Hell's Angels - Hunter S. Thompson

Hell's Angels

By Hunter S. Thompson

  • Release Date: 1996-09-29
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4
From 170 Ratings


Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels—Hell’s Angels, that is—in this short work of nonfiction.
“California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur. . . The Menace is loose again.”
Thus begins Hunter S. Thompson’s vivid account of his experiences with California’s most notorious motorcycle gang, the Hell’s Angels. In the mid-1960s, Thompson spent almost two years living with the controversial Angels, cycling up and down the coast, reveling in the anarchic spirit of their clan, and, as befits their name, raising hell. His book successfully captures a singular moment in American history, when the biker lifestyle was first defined, and when such countercultural movements were electrifying and horrifying America. Thompson, the creator of Gonzo journalism, writes with his usual bravado, energy, and brutal honesty, and with a nuanced and incisive eye; as The New Yorker pointed out, “For all its uninhibited and sardonic humor, Thompson’s book is a thoughtful piece of work.” As illuminating now as when originally published in 1967, Hell’s Angels is a gripping portrait, and the best account we have of the truth behind an American legend.


  • Interesting book

    By Cyber_Grunt
    Well written Thompson classic. Recommend
  • Huh?

    By Chief Grayfeather
    While Thompson's other works are highly regarded, this book is a complete waste of time. I only finished this book out of principle; I'm still mad that I bought it. The characters described in this book are mostly illiterate idiots that celebrate they're own life failures by terrorizing people in a weird codependent stupor. I must've missed the point...
  • Hell hath no wrath

    By WarringTribes
    A lurching, engaging, meandering walk through the life of the Hells Angels and their associates. HST is a writer who picks you up and puts you in his pocket as you go along for the ride. His descriptive narrative paints a picture like few other writers can do. He brings characters to life and for moments you swear you can see the world through his eyes. Thank you