This book of Hunter S. Thompson essays and articles covers most of his early career, especially the time period when he was writing Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hell's Angels and the Watergate scandal. Many of these articles were incorporated into those other books, but a good portion of it hasn't been printed before outside of the original, now very-hard-to-find, periodicals.This is vintage Thompson. He covers pop icons (Jean Claude Killy, Muhammad Ali) in a way that you wish even E! News could just dream about doing once. And as far as I'm concerned, there's been no adequate writer of national politics since Thompson passed on; Gonzo journalism was the only thing that made that remotely readable for me. By nature, The Great Shark Hunt is a dated work - this is the late sixties and seventies as they actually were, not as everyone tries to remember them as to recapture their "lost youth". Any American citizen really needs to read Thompson's oeuvre to get a feeling for those tumultuous decades.