The Dallas Morning News

“Wicked humor and bracing political conviction.” — The New York Times

“Extraordinary . . . Thompson was burning with a lovely light that seared these letters with wit, wonder, and insight. . . . These letters . . . could serve as mileposts along the way of where we’ve been and where we are.” — Atlanta Journal & Constitution

“Irresistible…The letters and other fragments in this collection are invested with the same rugged, outspoken individualism as his more public writings, which makes them just as difficult to put down.” — Richard Bernstein, The New York Times 

“A massive and enlightening work, a savage and highly personal history of the late 1960s that will remind readers that Hunter Thompson is a twisted American treasure.” — The Orlando Sentinel