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The Best Hunter S. Thompson Books

Updated October 13, 2018 476 votes 119 voters 5.0k views17 items

List RulesVote for the Hunter S. Thompson novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best Hunter S. Thompson books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Hunter S. Thompson is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Hunter S. Thompson who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

Examples include Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72. What are Hunter S. Thompson's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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  • 1
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    65
    18

    SubjectsRock, Popular culture, Biography, United States of America, 20th century

    Genres (Book)Roman à clef, Autobiographical novel, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    #90 of 171 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read#60 of 154 The Greatest American Novels

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    Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72

    First Published1972

    SubjectsPolitics, International relations, United States of America, Democratic Party presidential primaries, 1972

    Genres (Book)Anthology

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 3
    The Rum Diary
    42
    17

    The Rum Diary

    Hunter S. Thompson

    First Published1998

    SubjectsLiterary, Classics, Puerto Rico

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 4
    The Great Shark Hunt
    30
    5

    The Great Shark Hunt

    Hunter S. Thompson

    First Published1979

    SubjectsPolitics, United States of America, Late 20th Century, Richard Nixon, History of the United States

    Genres (Book)Biography, Autobiography

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 5
    Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

    First Published1966

    SubjectsHells Angels

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  • 6
    The Curse of Lono
    22
    6

    The Curse of Lono

    Hunter S. Thompson

    First Published1983

    SubjectsPopular culture, Art, United States of America, Hawaii, Journalism

    Genres (Book)Biography, Fiction, Memoir

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 7
    Generation of Swine
    20
    6

    Generation of Swine

    Hunter S. Thompson

    First Published1988

    SubjectsPopular culture, Literature, Ronald Reagan, Politics, Classics

    Genres (Book)Travel, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 8
    The Proud Highway
    11
    4

    The Proud Highway

    Hunter S. Thompson
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  • 9
    Better Than Sex
    15
    10

    Better Than Sex

    Hunter S. Thompson

    First Published1994-08-22

    SubjectsPolitics, International relations, United States of America, Election, Late 20th Century

    Genres (Book)Biography

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 10
    Screw-Jack
    8
    2

    Screw-Jack

    Hunter S. Thompson
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  • 11
    Fear and Loathing in America
    7
    2

    First Published2000

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 12
    Mistah Leary – He Dead
    7
    3

    Mistah Leary – He Dead

    Hunter S. Thompson
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  • 13
    Kingdom of Fear
    11
    9

    Kingdom of Fear

    Hunter S. Thompson

    SubjectsUnited States of America, Journalism

    Genres (Book)Biography, Autobiography

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  • 14
    Songs of the Doomed
    7
    7

    Songs of the Doomed

    Hunter S. Thompson

    First Published1990-10

    SubjectsLiterature, Politics, Classics, Political history of the United States, United States of America

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • 15
    Hey Rube
    6
    7

    Hey Rube

    Hunter Stockton Thompson, Hunter S. Thompson
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  • 16
    Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone
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  • 17
    Happy Birthday, Jack Nicholson
    1
    4
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