The Footloose American

The Footloose American

Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America

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An adventure-filled and thought-provoking travelogue along Hunter S. Thompson's forgotten route through South America

In 1963, twenty-five-year-old Hunter S. Thompson completed a yearlong journey across South America, filing a series of dispatches for an upstart paper called theNational Observer. It was here, on the front lines of the Cold War, that this then-unknown reporter began making a name for himself. The Hunter S. Thompson who would become America's iconic "gonzo journalist" was born in the streets of Rio, the mountains of Peru, and the black market outposts of Colombia.
In The Footloose American, Brian Kevin traverses the continent with Thompson's ghost as his guide, offering a ground-level exploration of twenty-first-century South American culture, politics, and ecology. By contrasting the author's own thrilling, transformative experiences along the Hunter S. Thompson Trail with those that Thompson describes in his letters and lostObserver stories, The Footloose American is at once a gripping personal journey and a thought-provoking study of culture and place.

Baker & Taylor
"An adventure-filled and thought-provoking travelogue along Hunter S. Thompson's forgotten journey through South America. In 1963, twenty-five-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, who would become America's bestselling "gonzo journalist," completed a year-long journey across South America, filing a series of dispatches for a now-defunct paper called the National Observer. With the gritty humor and keen political observations for which he later became known, correspondent Thompson reflected on topics that continue to make headlines today: the rise of leftist populism, struggles over resource extraction, the marginalization of indigenous peoples. In The Footloose American, Brian Kevin traverses the continent with Thompson's ghost as his guide, offering a ground-level exploration of twenty-first-century South American culture, politics, and ecology. By contrasting the author's own thrilling, transformative experiences along the Hunter S. Thompson Trail with those that Thompson describes in his letters and lost Observer stories, The Footloose American is at once a gripping personal journey and a thought-provoking study of culture and place"--

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Kevin tells this tale of journey following the prior path of Hunter S. Thompson. The narrative switches between Kevin’s experience and Thompson’s diaries, making comparisons between 1962 and the modern day as the two trails hug the coast and then cut across South America, winding from Barranquilla to Rio de Janeiro. Along the way he reflects and reports on finances and standard of living, violence, global economics and politics, the drug trade of the region, wildlife, the culture of daily life, race relations and colonialism, communism, agriculture, the Peace Corps presence, and the mindset of the traveler-journalist. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Using the writings of deceased author Hunter S. Thompson, Brian Kevin embarks on a trip across South America and offers a new perspective on South American culture, politics, and ecology.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2014
ISBN: 9780770436377
Branch Call Number: 980 KEV
Characteristics: 372 p. :,map ;,21 cm.

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In 1963 during the height of the Cold War and before gaining fame as America's "gonzo journalist", Hunter S. Thompson traveled through South America and made a name for himself through his dispatches to the New Observer newspaper. Brian Kevin follows in Thompson's footsteps and compares... Read More »


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