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Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
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Huge bikes, filthy denim and an aura of barely contained violence; the Hell’s Angels could paralyze whole towns with fear, so terrible was their reputation.

But how much of that reputation was myth and how much was brutal reality? This book seeks the truth behind these latter-day barbarians.

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50th Anniversary Edition • With an introduction by Caity Weaver, acclaimed New York Times journalist

This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page.  It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.

Maverick author Hunter S. Thompson introduced the world to “gonzo journalism” with this cult classic that shot back up the best seller lists after Thompson’s suicide in 2005. No book ever written has more perfectly captured the spirit of the 1960s counterculture.
In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy.
But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.
Also a major motion picture directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.

The Bonfire of the Vanities: A Novel

The Bonfire of the Vanities: A Novel
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 bitingly hilarious American satire will forever define late twentieth-century New York style.

Tom Wolfe’s bestselling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress, until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward in a humiliating fall from grace.

A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class Black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City. Suddenly, Sherman finds himself embroiled in the most brutal, high-profile case of the year, as prosecutors, politicians, the press, the police, the clergy, and assorted hustlers rush in to further their own political and social agendas. With so many egos at stake, the last priority on anyone’s mind is truth or justice.