New York: A Rolling Stone Press Book, 1979. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth over black paper-covered boards, spine and upper board stamped in white, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"What do you say...about a generation that has been taught that rain is poison and sex is death? If making love might be fatal and if a cool spring breeze on any summer afternoon can turn a crystal blue lake into a puddle of black poison right in front of your eyes, there is not much left except TV and relentless masturbation. It's a strange world." First edition of the first volume in American journalist, author, and political junkie Hunter S. Thompson's Gonzo Papers series. Published between 1979 and 1994, the quartet collected his most famous pieces of journalism, providing indispensable commentary on post-Nixon America in the author's distinctive "gonzo" style. The Great Shark Hunt offers 46 entries covering Nixon to napalm, Las Vegas to Watergate, Carter to cocaine, along with the first piece to be dubbed "gonzo"—"The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved," which appeared in Scanlan's Monthly in 1970. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Some edgewear to boards, light foxing and offsetting from binder's glue to endpapers; unclipped dust jacket with some wear to spine-ends and edges, and light soiling. Very good. Item #3155