Proud Highway by Hunter S. Thompson

Proud Highway

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 th...

Details Proud Highway

TitleProud Highway
Release DateAug 1st, 2012
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Writing, Journalism

Reviews Proud Highway

  • Charlotte Barry
    Imagine having your dream job of writing, only to be fired 10 times in a row, to then squander in poverty for 10 years with your wife and child, following your dream.... only to become famous for putting yourself in the center of a true story about the Hells Angels where you were almost beaten to death. Hunter lived an extraordinary life, and this hilarious book gives a behind the scenes look from his own Letters. Incredibly, Hunter kept copies o...
  • Nicholas
    I started reading this four or five years ago,got about a fifth of the way through it and put it on the shelf.I guess I was wanting drug addled ranting at the time which is not really what this book is made of.However on picking the book up again recently in a more open and mature state of mind I found it to be a thoroughly good insight into the mans character and sometimes dire (mostly self-inflicated) situations he faced as a young man learning...
  • Mike
    I told a friend recently that this is probably my favorite of Thompson’s books that I’ve read. Then he asked me a question that for some reason I wasn’t expecting: why? I’m not quite sure, but I think part of it is the artlessness of letters as opposed to entertainment...or maybe more importantly the sense of companionship they offered me while I was traveling this summer. This doesn’t mean they’re not entertaining; but they’re also...
  • Craig
    Municipal Court Magistrate, Town Hall, West Milford, NJ November 6, 1959:"Dear Sir, Earlier today I was given a summons to appear before your court on November 9, on a charge of 'leaving the scene of an accident.' I shall have to decline this appearance, and I hope this letter will explain why. By November 9, I shall be well out of the state of New Jersey, but I don't want to leave without explaining my position..." "So, faced with a choice of pa...
  • Laura
    If theres only one thing youre ever going to read by this man, make it this. Its his life biography, written in real time in prolific letters to everyone and anyone who would listen in his life. if you want to learn anything about hunter s. here is the best place to do it with the most accuracy. its amazing.
  • Ben Goodridge
    Hunter S. Thompson is Decadent and DepravedMy entry vector to the world of Hunter S. Thompson was the film version of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," which I watched in a somewhat altered state, having been awake for nearly 36 hours on a bus trip from Georgia that left me too exhausted to take out my frustrations on anything. Possibly the only way to watch "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is in a state of severe sleep deprivation.Later, after r...
  • Austin Savill
    Interesting to see Hunter's early life and reaction to some of the big events in his life from the letters perspective instead of as an article or story.
  • Jake
    I wouldn't normally recommend a book of correspondence, but when it's Hunter S. Thompson the normal can be thrown out the window. As a young man in high school, he showed his incredible arrogance/confidence in saving almost everything he wrote, making carbon copies of his letters and noting that they would someday be published in book form, years before tasting any sort of fame. This book of letters reads almost like fiction. Hunter is forced to ...
  • Tommy
    This may be my favorite Hunter Thompson book. It's a collection of letters (he saved carbons of everything he ever wrote) from a young writer, not yet proven, but cocksure and brash as they come. He reaches out to publishers, politicians, and friends as he begins to carve a niche as a journalist and novelist. It's his most honest writing, and as all these letters were written before his legend had surpassed his talent, you don't get the 'Gonzo' t...
  • David
    This is a book for those who love literature, especially Hunter S Thompsons work. The hundreds of letters that make up this book show his many moods and his honesty. Thompson was critical of himself and others, but not in a nasty way. Well, yes, he could be a complete pain in the arse, but he always seems to apologise for rudeness if it's to people he cares about. Those who are called to account without mercy are usually unimaginative dolts who l...
  • Michelle
    My last exposure to Hunter S. Thompson was in high school, when I read the Rum Diary and of course Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; it's not to say I wasn't impressed, but after reading the Proud Highway I am completed..enamored..? by Thompson's writing. Nothing can be more insightful than this amazing collection of his correspondences, and of course his letters are incredibly well-written, politically charged at times and there are even a couple ...
  • Ali
    If you want to understand what it took to give birth to Gonzo journalism, read this book. Hunter S. Thompson, the man most people know as a drug crazed mad man who answers to no one, has to start somewhere. This book tells the story of a man trying to get his start as a writer and eventually succeeding in piecing together the beginnings of something beautiful. As a bonus, this book also reveals much about HST as a reader.
  • furious
    i started reading this when i was working w/ Suave at the library in glassboro over winter break junior year of college, & then i didn't pick it up again until about a month ago. now i am taking it slow, because it is fantastic. and i remember how quickly i devoured the letters volume 2 (Fear & Loathing in America). i wish i had had the foresight to save a copy of every word i ever wrote...
