BOOKSMITH: Timothy Denevi / Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 7:30pm

Booksmith hosts a special evening with Timothy Denevi (Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD) for his new book Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism. Please join us!


Hunter S. Thompson is often misremembered as a wise-cracking, drug-addled cartoon character. This book reclaims him for what he truly was: a fearless opponent of corruption and fascism, one who sacrificed his future well-being to fight against it, rewriting the rules of journalism and political satire in the process. This skillfully told and dramatic story shows how Thompson saw the danger of Richard Nixon early and embarked on a life-defining campaign to stop it. In his fevered effort to expose institutional injustice, Thompson pushed himself far beyond his natural limits, sustained by drugs, mania, and little else. For ten years, he cast aside his old ambitions, troubled his family, and likely hastened his own decline, along the way producing some of the best political writing in our history. 

This timely biography recalls a period of anger and derangement in American politics, and one writer with the guts to tell the truth.




Timothy Denevi is an assistant professor in the MFA program at George Mason University, and the nonfiction editor of Literary Hub. His first book, Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD was published in 2014. He received his MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Time, The Paris Review, andNew York Magazine, among others. He has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Tim lives near Washington, DC with his wife and children.




This event is free and all ages. RSVP appreciated but not required.



If you'd like a signed copy of Freak Kingdom and/or Hyper, order below and be sure to include your request in the special field.


Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541767942
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: PublicAffairs - October 30th, 2018

Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476702582
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 22nd, 2015