Generation of Swine

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Generation of Swine
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First edition
Author Hunter S. Thompson
Country United States
Language English
Series The Gonzo Papers
Subject Politics
Publisher Summit Books
Publication date
1988
Pages 304
ISBN 978-0-671-66147-2
Preceded by The Great Shark Hunt
Followed by Songs of the Doomed

Gonzo Papers, Vol. 2: Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s is a book by the American writer and journalist Hunter S. Thompson, originally published in 1988. The book contains 100 of Thompson's columns from the San Francisco Examiner, which discuss the politics and culture of the 1980s, with significant coverage of the Iran-Contra Affair. He predicts that the Democrats will self-destruct in the 1988 presidential campaign. He also makes bets about the Democratic Party candidates odds of winning their elections. People he dislikes are described as "money-sucking animals," "brainless freaks," "geeks," "greed-crazed lunatics" and so on. It is the second volume of the four-volume The Gonzo Papers series.

One oft-quoted, and misquoted,[1] passage from Volume 2 is about the television broadcasting business, specifically television journalism:

The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About.com. David Emery. Where Thieves and Pimps Run Free': Hunter S. Thompson meets the Internet via serial misquote. Retrieved on April 28, 2009.
  2. ^ Thompson, Hunter S. Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1988, p. 43. ISBN 0-7432-5044-3