  • Hailey Johnson
    This is my first (albeit short) review that I have written on this site: I cannot more highly recommend any book or collection of Hunter S. Thompson's papers, ephemera, etc. If you have read any of his work read this-- every letter that they have found of his, including return correspondence, is collected in this rather massive collection.
  • Shannon Lorraine
    Hunter S. Thompson, the man behind his brilliance. I have many favourite authors, but Thompson is at the peak. These letters of correspondence shed light into the world Thompson lived, whilst sweating over a typewriter, in his pursuit of literary fame. Hilarious, brutal, shocking, but always honest. I plan to enforce this read upon all I know, and all whom should. Enjoy, you will.
  • Scott
    This collection of Hunter S. Thompson's letters offers, perhaps, the best insight into his genius. His letters, even at a young age, were literate, exotic, interesting and wildly amusing.
  • Jorge Moreira
    did get a view inside his head and taught me how to properly write letters.
  • Morgan
    I read this, after reading Hell's Angels, which I enjoyed. He saved every letter. Passionate, intelligent and impulsive, his letter writing is up there with his best published writing. I highlighted a lot of quotes in it. A complex person, not easily categorized, he was a member of the NRA, a fierce opponent of the Vietnam war, a friend of Ginsberg, an Air Force vet, able and willing to offend with language, afraid of a fascist future, in the for...
  • Richard Croner
    This book can be categorized as a stream of consciousness record of a bright, highly opinionated individual. This record occurred during a time when I was young and oblivious kid and carries thru the start of my military service. The latter period was when I was slowly becoming aware of this country and the world around me. Ironically, Thompson's observations and thoughts 50 years later were right on point. I vaguely remember people around me con...
  • Jonny Parshall
    Where to begin? This tome surprised me pleasantly. I had not high expectations. It is, after all, simply a collection of letters from Hunter S, and in most all cases, devoid of the opposing correspondence... like hearing only half of the conversation. And yet, though never intended to be a book in their composition, these letters provide a rather gripping, authentic narrative to the late fifties and 1960s and, effectively, an early memoir of the ...
  • John
    There's only one HST. Selah.
  • Brandon Mclaughlin
    Better then the Gonzo papers I love how personal these letters get. Best writing off Thomson is his letters.
  • Arthur Cravan
    I keep accidentally having my life changed by other people's journals & letters. I'll try to be changed by an actual novel next...
  • J.C.
    I remember I bought this book in 1999. I bought it the same day I bought the hard back edition of "Hannibal" by Thomas Harris (sorry no link, I'm writing this on my phone) which had just come out and I was very excited for even though I had only seen the movie "Silence of the Lambs" and had never actually read the book the film was based on (side note: I had not read "Red Dragon" either, I was just dying to know what had been going on since the e...
  • Ron
    The various biographies of Thompson and memoirs by friends are largely terribly written--sometimes attempting poorly to mimic his inimitable style--uninformative, or crassly pandering attempts to cash in on their brushes with fame. The first volume of Thompson's letters serves as a far more informative biography. In it, we see the young Thompson, full of brio and convinced that he has figured out the world, when he hasn't even found his voice or ...
  • John Johnson
    "As a competent journalist, I do, of necessity, 'dig facts.' I also dig money, Jack Daniels, and a fast-breaking job." ~ Hunter S. ThompsonThis is a collection of personal letters written by Hunter S. Thompson between 1955, when he was an airman in the Air Force until 1967, shortly after his first book, Hell's Angels, The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, was published. It is a great diary of a young man who couldn't keep ...
  • Joseph
    To characterize Hunter S. Thompson as 'enigmatic' is probably an understatement, given what one finds in this collection of his early correspondence. He was a technically-gifted writer, largely self-taught, and that skill shows in these letters. He was also an iconoclast whose rage always seems present, sometimes simmering below the surface, sometimes boiling over onto the page. Many people know Thompson from his best-known book, Fear and Loathin...
  • Daniel
    Rather enjoyed this book. More in-depth than a biography, more telling of the man then any fluff piece. Funny, sad, depressing at times, but his writing was brilliant.
  • Sirbriang2
    This was an interesting read: a collection of pre- and early-fame correspondence from Hunter S. Thompson, as he struggled to make it as a professional writer. Is it essential? Definitely not, but Thompson is an entertaining read even at his worst, and it is fun to see how weird he was, even before the drugs. Some of my favorites include his letter to President Johnson, trying to become our ambassador to Samoa, his various angry rants toward his l...
  • Paul
    This is the book that reveals the free-spirited intellect, which through his letters, essays and short biography, provided a much needed prophetic voice. He represented powerful truth and insight into the early post-war military-industrial machine as well as the moral and ethical fabric of America itself into the Cold War. I was both surprised and delighted to immerse myself into this book while residing in a small apartment in Morningside Height...