New York: Straight Arrow Books, 1973. First edition. Stated first printing on the copyright page in a first issue jacket with the white border around the photo on the rear panel. Inscribed by the author: "HST Sherry Neth Hotel July 26 '73 Cazart." The Sherry Netherland Hotel was one of the author's favorite stomping grounds while staying in New York. A wonderful early inscription, likely made while being interviewed by one of the book's first reviewers.
This copy annotated and marked by an unidentified, early reviewer. The book Very Good + on account of the annotations and minor signs of use, in a Near Fine dust jacket that is gently faded and worn at the spine, but generally bright and unrubbed. No other copy inscribed in the year of publication currently appears on the market.
A classic look at American politics focusing on the 1971 Democratic Party primary process, by the inventor of Gonzo Journalism. Illustrated by Ralph Steadman, Thompson chronicles in his inimitable style both the rise of McGovern to the nomination and the nature of political reporting itself.
“Thompson's book, with its mixed, frenetic construction, irreverent spirit and, above all, unrelenting sensitivity to the writer's own feelings while on the political road, most effectively conveys the adrenaline-soaked quest that is the American campaign.” (Contemporary New York Times Review) Very Good + in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #1090)